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Klaus Priebe
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Steve, #2 is just amazing! Great work!



Aug 04, 2013 at 02:30 AM
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p.3 #2 · Couple Of Star Trails + How To Video


Both images are inspirational, Steve. Race Track is a gimme, but the Zabrinski shot is sublime!
Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I learned a new trick and it was to the point.
The sharing of knowledge is a real gift in this craft.



Aug 04, 2013 at 05:13 AM
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Thanks Klaus & lighthawk


Aug 04, 2013 at 06:10 PM
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Hi Steve,
Congrats on winning FTOW! Very well deserved.
The finals results and finalists were also posted below:

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Aug 04, 2013 at 07:35 PM
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p.3 #5 · Couple Of Star Trails + How To Video


Steve sets his Nikon to continuous shooting mode, and locks off the cable release.
Anyone know if this works similar on Canon? I use a 6D and 7D, but don't recall seeing this setup.
Seems like I can choose bulb or manual on the dial, and shooting mode of multi or single shot. Maybe this is obvious, but I'll still ask the question.



Aug 05, 2013 at 02:39 AM
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p.3 #6 · Couple Of Star Trails + How To Video


I really like #2. As for #1, I agree with Charlie, it looks busy.
May be there is a way to play the star trails down, or try a different (square) crop.

Sasha.



Aug 05, 2013 at 04:50 AM
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p.3 #7 · Couple Of Star Trails + How To Video


Couple fantastic photos there Steve! Great work!


Aug 06, 2013 at 03:50 PM
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p.3 #8 · Couple Of Star Trails + How To Video


What I love about #2 is that I have absolutely no clue as to the scale of the foreground slopes (since landscapes like that are fractals)... care to enlighten?


Aug 06, 2013 at 04:07 PM
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p.3 #9 · Couple Of Star Trails + How To Video


Thanks again for the kind words and feedback

@Matt - Thanks The foreground is actually pretty big, I don't have any idea how high / deep, but I know a person would look pretty small if they were walking through it in the photo.



Aug 06, 2013 at 04:49 PM
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I have enjoyed your tutorial on star trails. I have planned a 160 mile trek to Nepal and would like to take some star trails. I have a canon 5d mark2, but the digital and manual release cords that I have do not allow for repeat automatic photos. Do you have any ideas.
thank you Randy



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p.3 #11 · Couple Of Star Trails + How To Video


Steve,
These are spectacular! wonderfully done.



Aug 06, 2013 at 05:24 PM
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Steve Perry wrote:
Thanks again for the kind words and feedback

@Matt - Thanks The foreground is actually pretty big, I don't have any idea how high / deep, but I know a person would look pretty small if they were walking through it in the photo.


Are the lines on some of the ridges trails?

edit: mmm that's a dumb question haha, because they fade into cliffs/nothing, but are they about that size?



Aug 06, 2013 at 05:44 PM
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p.3 #13 · Couple Of Star Trails + How To Video


Thanks Sunny!

@Matt - Yes those are trails where people walk up the ridges. They're a little narrow, so it gives you an idea of the scale.



Aug 06, 2013 at 09:01 PM
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p.3 #14 · Couple Of Star Trails + How To Video


mmm ... star stacking at the Racetrack Playa. Very lovely shots! Youtube Star Stacking in Photoshop <--- love this technique in particular.


Aug 09, 2013 at 08:32 PM
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Buffalonian wrote:
mmm ... star stacking at the Racetrack Playa. Very lovely shots! Youtube Star Stacking in Photoshop <--- love this technique in particular.



Thanks for the kind words

I have used the PS method (n the video you link to) before, but if you zoom into your shot afterwards, you'll see it (unfortunately) leaves little tiny gaps between the exposures. Probably not a big deal, but StarStax helps you to fill those in, and it's free




Aug 09, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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p.3 #16 · Couple Of Star Trails + How To Video


I really like them both but #2 is best.... Congrats


Aug 15, 2013 at 02:24 AM
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second. one. epic.


Aug 15, 2013 at 04:03 AM
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Nice video and great photos. Thanks so much.


Aug 15, 2013 at 04:36 AM
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p.3 #19 · Couple Of Star Trails + How To Video


Steve, thanks for the time you put into this and your other videos. I find them very helpful!

Both of your shots are top notch, btw!!

When I first read this thread, and noticed several people asking about assembling star trails in Photoshop, I was reminded of an action I use. It's taken me some time to track it down, but here is the info:

This action was written by a fellow FMer who has posted here extensively in the past. In fact, he had a massively long thread on this forum about star trail photography, I guess several years back. His name is Floris (took me awhile to remember it!). His action is called Lighten Screen Blending, and can be found on this page:

http://www.artinnaturephotography.com/gallery/twilightarticle/

note that this action doesn't have the slick interface of StarStax. I really like having that slider where you can adjust the sensitivity of the blending. Hope this helps someone out.



Aug 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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p.3 #20 · Couple Of Star Trails + How To Video


Man that second photo makes me feel like an idiot... I could never get that sort of result! Unbelievable!

Thanks so much for the video tutorial also, tremendously helpful!



Sep 15, 2013 at 02:03 AM
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