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had a great clear night and an idea for an image.


8 x 30s dark frames
75 x 30s bright frames (stacked for trails)
1 x 123s foreground exposure after sunset
1 x rock detail shot before sunset


one little anecdote:
this beach at night was a trippy ride. The sand is inhabited by some sort of bioluminescent creatures that respond to you walking near them and compressing the sand by lighting up and glowing a nice soft blue. so i was walking along the beach and had my foot steps be lit from underneath by glowing dots. it was like walking on lightning. i had a lot of fun with it while my exposures were ticking away.

any idea what kind of animal it could be?!?










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Nov 24, 2013 at 05:36 PM
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A very cool image. Love the colors and the trails.


Nov 24, 2013 at 08:06 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Stars over the Pacific


Gee willikers, Killer!
This is spectacular!
I hesitate to even mention this- but to me the hint of star trails in the reflection is a tiny distraction.
I scrolled to eliminate them- and kinda liked the result.
Charlie



Nov 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Stars over the Pacific


Beautiful image. Nicely done.


Nov 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM
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AMaji wrote:
A very cool image. Love the colors and the trails.


thank you. it was a fun project =)



Nov 25, 2013 at 06:01 AM
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Charlie Shugart wrote:
Gee willikers, Killer!
This is spectacular!
I hesitate to even mention this- but to me the hint of star trails in the reflection is a tiny distraction.
I scrolled to eliminate them- and kinda liked the result.
Charlie


dont hesitate charlie
im going to have a look at this image without the reflected stars.
its not something i had considered removing but its a possibility.
thanks for the idea and the praise =)

cheers!



Nov 25, 2013 at 06:03 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Stars over the Pacific


Excellent shot and well executed .
Harsha



Nov 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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Wow.. what a scene! I love the expanse of the frame including almost half of the frame with just star trails.
I always look for breathing space in the photo. To me those breathing spaces are as or more important than the main objects.
Here your image has stellar color, comp. Thanks for your much effort to culminate the result. Lovely!
Kee



Nov 25, 2013 at 01:12 PM
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Wonderful image Tyler

Morris



Nov 25, 2013 at 01:39 PM
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Wow - very cool image


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Stars over the Pacific


great job on the foreground and star trails. very nice.
David



Nov 25, 2013 at 05:24 PM
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Tyler,

Good job on the star trails and I like the orange glow. I agree with Charlie on the trail reflections on the foreground. It's a bit distracting. I guess because it doesn't show enough of the trail from the above it just looks like light aberrations. Just my thought on it.


Jason



Nov 25, 2013 at 07:54 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Stars over the Pacific


This is stunning. The color is amazing. I really like the reflections actually.


Nov 26, 2013 at 06:45 AM
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Your experience sounds very similar to what happens during red tides. Walking on the wet sand at the beach will create faint flashes of blue light. That usually happens more so in the warmer months though.


Nov 26, 2013 at 03:01 PM
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Hey Tyler,

What a cool shot, I like the look of how this came together. As for the glowing things in the sand... man... I just saw an article in this last week or so on them. Hopefully someone will know.

Now I need to ask, why 8 dark frames? When I have used the stacking software, I only used 1 dark frame.

Oh, and as for the reflections in the sand, I have seen shots where they distracted, but for me here, they work fine.

Seeing this shot has me really itching to get out with my new 14-24mm Nikon to go give it a whirl with some star shots!

Jim



Nov 26, 2013 at 09:14 PM
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The glowing is from a species of bioluminescent algae. Check this out! Pretty amazing when it is concentrated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUbIWqiynBY



Nov 26, 2013 at 09:23 PM
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Amazing photo. Amazing effort. Well worth it.


Nov 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM
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Yes definitely worth the effort. Very nice.


Nov 27, 2013 at 12:49 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Stars over the Pacific


Hey, very nice.

The glowing things in the sand are reflections of the star trails (off the wet sand). If you copy the image, flip it vertical and align the horizons on top of each other (photoshop equivalent of an optical reflection), you can see that the stars and angles line-up perfectly.

That's a really great effect, one I've not seen before on star trail images.

Eric



Nov 27, 2013 at 02:42 PM
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JimFox wrote:
Hey Tyler,

What a cool shot, I like the look of how this came together. As for the glowing things in the sand... man... I just saw an article in this last week or so on them. Hopefully someone will know.

Now I need to ask, why 8 dark frames? When I have used the stacking software, I only used 1 dark frame.

Oh, and as for the reflections in the sand, I have seen shots where they distracted, but for me here, they work fine.

Seeing this shot has me really itching to get out with my new 14-24mm Nikon to go give
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i usually try to do a dark frame every 10 bright frames. it helps even out the noise as the dark frames are averaged and subtracted from the bright frames.

thanks for the comment on the reflected stars. i took a look at it with and without and i could really go either way. they dont really distract for me so im going to leave em.

get out and get some stars Jim! thanks for the comments!

-Tyler



Nov 29, 2013 at 05:20 AM
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