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Want Pointers My first star trails

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Think I need a better foreground interest but have to work with what you have during this lockdown.
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Nice one Paul! I like the different colours you have in the starts (I thought they were all "star" coloured...)
Just a little detail in the trees might be nice - can you pull anything out, or clone a bit in from elsewhere?
 

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Beautiful!
 

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Good start! Haven't tried myself yet. Technique?
 

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Thanks @Pete Larkin, managed to get some detail in the trees.
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Good start! Haven't tried myself yet. Technique?
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Point camera at pole star
Settings ... F4 or f5 ... iso 1600 ... 25second shutter speed .... continuous drive ... use remote control lock shutter ..... take 100-200 shots.
Download the free StarStax prog to stack images (plenty of vids on the internet)


Oh and one main thing ..... do it at night ..... :D;):cool::exit:

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First try? Looks way better to me then first try, looks pretty awesome. I've never tried this so no expert by any means, but as you've already noted the foreground leaves a little to be desired. Other then that I'd say "Happy Trails" you've got this.
 

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First try? Looks way better to me then first try, looks pretty awesome. I've never tried this so no expert by any means, but as you've already noted the foreground leaves a little to be desired. Other then that I'd say "Happy Trails" you've got this.
Ok actually second try .. .first try was a few days before, but I forgot to lock the remote shutter so I only got 1 image ... after I waited all night I was gutted ... lol.
 

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Ok actually second try .. .first try was a few days before, but I forgot to lock the remote shutter so I only got 1 image ... after I waited all night I was gutted ... lol.
No laughter from the peanut gallery......we've all been there. LOL
 

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Nice job. Details in the foreground is easy enough, a light painted frame or two at the beginning, or even a dusk frame then come back when dark (it's surprisingly long to wait!) and shoot the trails
 

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G'day Paul

Whether it's your 1st "successful" star trails or not - it's more than okay as the start of a long-term collection of such images. I have hundreds of such images - and 'strangely' the foreground is the bit that changes most each time :)

I often wander around pre-sunset to find a foreground to sillhouette, then early in the peace - or just before ending it late at night, I sweep the very bright torch across the foreground to illuminate it ~ later on I can decide whether to include or exclude that final image

I always use max aperture + ISO 800 to 6400 depending on what I am after + 20 or 30 sec exposures + continuous (obviously)
If I use the FZ-200/300 bridge / superzoom camera, it can only shoot 100 pics before stopping - so 100 x 20 secs = 33 minutes (or thereabouts) so every 30 minutes I go outside, cancel the remote control and immediately press it 'on' again for the next 30 minutes. When the battery runs out, that's the end of that night's shooting ... so I get 350 to 500 images to play with later on

ps- for others here - the colour of the star varies depending upon the gas burning within the star
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G'day Paul

Whether it's your 1st "successful" star trails or not - it's more than okay as the start of a long-term collection of such images. I have hundreds of such images - and 'strangely' the foreground is the bit that changes most each time :)

I often wander around pre-sunset to find a foreground to sillhouette, then early in the peace - or just before ending it late at night, I sweep the very bright torch across the foreground to illuminate it ~ later on I can decide whether to include or exclude that final image

I always use max aperture + ISO 800 to 6400 depending on what I am after + 20 or 30 sec exposures + continuous (obviously)
If I use the FZ-200/300 bridge / superzoom camera, it can only shoot 100 pics before stopping - so 100 x 20 secs = 33 minutes (or thereabouts) so every 30 minutes I go outside, cancel the remote control and immediately press it 'on' again for the next 30 minutes. When the battery runs out, that's the end of that night's shooting ... so I get 350 to 500 images to play with later on

ps- for others here - the colour of the star varies depending upon the gas burning within the star
Phil
Do you shoot in Raw, the total file size is huge and processing takes an age ... I may try jpg next time what do you think.
Oh and who lights the gas ????????? :exit:
 

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G'day Paul

Raw- nup, I am a 100% jpg fella..... tried RAW multiple times over the years and found that after processing it didn't look better/ much different from a jpg shot as I can set them up in the camera via the Panny imaging options

Stars ... I usually start about 20 minutes after actual sundown to get some twilight in the sky. From the images so produced I will select a start / base image whose sky suits my vision of the scene - this often means not using the first 5-20 images and using the remaining 200 - 400 whatever images

I also shoot on nights with a full moon to get a good handle on foliage and building facades too :)

Hope this helps
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Good one. The stars are great.
I've only done this once as well (must do some more with these clear skies at the moment) but I found wondering around with a flash gun, firing it off at a few trees now and then helpful.. StarStax does the rest. With so many images to process, I shot these as jpg's as I wasn't editing them all.
 
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