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I didn't even know there was supposed to be a meteor shower that night, i got lucky. Same time and location as the last star shot, and again i don't know the details. The white glow to the right is the milky way, the orange at the bottom is light from town. The star in the middle is the north star of course ;)

Anyone who is interested in knowing the basics of how to set up a shot like this just send me a message!
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Lolita-FairyQueen Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009   Photographer
excuse me if i pick your brain XD ...awesomeeee shot!! i wish to know more plz!
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Olga-Zervou Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
feature [link]
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Sinan34 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
wow!
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sturmdang Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
so you need special lens or something? I just couldn't get it..
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Dolore Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
ooh, neat. This photograph really makes me wonder..
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Dreaming-Neon-Black Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
nice shot there. Great job getting the pole star in perfect composition like that. I think that the straight lines could be satelites.
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memopad Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
Satelites generally leave a much longer and brighter streak than the ones here, as they move so much slower ;) Thanks :D
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Dreaming-Neon-Black Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
ah I see, well wither way its a great photo!
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Poohblah Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
circles and lines, i like that
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IbexNubiana Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
very interesting! thanks for sharing the picture and the information. :)
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starrysurrealism Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008   Photographer
What a fun shot! I love the whimsical feel to this!
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hutchyb Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008   Photographer
Nice one. I'd like to try this myself sometime.
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DriftStudios Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Awesome shot. :)

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WildWinyan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008   Photographer
WOW makes me dizzy but I love it!!!
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ftpaddict Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Fascinating work. :)
Would you care to share your camera/lens/ISO/shutter speed/aperture with the rest of us (me)?
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memopad Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
Thanks :)

300d, 18-55mm lens, iso 100, around 15 minute exposure, f/7 or there abouts. Nothing fancy about my equipment :) Set on a tripod, use a shutter release cable, and you're all good. hardest part is focussing in the dark, might take some trial and error. Good luck!
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ftpaddict Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
Ah, thank you very much. I've been trying to shoot something like this for a long while, but I didn't have the money to experiment (shooting film is expensive, doncha know). Since I have an MF camera, focusing shouldn't be too hard now, should it? ;)
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memopad Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
Nah, i think most decent lenses will be sharp if you focus as infinity on the lens. The crappy thing i have has soo much play in it you can't do it that way, and have to actually focus using the viewfinder until things are sharp, a challenge at night to say the least :) Give it a try and see what happens! With film i'd just sent the lens pretty open (just a couple stops from full open) and let it sit out there for a half our or so. I would've gone longer but the noise from the digital sensor gets out of hand pretty quick. Film is ideal for this kind of work.
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ftpaddict Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Thankfully, all my lenses have a metal barrel, and their build quality is very good (God bless German and Russian optics :happycry:)
The EF-S 18-55 kit lens is adorable, isn't it? :giggle:

Thank you for the advice :thanks: I'll be hoping for clear skies.
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
nice shot! I usually do exposures for at least an hour on these start trail shots. Their great fun, especially if you have a fellow photographer to hang out with whilst your waiting for the exposure and the noise reduction!
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memopad Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
I get quite alot of noise from my 300d it seems like, never tried anything as long as an hour. How do you do your noise reduction? For this shot, i went through in photoshop and stamped out each hot pixel by hand, took way longer than the photograph did, kind of annoying :)
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
you should have an option in the camera for long exposure nr (noise reduction). Thats what you want to enable - it will counter out all the sensor radiation but it takes the same lenght of time as the exposure. ie you do a 1 hour exposure you then have to leave the camera for 1 hour to do the noise reduction routine. I think with the canon tho you can still take shots whilst that is working as my mates 5d lets him do that.

The nikons tie up the camera for the hour tho so you have to let it run its course.
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Dienices Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008   Photographer
How do you set it up then? Obviously a really long exposure, but don't you get too much light in or have you got a lens with a ridiculously high f number?
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memopad Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
On a clear night, in theory you can leave the shutter open for hours and never get too much light. The sky is black, so no light there, and the stars are constantly moving, so they won't burn in too much at one spot. I think this shot was around 15 minutes at f/5.6 or so. The light you see in my photograph is some light pollution from a nearby town. You need to be in a somewhat rural area for these shots to work best. Give it a try sometime ;)
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Dienices Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008   Photographer
cheers I'll give it a shot sometime if i can figure out how to make my camera give that long an exposure :-)
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J710 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Student Photographer
Wow, I'm an astronomy maniac I love this picture!
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memopad Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Thanks! I'll be doing more of these shots this winter, if the clouds ever go away.
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dzohara Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
BEAUTIFUL!!
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gloog5555 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
haha, you really got lucky on the meteor shower. That turned out to be a pretty good shot. Too bad the city got in the way of your picture taking :P
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memopad Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
Hopefully the city light isn't THAT distracting ;) And by city, we're talking town of about 19k people lol.
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gloog5555 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
nah, it isn't that distracting. i just recently was taking some photos with the full moon out where there are no cities and it looked the same as yours because the atmosphere near the horizon was reflecting all the moonlight. so you can also just say there was a full moon. hehe
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paradoxxymoron Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
Wow, I got so lost looking at this. I feel like I'm honestly looking up at the night sky, and I can feel the ground moving under my feet. I'm not a photographer in any sort of way, but I think the picture itself would be even more dramatic if the sky was darker. No idea how you'd do that, though. As it is, I think its still fantastic, it really catches your eye. I especially like it because I've stayed up late nights in the country so I could look up at the stars, and it gives me that same feeling of awe for what's "out there". ;) Thanks for sharing this.
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verdeesmeralda Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
Wow, amazing shot...
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IllustratedJai Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That's beautiful!

I've always loved Long Exposure shots of the night sky, and both this one and the other one are fabulous!
Lucky you on the Meteors!
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secretsyllables Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007   Photographer
great colors, love the picture :)
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