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Re: night sky pictures

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:03 pm

Nice. Good stuff

I certainly don't have the patience to stay out and compose stuff like that.
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby upndown » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:23 pm

Oman wrote:Agreed! That is a spectacular shot (or shots). I'd love to hear how you did it. I tried but failed to do a shutter exposure over 50 seconds without having the stars turn into star trails. Amazing that you could catch a dozen meteors and still have the Milky Way remain tack-sharp.
That is the EXACT reason I asked him to give me the details. I love star shots, but haven't quite figured out how to 'track' the stars. Surely Matt will deliver!
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby mattpayne11 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:33 pm

Here's the same composition... and basically the same photos... only this time combined as a star trail photo:

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BTW I also wrote a tutorial if anyone is interested:

http://www.mattpaynephotography.com/blog/2012/11/star-trails-tutorial---how-to-take-awe-inspiring-night-photos

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby upndown » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:54 am

mattpayne11 wrote:Here's the same composition... and basically the same photos... only this time combined as a star trail photo:

BTW I also wrote a tutorial if anyone is interested:

http://www.mattpaynephotography.com/blog/2012/11/star-trails-tutorial---how-to-take-awe-inspiring-night-photos
Thank you Matt. That tutorial was well written and easy to understand.
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby mattpayne11 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:59 am

Here's an actual 14er at night. LOL.

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby shearmodulus » Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:05 am

What is the F-stop, ISO and shutter speed you're using for some of these? I have access to Nikon D300s with work (I'm Army Public Affairs) and I use a Canon S5IS for personal photography. I've been trying to do these for a while and haven't had much luck with the Canon since the longest exposure I can get is 15 seconds with an ISO of 1600.
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby mattpayne11 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:20 am

shearmodulus wrote:What is the F-stop, ISO and shutter speed you're using for some of these? I have access to Nikon D300s with work (I'm Army Public Affairs) and I use a Canon S5IS for personal photography. I've been trying to do these for a while and haven't had much luck with the Canon since the longest exposure I can get is 15 seconds with an ISO of 1600.


generally speaking, I almost always shoot these at 30 second exposures every 33 seconds on an intervalometer.... ISO between 800 and 3200 depending on the conditions. Lower f the better ;) f/2.8 or even more open than that if possible.

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby aiyers » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:56 pm

Matt,

thanks for the detailed instructions. I will have to try it out one of these nights...

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby Mark Curtis » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:10 pm

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby vonmackle » Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:53 pm

Twin Owls, RMNP. It's often a surprise to see what colors show up in long night sky exposures. The warm tones on the owls came from the soon to be setting full moon, which contrasted nicely with the cool tones of twilight. I wasn't expecting this result and now wish I would have taken a little more care in setting up the shot. (30sec @ f4,iso 400)
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby Mindy » Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:40 pm

http://blog.flickr.net/en/2013/02/01/a-trick-of-the-light/

Made me think of you - 14ers.com night sky photographers. Jury is still out for me on this guys work, but interesting none the less.

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby Leigh » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:28 pm

These are all incredible! It's amazing how many more stars you can see in Colorado than Illinois!!!

I was pretty happy to capture the Milky Way for the first time, taken this past September in Crystal, CO
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