1. _belial

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    Hi all,

    I prefer to do my shooting at night it must be said. There's just something relaxing about sitting on top of a hill or up a mountain in the wee hours of the morning, with nobody around to disturb you.

    Usually I go for pretty long star-trail images, but as a rule, before I start a star trail I'll always do a high-iso (3200+) test shot first, to make sure it's all in focus and composed nicely etc. These images usually just get thrown away in lightroom, but occasionally I look at one and end up preferring the test-shot to the star trail.

    This is one such image. Yes it's a bit noisy (click on image to go to flickr to view large), this is ISO 3200 afterall, but there's just something about it I really like.


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    Here's the 2nd image, the star trail for same location.

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    Last edited: Mar 15, 2010
  2. chivers67

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    That's a great image, i don't think these days you'd get away with calling a Lake that :)
     
  3. jgs001

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    Lovely... It looks like a stunning site too with wonderfully dark skies.
     
  4. Grumpy_Git

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    My lil brother got married there 2 years ago this is a great pic that reminds me exactly of the area (dark skys and mountains!)

    Great "throw away" shot.

    Nick.
     
  5. Tibs

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    Beautiful.
     
  6. _belial

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    Thank you all, i've got so many pictures from my vacation to get through it'll take me all year :)

    Nick, if your brother got married there he was very lucky, it's a wonderful place, I went there on my honeymoon and fell in love with the country. This was my 4th holiday back there.
     
  7. IanClark

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    I hear ya Carl. I think I deleted the ISO 1600 images I took for my star trail tests. Wish I hadn't in a way... in fact, I'm going to go and have a look in case I do have them.

    Love the stars in this shot mate.
     
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    awesome mate im off to gambia in a couple of weeks so the opportunity is there for me to try shots like this due to the very low pollution levels over there! No chance in manchester where i live!
     
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    Carl

    That's a really nice shot and the noise in the image doesn't detract from it - when I looked at the large size on flickr I'd say it actually added a little something

    (y)
     
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    Very nice indeed.
    Looks as if it's been shot on another planet.
     
  12. _belial

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    Thanks all, i've always loved doing star trails + star shots, so Canada is a haven for me, even if I do live in deepest darkest Wales :0

    Updated post with a 2nd image now, showing the star trail I took that evening.
     
  13. vulcan2912

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    Really like both of those.Star trails have been on my "to do" list for a few years without actually ever giving them a try.

    Cheers
    Gary
     
  14. Mohain

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    Lovely couple of shots (y)
     
  15. joescrivens

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    i used to live right near lake minnewanka and always used to chuckle when i drove past the sign, then i was told by a local it's not pronounced wanka but wonka
     
  16. norvic-boy

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    Fantastic images... but why oh why would you call a beautiful lake that? :LOL:
     
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    its a first nations word lol i dont think it means the same thing to them lol
     
  18. IanClark

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    Cracking star trails as usual Carl :)

    Has to be said you were my inspiration for the Scotland Loch Lomond star trails I did :)
     

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