These are some amazing long exposure shots.

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Muddee's picture
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These are some amazing long exposure shots.
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Wow, truly amazing. I would love to try this sometime. It reminds me of the daytime sunburst photo I took while camping last fall where it actually looks like it's the middle of the night! LOL

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super cool!

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I love the ones where you can see where the stars have moved Smile

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That is SO cool!

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That is way awesome!

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"La123" wrote:

I love the ones where you can see where the stars have moved Smile

Agreed! I sooooooo want to attempt a star trail shot. Nights here are cloudy most of the time though. I guess clouds would make for interesting imagery too, I suppose.

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WOW, those are amazing!

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Ok, I have ALWAYS wanted to try the star trail. Any CLUE on how to do this? We live where you can see the stars soooo good and I would love to give this a try....

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"sadieruth" wrote:

Ok, I have ALWAYS wanted to try the star trail. Any CLUE on how to do this? We live where you can see the stars soooo good and I would love to give this a try....

All it really requires is long exposure time. I read something that said that the stars appear to move in 15 seconds, but I noticed when I took my eclipse photos that you could see star movement even at only 3 seconds. Stars travel at, I think, 15 degrees per hour, so that's like a fist and a half when you hold your fist out at the sky, so if you expose for an hour, you'll get a fist and a half of star trail.

As an example, here is the eclipse at totality with an exposure of 5 seconds. That white speck on the right is star movement.

eclipse2 by sultana2_10, on Flickr

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TFS these. They are awesome!!

Like others have said, I would love to do these. I know how to do the long exposure, but how do I set it to a certain amount of seconds?

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So, I assume that I would just set my exposure time for whatever I want it to be (say, 30 seconds), and then, using my light meter, bring all the other settings into line (or, I could just use the priority setting, I suppose)? And, my shot will look like it was taken during the day? I guess I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around this one. I understand that when the shutter is open so long, it lets all the light it. But, if the pic is being taken at nighttime, there is no light to be had, right?

I've been poring over those pictures trying to grasp the concept, because I SO want to try this!

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I'm thinking that the ones that look like day time were started at sunset, so that the sunlight was still visible for part of the exposure. I'm scratching my head at the long exposures with stars but no star trails. I'm guessing it's some kind of HDR Photoshoppery going on.

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This was taken Wednesday night out my back window with me just playing about.

ISO 80
f/3.2 (sadly my camera doesn't let me adjust this)
Exposure 15 seconds (longest my camera will do)