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1000 Miles Per Hour by CapturingTheNight 1000 Miles Per Hour by CapturingTheNight
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: Greg Gibbs. You may not use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.

1,000 Miles Per Hour = The speed at which the Earth is rotating at the equator

Timelapse sequence can be found here [link]

Decided to just go crazy with this star trail image from a few nights ago. There was a fair amount of wind and a few clouds about so I didn't get my telescope out, but I couldn't resist the dark skies. I more did this shoot for the timelapse video which I plan to put online soonish, which is why the ISO is so high. I wanted to capture as much of the Milky Way as possible. But of course, I then couldn't resist putting it all together into a single image. The high ISO brought out some weird star colours so I thought I would make the most of them and increase the saturation and vibrance of the colours in the image. Pretty happy with how it looks. I would love to know what you think of the effect.

Very similar composition to my last star trail, sorry. I do have a few interesting locations in mind, but couldn't be bothered traveling to them this night.

Previous Star Trail

26/10/2011
Canon 60D
Tamron 10-24mm Lens @ 10mm
254 x 35 secs exposures (total time: 2 hours and 28 minutes)
ISO 4000
Aperture F/3.5
In-camera noise reduction off
Continuous shooting mode with a remote cable release
Images stacked in "StarTrails"
Final processing in CS5.1
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:iconwagn18:
The change in colors with the star trails is what makes this photo unique. However, I only gave you 31/2 stars for originality because I have seen you do star trail shot in the past, and all of them are going to be somewhat similiar.

Your technique is great as always.

That's a whole bunch of stars!

I like the balance of the trees. There are just enough to flush out the photo. But not enough to draw the focus away from the sky.

My onlt real critique is that I think you may have overdone it with the trails. There just seems to be a little to much going on in this photo. It takes away a little bit of the impact for me.

Anyway, thanks for sharing another great work.
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CID228 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist
This is not only a :+fav:, it's also a Firefox bookmark...

..and that's so I can comeback and study the photo, edit and the camera settings.

Really "nice" startrail (..in lack of better words! =D)
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you like it :D Thank you so much :D
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JuttaK Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
How great idea! It looks really good.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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JuttaK Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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Johnny666666 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll never understand how to capture the scene (picture) with those elements of sky ( I mean the stars and so on)... Can you advice me?

For addition, your piece is really stunning like an majestic universe. I like it pretty much.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D Check out this [link]
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igreks Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
It is composed of 254 separately taken photos? wow :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D Yes 254 images stacked on top of each other.
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igreks Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Respect for your patience during taking the photos and during the processing the photos :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
To be honest it's virtually all automatic. I have a timer release on the camera which takes the shots. I just set it up and go back to the house. And the stacking of the shots is all done automatically too in a star trails program. Small tweaks in PS after they are stacked and there you have it.
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ori97 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
How do you do those colors? what WB did you use?
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Custom WB set to my very dark sky location. What the WB is for you will depend on your own sky conditions. Star colour enhanced by increasing the saturation and vibrance
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Calligurl63 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really beautiful and the sky sort of reminds me of a Van Gogh painting I once saw (I can't remember which one it was though).
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the great feedback :D Glad you like it.
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ESSEntialHelen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student Photographer
ISO 4000?
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes this was shot at ISO 4000
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ESSEntialHelen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Photographer
And you didn't had problems with noise?
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The 60D is pretty good at high ISO's. It can go up to 12,800. Of course the leader in the field of noise control (of Canons) is the 5D Mark II. One day I'll own one......
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ESSEntialHelen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Photographer
I envy you so much!
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DarkAssassin069 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
WOW........... speechless............
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you like it :D Thanks
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wulfdragyn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the colors look really good, but a little bold. The average person doesn't really think about stars having colors (or so I think!).
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for that great feedback :D I value your opinion on it. I certainly pushed the colour envelope on this trail.
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wulfdragyn Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Benzendrine Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Amazing!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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Benzendrine Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
you are welcome!
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DraculeaRiccy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional
this looks totally amazing! I didn't know that you can do such things with a camera...really great work :)
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the nice feedback :D I'm glad you like it.
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XpiecemealX Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
I dig this.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you do :D Thanks
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BorisMrdja Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
I dont agree with critique from wagn18.

"My onlt real critique is that I think you may have overdone it with the trails. There just seems to be a little to much going on in this photo. It takes away a little bit of the impact for me. "

In my opinion Startrails are what matters here! Everything else is just a backdrop .
But on the other hand I would like to see even longer trails from you up to 4h with some nice foreground detail as close to the camera as possible (a telescope?! ;) )

BTW You can clearly see milky way and center of the galaxy in the trails If you know what are you looking for
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for your thoughts on this one Boris :D I'm like you, in that for most trails the more stars the better unless you have a foreground you want to highlight more. It certainly was the case here, where I knew I didn't have much of a foreground at all so it was all about the stars. I'm certainly not saying he is wrong with his critique. That is wagn18's viewpoint and I appreaciate his thoughts (and yours too) on it.
Thanks also for the suggestions :D I do plan to do a really long trail one night. Hopefully a dusk to dawn sequence. I have a few interesting foreground locations in mind. The problem with using my telescope in the foreground up close is that I would be using it at the time so there would be all sorts of lights going on and I would be blocking a lot of the stars from time to time.
I'm glad you noticed that you can see the centre of the Milky Way in this. I just uploaded the timelapse sequence for this shot to You Tube. You can check it out here if you want [link]
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BorisMrdja Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
nice timelapse (better than the last one that was a bit dark)... as for using telescope as foreground. I know it's difficult but u can try to resist the urge to use it at least for one night ;) Or do expose your self and some lights next to it but don't over do it
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks once again :D
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Seda04 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
how did you get the side of the circle a little blue and the center black???
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I assume you mean the faint blueish/purple colour towards the horizon? That is the last few remnants of the light from dusk before the dark of the night takes over. You can see what I mean with the light in the video sequence of this shot here [link]
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Seda04 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thats one of the most beautiful things ive seen....
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Thanks
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Rojpix Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
g'day again... if the earth is 27000 miles round at the equator and it rotates once every 24 hours hows does the speed equal 1000MPH?

Cool shot btw
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D According to NASA website- at the equator, the circumference of the Earth is 40,070 kilometers (24,883 miles), and the day is 24 hours long so the speed is 1670 kilometers/hour (1070 miles/hr). So yeah, a little bit out but I like whole numbers ;-)
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Karenin-Akbash-07 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why do I have the impression that I already saw it on a book called "os fundamentos da astronomia"?
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Don't know? Never seen or heard of that book in my life. I can assure you that this image is one hundred percent my own.
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Karenin-Akbash-07 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know that this is yours, but for a minute I thought that they had stole it from you, I checked it, the images are very similar but the background is different.
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Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Awesome :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much mate :D
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Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
You are very welcome as always :)
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Lynn0814 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist
When I see your wonderful photo, I remind of the painting(The Starry Night) of Vincent Van Gogh. I can't use words to express how surprised I am.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm very glad you like it. Thanks :D I get the Van Gogh analogy a fair bit with my star trail shots.
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