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Entering The Half Pipe by CapturingTheNight Entering The Half Pipe by CapturingTheNight
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: Greg Gibbs. You may not use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.

The third quarter moon rises on the horizon and enters the "half pipe".

I made a big mistake with this startrail. For the second time in a row I forgot to dial in my custom white balance. The camera tries its best but the auto white balance setting leads to unnatural star colours. Until I get around to manually changing the white balance on all the RAW files this will have to do for now.

Some of you may be wondering why I didn't have my astrophotography setup out on a good night like this. The truth is I have had a back/hip problem for the last two weeks and I physically can not lift the heavy mount. Hopefully recover soon.

Canaon 60D
Tamron 10-24mm @ 10mm
Aperture F/3.5
ISO 800
245 times 30 second exposures
Stacked in "startrails.exe"
Final processing in PS CS3
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SimplyMikey Featured By Owner Edited Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi,
This photo was featured in my journal post :)
simplymikey.deviantart.com/jou…
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012   Photographer
I like seeing how the trails curve in the opposite direction on opposite sides of the celestial equator.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the feedback Bert :D
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012   Photographer
You're welcome! :)
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
:ohmygod: Took me a minute to figure out the strange pattern in this startrail :rofl: I'm not quite the astronomer you are, Greg and my sense of direction isn't the best and I'd be totally lost in Australia as I'd be looking for the Big Dipper and the North Star to get my bearings! :laughing:

Anyway, nice grabs on this, Greg :thumbsup:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks John :D It is a bit different to most trails that you would see. Well if you ever make it down under I would gladly be your night sky tour guide mate :D
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
You're welcome :aww:

Sounds like a deal to me! :handshake:
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PierreRodriguez Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful photo ! Great job
Pierre
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much Pierre :D Glad you like it.
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athoa-adelfi Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012   Photographer
Just Superb.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
U rly should make some wallpapers of your good photos :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D No wallpapers at the moment.
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Victoria-M Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Wow it's interesting how the curves of the trails change.. Is that because of the type of lense you use? I am really curious! :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D The curves are due to the rotation of the earth. This is shot looking directly east. As the Earth rotates towards the east any stars in the east will perform straight lines in the sky. As you move closer to the poles the stars start to bend around the poles. Best way I can describe what you are seeing here is.... Stand up. Imagine that your body is the axis of the earth and your head is the north pole and your feet the south pole. Now look at a spot on the ground close to your feet and turn around once. What happens to that spot? It performs a little circle around your feet. Now look at a spot about 10 feet away and turn again. What happens? It makes a bigger circle around you. Now look at a spot far away on the horizon and turn again. What happens to the spot? It makes a straight line around your head. Hope this explains it.
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Victoria-M Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Oh hurp de durp, why did I not realise that >.< !! Yes I completely understand, thankyou! :)
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
If you can't lift your mount Greg I'll happily take it off your hands ;)

Dont get down on yourself, this is a really great shot dude, I really like it (mutters under his breath about wanting to try this for ages). Awesome trails, and I think your colours look alright, out of interest what is your white balance in Kelvin?

Nice shot dude :) Hope thine issues solve themselves soon. Take it easy!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:lmao: Nope. You can't have it mate. I'm all better now. Had some therapy done on it yesterday. I'm mended! :D Thanks for the kind feedback on this. 3800 Kelvin but I must stress that this is for my dark skies. What your optimum WB temperature is will depend on your sky conditions.
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Damn *plots*

My skies are pretty good, but not as good as yours. Next decent night I'm going to work on this idea, I've just auto balanced in the past, and it generally seems to be favourable. But I'd like to have it bang on.

Glad to hear you're feeling better, don't slip on any banana skins ;)
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theninja42 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Photographer
really great and i hope you start to feel better soon
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much Nathan :D Feeling 200% better now after I had some massage therapy done on it this afternoon.
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theninja42 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Photographer
Good to hear. Did you have any luck with the lappy?
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Have not got one yet. Still thinking about what would best suit my needs. Might have to replace my desktop computer soonish too so money might become an issue with the lappy. May need to put it on hold for a while.
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AbdoHad Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is really wonderful !
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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Bobby01 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome startrail mate! Changing all the RAW files would have taken forever! Where was this one taken?
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much Clive :D Means a great deal coming from you. I have not got around to changing all the RAWs yet. Leaving that for a very rainy day. This is basically as shot, with the off colour stars. Really lazy with this one. Taken from my back deck from my house near Wagga Wagga looking east out towards the Snowy Mountains
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Bobby01 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha yeah well you can be excused for being a little lazy! Especially with 245 files to change! ;p
You're pretty lucky to get this view from your back deck! In Sydney we can hardly even see the stars with all the light pollution! Hoping to get out and about again soon and experiment with some more startrails...
My last one was shot in jpeg so will be interesting to see the difference when shot in RAW, do you have to convert all the files to tiff first or can startrails handle RAW files?
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Startrails can not handle RAW files. So yeah if you want better quality or to change a setting then you would need to convert them all to Tiffs. I'll let you in on a little secret. All the star trails in my gallery were processed from just the jpegs. I still have all the RAWs (I shoot in RAW + jpeg) so if I ever get around to launching a website and offering prints I will reprocess the best ones from the RAWs for the best possible print quality. I think I will need a rainy month for that ;-) Can't wait to see your next experimentations.
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Bobby01 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
haha yeah that will certainly take a while!! I was quite happy shooting in jpeg for the startrails as I had to degrade the quality of the images anyway as startrails kept crashing! Not sure if its an issue with the program or with my computer, but I'm running a fairly decent setup so didnt think it would be an issue...
Whats the highest resolution you use in startrails? I'm shooting at 18MP...
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
18MP is what my camera shoots at too. Never had an issue with it crashing on my jpegs. Maybe try downloading the latest version and see how it goes??? or.....there is another program very similar to startrails. StarStax [link] produces exactly the same results but has a few features that startrails does not have and vice versa.
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Bobby01 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Maybe I had too many other programs running in the background...tends to slow things down a bit!! I'll check out StarStax as well thanks :) Will have to head out soon to get some more shots!
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Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Great shot Greg. And get well soon
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much Martin for both the praise and get well wishes :D Had some treatment today and feel a lot better now.
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HappyBlueNeo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is pretty cool. I like how the star trail is... what's that word? Not angled but... Best way I can describe it at the moment is it looks like sound waves coming from opposite ends )))((( and colliding. Very cool
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the great feedback :D Glad you like it.
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The-Dude-L-Bug Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! the bane of Manual controls; Forgetting to reset the WB, ISO, or whatever setting. Something always slips outta mind!
LOL! I think of it as our frequent flyer reward for using auto modes. ;)

OH I can relate to the hurts getting in the way.
Health issues are why my photo &/or astro work has few & far between...
especially in the colder months.

Good luck & speedy recovery.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
HaHa :D Yeah. There always seems to be something I forget to do. I remember that I once forgot to even focus. Needless to say those shots just went straight in the bin. Thanks for the get well wishes. I had some treatment done on it today and I feel much better now.
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siahposh Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it`s...i love the stars more than anything in this world,i love how i can imagine their songs...it`s lovely :heart:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm very glad you like it. :D Thank you so much
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princevlad39 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
I hope your back gets better. That is exactly why I have not had my scope out. I want that 60D !
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much mate :D Had some therapy done on it today which has made it much better. I hope you get well enough to get your scope out soon as well. I'll probably sell my 60D at the end of this year and upgrade to a 5D Mark II.
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princevlad39 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
I might be interested in that 60D if the freight is not too much!
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katlakytja Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
nice!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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nutmeg-42 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Wow, that's a different star trail than I normally see. I actually like the different colours of the stars. :-) Hope your back/hip doesn't restrict you for too long. That was one of the reasons I didn't go any further with trying some astrophotography. I'm the sort of person that if I decide to do something I try and do it as properly as I can. When I saw the weight of these things, I didn't think my neck/shoulder would appreciate it. The weight of my camera and lens alone aggravates it. Mind you my camera/lens isn't very light weight either. :-)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the great feedback and well wishes Margaret :D I'm feeling much better now after having some therapy done on it today. I hope you neck/shoulder doesn't restrict you to much from getting out and taking those awesome shots of yours. My ultimate goal is to have a permanent home like an observatory for my astrophotography equipment so I don't have to lug it in and out from the house whenever I want to use it.
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nutmeg-42 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Having your own observatory would certainly be cool. My injuries don't restrict me in the fact that when I have the camera in my hands and up to my face everything else goes away. It's after that it rears it's ugly head, but I'll be stuffed if I'm going to let that get in the way of my photography. Besides I'm not adverse to popping a pill.....or two. :D
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11thDimensionPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot, Greg! :clap:
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