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Moonlight Trails by CapturingTheNight Moonlight Trails by CapturingTheNight
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I finally get a reasonably clear night after over a month of waiting and what do you know, the moon is too full to do any meaningful deep sky telescope work. I decided the night was to good to waste though so I setup for a startrail. I started out with one pointing East at the meridian so I would have stars radiating up from the horizon, but about an hour into the sequence I was on an aurora prediction website and there was a really strong auroral oval around the poles stretching nearly to Australia. On the very slight chance that this would continue to expand and reach my location I changed positions and started shooting south. No aurora but here is the resulting startrail. Foreground is lit from the light of the moon.

Canon 60D
Tamron 10-24mm Lens @10mm
ISO 320
Aperture F/3.5
30 second exposures x 192
Stacked in "Startrails.exe"
Final processing in PS CS3
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johnnyronnie Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013   Artist
i would love to see this for real. Your photography is out of this world !!!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D (Big Grin)
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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
Very glad you like it Pierre :D Thank you
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Man I'm tired from faving your great and awesome work XD
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Your continued support of my work is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much :D
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EmilioBrown Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
beautiful
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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EmilioBrown Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
you´re welcome
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Hmm I've been pondering this one for a couple of days now. I really like the shot, and the composition is great. The foreground is beautifully lit too. I just can't help feel that those trails look like they were just "stuck on". I think its just because of the high amount of moonlight affecting the sky and foreground that makes it feel that way. Like I say, overall I like the photo, its just a lil odd feeling when you look at it for too long. I think I'm just over analysing!

Anyway, what really strikes me about this image in particular is the seeming much higher concentration of orange stars in your sky compared to ours. Also top left of the image is that one of your Magellanic Clouds? seems to be a large number of stars in one area.

AnnnnnywhhooO! I hope I'm not being over critical here, if I am just blame the moon for the whole thing. Its ruining everything good right now!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Forgot the other parts....The more orange stars is due to my white balance being off. If I have dark skies I know exactly what the WB should be but with this moon effected sceen I couldn't get a good balance so I just let the camera run on Auto WB. This has turned many of the stars a more brown colour than I like. It has been further exagerated by a slight saturation of the stars in post.
The higher concentration of stars in the top left is because that is a section of the Milky Way running from top to bottom of the picture.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the critique mate :D More than welcome. It is a weird effect with the moonlit landscape and sky. I can't say I particularly like shooting star trails in moonlight. I much prefer dark trails and light painted foregrounds. It does look out of place and "stuck on" but I can assure you that the trails have not been pasted on from another picture.
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Cool, no probs dude :) Like I say, its not that I dont like it, just on examination it looks a lil odd.

I need to try stacking a trail, I've only ever done the single exposure, does it take long to process them?
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Forgot tutorial link [link]
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Awesome! I'll have to have a play.

I've heard of the gaps in that program, sounds like a lot of trouble really.

I'm definitely gonna give them a go though. this moonlight is getting irritating.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The gaps are not really due to the programs it's the blend mode they use, which is the same as if you did it manually in PS with a simple "lighten blend mode"
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Ahhh I see, interesting.

I'll stick to my single ones, I understand them! :D
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
There are a couple of automatic free programs that you can set and forget about that do the stacking for you. You can then do final processing in PS. They are [link] and [link] I've used both. Both pretty much produce the same final picture but each has one or two differences like "Startrails" can spit out movies for you, while "starstax" can save an image after each stack so you could then take those images and make a movie like this [link] Both of them however do leave small gaps in the trails. Not a problem at 900px wide like this upload but if you plan to do prints at large sizes then you probably need to spend a fair amount of time in PS doing the method described in this tutorial towards the end titled "Lighten Screen Blending (LSB) – Advanced Multi-exposure blending". I plan to try it out one day but most of my trails are hundreds of images long so it would take a while.
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FramedByNature Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Photographer
That a meteor down in the bottom-center? Awesome shot! What a great moonlit foreground.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much Evan :D Yeah there is a small meteor strike towards the bottom. There is also a couple of iridium flares to the right of center.
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Zeroth57 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks right out of science fiction movie where a time warp or vortex takes over ...

Very well done!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you like it Don :D Thanks for the great feedback
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siahposh Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just...WOW!!! :onfire:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much Sima :D
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siahposh Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely :heart:
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SocialOutlaw Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Very nice.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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SocialOutlaw Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
You're welcome .
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful exposure :clap:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
'Tis a pleasure, Greg :ahoy:
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theycome Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
wow, that landscape.. awesome trail
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the great feedback Olivera :D
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Great...Now I'm all dizzy! :icondizzyplz:

:lol: A fine startrail, indeed, Greg :clap: Looks like you caught a small meteor too! :iconwoohooplz: Your luck with aurora activity is about the same as mine :D back in October when we had that HUGE flare and aurora could be seen as far south as Georgia here I was sleeping in my truck in Montana--didn't know anything about it until it was over! :rofl:

At least you got out and did some shooting...I finally got a three day weekend and now it's too cold after weeks of beautiful night temps (for January in South Dakota temps in the 20s F and 30's F are mighty fine :D) Had fog move in last night.

Your shot looks a LOT like it looks where I live--kinda intriguing to me. Keep the shots coming :threaten: I can take it! ;)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much John :D and sorry for making you dizzy ;-) It would be a very rare event for auroras to reach my location but it is not unheard of. One day..... Sorry to hear that the weather has turned for the worse. Hopefully it improves soon for you.
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
You're welcome :aww:

:snowing: Bah!
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