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Space Travel Star Trail by CapturingTheNight Space Travel Star Trail by CapturingTheNight
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: Greg Gibbs. You may not use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.


After shooting "Space Travel" I thought it would be fun to do a star trail. Ideally I would like to do a star trail with a stop sign. Maybe another day. I also would have liked to shoot a lot longer but there was a lot of dew in the air, and I only got 30 minutes in before the lens started to fog over.

Canon 60D
Tamron 10-24mm Lens @ 11mm
ISO 1600
Combination of sixty 30 second exposures
RAW files converted to 16bit Tifs, then stacked in StarTrails [link]
Final processing in Photoshop Elements 8.0
Sign lightpainted with a mobile phone screen in one of the frames.
Feel free to tell me which one you like the best.

Edit: Woohoo!!! It's a DD. :dance: A big Thank You to all who faved and commented on this photo, and a particularly huge Thanks to those who suggested it and awarded it :hug:
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Given 2011-06-11
Suggester said; "The image sucks you into another universe, reminiscent of Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Also suggested by *ShesABromide and ^Kaz-D

Space Travel Star Trail by *obsidian2010 ( Suggested by Creative--Dragon and Featured by Anoya )
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Although there are many Star Trail images out there, this is probably one of the best that I have seen. It's one thing to do just a star trail image, it's another to incorporate elements such as light painting, and perfect use of landmarks, or in this case road signs.
The composition of this image makes you giggle a bit at the absurdity of being able to pick a direction to the stars, but at the same time you're drawn in to another universe almost... a universe where dreams can come true, and traveling through the stars is possible! Kinda reminiscent of Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy :)
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jarzseald Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
how do you warp that thing!? O_O so cooooool!!!!
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D No warp involved.  It is all natural.  That is how the stars naturally rotate through the night sky over time.
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jarzseald Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
How you manage to capture the rotation of the earth?? sorry for my dumb question. :3 hehehehe
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Read my blog post here (in particular the section on star trails): www.capturingthenight.com/freq…
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aguchaaaga Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love your photos!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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IreneGypsy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Cool! I tried something like that in Margaret river WA, key word being "tried" :D
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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IreneGypsy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
you're welcome :)
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simonebyrne Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012   Photographer
Brilliant, love it! :+fav:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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mixdouble Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Faved...
and my personal favorite of the two...
Using "movement"...
creates more power...
in this...
composition takes over...
and is stirring up rules of balance...!

The other picture...
is a true photo...
street photography at night...
This one is a cover for a cartoon magazine...!

And...
I still "want it" without the landscape...!
Then...
It belongs in any museum of modern art...!

Greetings to You Greg...Jakob.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll see what I can do about removing that landscape for you :D Thanks again for the great feedback
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
I prefer this sign to a stop sign actually. It invites me to explore space; there is no wrong turn and you don't have to stop.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the nice feedback :D
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
You're welcome. I really enjoy looking at this photo.
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silverfernn Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
"Feel free to tell me which one you like the best." this one is super cool in it's spontaneous effect. cheers to your DD !! :D
I personally feel and relate more to the longing in your other shot - and your description.
how wonderful that I've discovered your profile! :boogie:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you found my profile as well :D Thank you very much for all the great feedback. I really appreciate your thoughts on my work.
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silverfernn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you, too. and you're welcome. looking forward to more from you.
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tturqueza Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sorry forgot to comment this is Beautiful i love the concept the colors are amazing u r truly talented
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the great feedback :D
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tturqueza Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
no problem i just got a couple of nice shots last night will be uploading soon would love to know what u think
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
let me know when they are up....
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tturqueza Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
am uploading them now

i have a couple more that i'm going to work on but i kinda liked these i want to reshoot them have a better idea composition wise
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tturqueza Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
how do you get the look of the swirls in the stars is it multiple shots i have a idea for a shot using this technique


and do u know how to do time-lapse photos with a dslr thats another project that i have ideas for but don't know how to do them (just taking the photo's i know how to put them together once they r done)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes it is multiple shots stacked in "Startrails" [link] The swirls are caused by the rotation of the earth. If you want circles like this, shoot north (northern hemisphere) or shoot south (southern hemisphere) If you want straight lines shoot east or west. The best tutorial I have seen is this one [link] which will tell you everything you need to know to be able to capture something like this yourself. The only difference between doing a startrail and a timelapse is if you want to do both, you need to keep your exposures short enough that the stars do not begin to trail in the individual frames. It depends on your camera and lens but if you keep the exposures no longer than 30 seconds you should be fine (this is assuming that you are doing night time timelapses- if doing daytime then just auto expose and shoot image after image.) Generally timelapses are produced at 15 frames a second so you need a lot of photos to get minutes work of footage. So ideally you need big memory cards and lots of batteries to keep shooting for hours and hours. If you want to set up some kind of dolly to have the camera move and pan during the sequence then you will not be able to produce a startrail image as well. T do both you need to setup on a solid tripod and don't touch anything until you want to end the shoot. I programable remote release for the camera is a huge help to. You can view a couple of my humble timelapses here [link] and here [link]
Hope this helps.
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tturqueza Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks for the tips the links really helped i like your time-lapse vid's how big of a card do u recommend i have 2 right now a 4gig and a 16gig(class10) i also plan on doing video clips with my camera so i got a class 10 card how big of a memory card do u recommend i am about to get another 16gb class 10 card found some for like $15 which is not much in the big picture
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have a couple of 32gig class 10's but at $15 for 16gb just get a few of them. It depends on how many megapixels your camera is and what format you shoot in. I shoot in raw and jpeg on an 18megapixel camera and I can get about 500 shots on a 16gb card. Not sure about video.
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tturqueza Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
my camera shoots the same as yours 18megapixels for landscapes i usually shot jpeg and RAW for action shots i shoot jpeg

i'm about to get a second 16 class 10
and very soon after that i am going up to at least a 32gig
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Noradrenaline-photo Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   General Artist
Featured: [link]
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the great feature :D
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geolio Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
So this was only 30 minutes total????!!! I need to try something like this :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes only 30 minutes. Although the longer you can go with star trails the better the effect.
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Meema Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
I knew there was a reason your user name was familiar ;)

Beautiful shot. Really love star trails. I used to have a ton of them on an old account here, need to get back into them when my new remote arrives.

Stunning shot, though I must say I actually prefer your Milky Way shot :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh. Why's that? Did you see this when it was awarded a DD? I got so many people favouriting this at the time I'm ashamed to say that I skipped very briefly through all the people and then deleted the notices. So i'm sorry if I missed your work then. Would love to see some trails from you.
Thanks :D and yes I prefer the other one too.
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
I saw it before it had the DD, and then as I was going to fave/comment on this the power cut out and I couldn't find the bugger again!

I'll try get some older shots uploaded, I only recently realised that shooting in RAW is way better for this sort of thing :)
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011   General Artist
awesome work!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011   General Artist
welcome!
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Seda04 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
trippy....
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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dvdweng Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student General Artist
I was drawn into viewing, as it seemed like a terribly interesting photo, and it truly is. StarTrails, is it? So, it ultimately is a stop-motion... photograph. that's quite a novel idea. Until you look around and see that they all amount to the same thing, which is highly disappointing... =:/ Almost a "See one, see 'em all" situation. Which is unfortunate, but I do like it, truly.

Of course, the other, being more, ah, unique(?) seems to me to be more favorable. The cloud coverage is marvelous.

Either way, the incorporation of a bold complementary foreground object is superb.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for that great and honest feedback :D I really appreciate your thoughts on it. Yes, a lot of star trails are "seen one, seen them all" as you say, which is why I tried to find a unique foreground subject.
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PhotoshopAddict89 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
How did you get a shot like this without any hot pixels?? Did you take dark frames for this?
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I actually forgot to take dark frames for this shot which would of cleaned up most of the hot pixels. I must admit that I did spend a bit of time cloneing them all out individually from the final picture. There were not too many though as this was shot when the air temperature was very cold.
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PhotoshopAddict89 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
yeah I bet, whether its one long exposure, or tons of short exposures, the sensor still gets hot and makes hot pixels. You did a very nice cleanup job with the cloning. I would think that the Spot-Healing brush would be the ideal tool to use though. lol
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I have never tried that tool. Might have to try it one day.....
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