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The Art of Photography => User Critiques => Topic started by: jeremypayne on August 16, 2010, 06:54:24 AM

Title: Star trails
Post by: jeremypayne on August 16, 2010, 06:54:24 AM
Thoughts?

Title: Re: Star trails
Post by: RSL on August 16, 2010, 09:59:19 AM
Jeremy, Interesting pattern, but what's that star heading northeast when everybody else is heading northwest?
Title: Re: Star trails
Post by: RFPhotography on August 16, 2010, 10:47:16 AM
Could be a meteor or satellite.  

Seems there are a lot of these types of shots cropping up in the last week or so around the Perseids.  ;D

What was your shooting sequence?  How much time between shots?  I ask because of the gaps between the trail sections.  I've got the same thing. 
Title: Re: Star trails
Post by: Luis Argerich on August 16, 2010, 11:05:48 AM
This doesn't work for me, not even as an abstract.
The gaps in the trails are not very nice and there is no composition.

Sorry
Title: Re: Star trails
Post by: BartvanderWolf on August 16, 2010, 11:06:47 AM
Thoughts?

Hi Jeremy,

I prefer continuous trails rather than 'dashed'. What was the interval between images, and what were the exposure settings?

Cheers,
Bart
Title: Re: Star trails
Post by: popnfresh on August 16, 2010, 11:53:25 AM
This will make a cool wallpaper for my phone. Thanks!
Title: Re: Star trails
Post by: jeremypayne on August 16, 2010, 01:08:54 PM
The interval timer was set to shoot 30 seconds at f/2.8 @ISO 200 every 45 seconds.

I had originally intended to shoot at ISO 1600 and to let it go for a lot longer, but when I realized I had left Auto-ISO "on" and it was shooting at 200 rather than 1600, I stopped the shoot after only 18 frames.  Top make a very long story short, I didn't setup again for another shot ... may do some more next weekend.  I processed the images with a decent exposure boost (+3 EV) to make up for the accidental lack of sensitivity.

Personally, I like the look of the dashes ... I was intentionally going for that look.  Also, I cropped a bunch to make the streak more prominent.

I'm also pretty sure that the streak is a meteor ... having gotten fooled last year by a couple planes, I'm pretty sure this one is a Perseid.  In the individual exposures there is a small flury of streaks with one much more prominent than the others ... that is the one you can see clearly in the composite.

Title: Re: Star trails
Post by: John R on August 16, 2010, 06:50:24 PM
This doesn't work for me, not even as an abstract.
The gaps in the trails are not very nice and there is no composition.

Sorry
I have to agree with Luis. I really don't see what is being communicated. Neither star trails, nor rhythm, nor pattern.

JMR
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Title: Re: Star trails
Post by: armand on August 17, 2010, 08:49:48 AM
This will make a cool wallpaper for my phone. Thanks!

That's a very good idea  ;)
Title: Re: Star trails
Post by: jeremypayne on August 17, 2010, 09:15:38 AM
Here's what I've got on my phone and iPad these days ... from 4th of July ...

Title: Re: Star trails
Post by: shutterpup on August 17, 2010, 12:43:14 PM
This makes me think of a close-up of textured fabric; in that respect, I find it pleasing. However, the meteor trail I find distracting.