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Moving in circles

Moving in circles
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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-22
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 33, Canon EF 17-40mm f4L, Fuji Provia 100F
Exposure: f/5.6
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Star Trails [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-08 11:20
Viewed: 7571
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Stars Trails

First some technical details, this picture was taken with my film camera Canon EOS 33 and FujiChrome 100Provia, time of exposure was about 3.5 hours, the light on the rocks was from my car's lights, I used them for about 1-2 seconds to light the scene.
For this scene I needed complete darkness so I went to the unsettled area in the negev, our humble desert place :) , the tyming was important, it was important to take this picture before the moon will start to show up, for this data I need to thank my friend Eilia.

In this picture you can see the stars trails around the north star that almost 'stands still', the stars are making a complete circle in about 24 hours and by the arc you can tell the time of exposure.

This picture is the first (and the only in the meantime) of its kind that I ever taken, it is not like a digital picture, it is one picture for a specific night and then I needed to wait for the development...

The picture is full frame picture, I hope you will enjoy.

Anton, Leace, jmp, AdrianW, Fisher, pvs, thistle, Karin, koleta, coasties, marhowie, extramundi, SelenE, cas_orla, vanderschelden, sranjan has marked this note useful
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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-07-08 11:35]

I've seen many of these star trail photographs, but I must tell you that this is the most interesting one. The detail in your explanatory note is also ver informative. Wel done and thank you for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-08 11:43]

Hi Elroyie!
Very interesting photo. I saw many photos of this kind, but your is really special one - I like idea with flashing car lights. Negev Desert looks like great place, I hope I'll visit your country some day.

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  • Leace Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 61] (292)
  • [2006-07-08 12:00]

Very beautiful picture that no doubt took a lot of time and preparation.
I like the fact that you have lighted the scene.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-08 12:12]

Hi Elroyie,
An interesting and beautiful shot. I'll use it to test student ability to calculate how many hours you exposed it :-)
TFS Josť M.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-07-08 12:45]

Hi Elroyie,

Brilliant, awesome capture and composition. Your technique for lighting up the scene was a good one.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-08 13:08]

Hi Elroyie,

Excellent composition and very well explained how you did it,my compliments and TFS this adventure,


Hello Elroyie,
Superb post! Big smiley well deserved for your effort and striking results. The car lights was a great idea.
I like it a lot!

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-08 13:56]

Hi Elroyie, What an interesting idea, and well carried out. You did need a lot of patience and how did you know exactly how long the car lights had to stay on? This is technicaly an exploit!
well done and TFS

Stunning, beautiful shot. Perfect in all ways.

Great compo, gorgeous colours too. I love the colours of the different stars.

You are a brave man doing this on film.


oh my... shoud i say something more ? ? ?
great great great work !! !! !!

Great, what is the light on the acacia ? Ori

Hi Elroyie

This is fantastic. Well done. Impressive work. :-)

Yes, it's a great picture!
Very well managed and tecnically hard to achieve.
Nice use ofthe car's light.
I think it's quite impossible to get a picture like this with a digital camera because the battery get over soon.
The note is really usefull and I think I'll try to get a picture like this in the future.

Well done.


Splendid shot, congrats.
Amazing scene from cosmos funfair...

Great work Elroyie.
Interesting technique..especially the headlight illumination :)
Excellent results!

Wow - this is stunning.

I love the different coloured light trails (blues, oranges and reds as well as white). Its the details like that that count and it has worked really well in this one.

Excellent shot.


It a very creative shot with a surperb capture. The stars are great and you "car lights" exposure perfect.
Very good work!!!

tres bien fait, c'est super.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-07-11 4:22]
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Good work and patience :o) TFS and thx for the informative note.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-10-24 0:52]

Oh my God :))

Hi Elroyie

First time I see such an image with such great quality.


Hello Elroyie,
Very well photographed night sky with excellent details around North Star.
Regards: Dr Subhash Ranjan

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