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Starry Skies

Starry Skies
Photo Information
Copyright: Gethin Hill (inked) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-25
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 II
Exposure: f/5.6, 26 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Scenery Photos, Dreamy Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-11 22:38
Viewed: 15428
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everyone,

here's a picture of starry skies above Lake Tinaroo, Atherton Tablelands, QLD, Australia. This is a panorama made from 2 shots joined together.

This was taken on Christmas night last year, just before the moon came up, which is the light you see.

I was out camping so there was very little light from other sources except the moon and the stars, so perfect for photos. I'd never attempted stars before this so i was pretty happy with the results for a first go.

thanks for looking and i hope you like.

shot info.
Shooting Date/Time
12/25/2007 20:27:21
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length
18.0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
Manual (MF)
Picture Style

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-02-11 23:20]

It's a dark starry night, and the stars shine out rather well, considering the moon is just about rising. How wonerful to capture them so well Gethin.

Hi Gethin,

you can be proud of your first star shot!
Your concept was right, setting iso speed to 800 and ap. to 5.6, keeping time as low as possible, at a wide angle making the stars (ok, the earth to be correct :) move just a little. And at the same time the expo was fine for the other parts of the picture too.
The whole image looks fine. Stitching done well too.
Great job, TFS!


Hello Gethin

What a wonderful and fantastic capture! Perfect friend! Well done!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-12 7:43]

Hi Gethin,

A magnificent picture of a starry night with the moon just rising. You got it just right. I would not have thought this was two shots seamed together. One of the most beautiful night skies I have ever seen.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-12 20:30]

Hello Gethin

A very beautiful scene indeed.
The skyline is super,and the way you left a lot of starry sky above creates a wonderful effect of vastness and space.
Great camera work ,your effort has really paid off .


Hello Gethin,

This is truly amazing. You have captured amazing sky with real stars. I have tried but always disappointing. The silhouette in the foreground just complemented the tranquility of this composition. Please allow me to add this to my personal theme.

Well done and thanks for sharing.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-14 4:35]

Hi Gethin,
very cool shot, we just don't get skies like this anymore, bl**dy light pollution! Nicely done technically and the PP stitching is good too, good work mate.

Beautiful night sky! You captured this one very nicely! Perhaps i'll try to capture a photo like this one some day! I like how you captured sky and water and the distant landscape, very well composed! Also nice discription!
Must have been great!
Thanks for sharing this one!
Cheers Josh Lewis.

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