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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-10
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC
Exposure: f/3.5
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-14 5:42
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi fiends,

I've recently returned from a great but short trip to some mountains not far from my hometown. More accurately, I went to a region called Padis, in the Apuseni Natural Park from the Western Carpathians.

I had the pleasure of seeing some amazing places and phenomena what i will show you soon, but first i'm sharing a photo i took a few hours after we got there.

This is a looong exposure - 1837 seconds to be exact - and it shows the starry sky we had the first night. The direction is north and the brightest and (almost) fixed star is the North Star.

I've been trying to get some decent star trails shots for some time now and i finally pulled it off this time. Next time, i'm going to try an exposure of more than an hour :) Wish me luck.

Hope you'll like it and thanks for visiting.

I also uploaded some shots from this latest trip on my website in the NEW and PANORAMAS categories. Feel free to check it out if you want :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol.
Focal Length: 17mm
Shutter Speed: 1837 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: N/A
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO: 200
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 10 PM
Weather conditions: clear

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To SunToucher: Methods of shooting star trailshoria 2 05-15 09:47
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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-05-14 5:59]

Felicitari si ma bucur sa vad cel cu care am fost confundat la prima postare aici.Imi plac pozele tale.Succes in continuare!
Ai alimentat aparatul in aceasta perioada sau pe baterie?

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-05-14 7:37]

wow! great capture of the night sky. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-14 7:38]

Hello Horia,
It's been a long time!
Interesting to see what over half an hour's exposure can produce in a night sky shot!
Interesting to see the effect of our rotating planet with the North Star almost at the axis.
A great experiment and a fine contribution.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Horia
This is a superb image of star trails, A stroke of genius on your part to make the North Star as the centre point, I see you used f3.5 and iso 200, would you shoot at iso 100 and f2.8 for your planned hour long exposure?
Congratulations and I wish you luck and a steady tripod.
All the Best

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-14 12:22]

Hi Horia. I bet you had a good time on your trip. I just love this picture of the night sky. You were so lucky to get such a clear night. Also the way the trees look as if they are climbing the hill. And the star in the center with the others forming the circles. with a good sence of movement. well done TFS.

Wow! I wish I could think of something brilliant to say...oh yes..I am so glad you told us how you did this! I might have a chance some day. I have just entered into bankruptcy..sounds bad, but it will end up good and I may be able to buy a new camera in late summer...

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-05-14 23:14]

Salut Horia !
Exceptionala captura. Si fenomenul surprins este foarte rar.
Felicitari si mai asteptsm si altele.
O zi frumoasa,

hello Horia
wonderful photo

Awesome result Horia. Expecially since there is no hint of noise after such a long exposure. Have you tried the other methode as well. (continuous 30 sec shots and one black photo)
I'v got mine planned for my next vacation.

Buna Horia
O fotografie interesanta si frumoasa ca de obicei!M-au atras intotdeauna acest tip de fotografii, pana acum nu am incercat, doar am admirat! Interesant si faptul ca ai tintit spre Steaua Nordului ca punct central al cercului facut de restul stelelor.
Numai bine, Oana

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-17 10:05]

Hi Horia.
You are very creative person. I like and welcome it a lot. Simply amazing shot of starry sky. Exposure is really fantastic as well as achieved result. I also like composition of the shot and very attractive shapes of the mountain covered by the forest. Bravo, my dear friend. Well done.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-05-25 11:52]
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Dammit, you got a star trail shot before me! How did i miss this?? What a superb result too - i wonder how many attempts you made? I guess you learnt with alot of practice. My problem here in the UK is light pollution and cloud - there's just no escaping either really, and there's not a hint of artifical glow or precipitation here.
Anyway, very well done, a clear example of a man who knows how to use his equipment. I have the same lens, maybe i'll give it a go myself...
Well done mate!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-05-28 14:34]

Hi Horia,
Sorry I missed this! Beautiful!
Well done and TFS
All the best,

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