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Pointing to Polaris by tfavretto Pointing to Polaris by tfavretto
While attending a party at a friend's camp at Canoe Point on St. Joseph Island in May of 2006, I decided to make the best of the dark, clear skies and photograph some star trails.

I had already taken a similar shot from this location [link] a year earlier, but felt that the composition and image quality could be improved upon. At 78 minutes, this was a considerably longer exposure than my previous attempt, and I kept the ISO down to 100 this time in hopes of producing a cleaner image. As with my previous attempt, I had already had a few beer before I set up the camera, but rather than just aiming blindly and hoping for the best, I used a flashlight to get my bearings and compose the shot properly before opening the shutter.

Due to the length of the exposure, the original image was riddled with hot pixels, and I had to spend a considerable amount of time zooming in and cloning them out in Photoshop. Hopefully my next camera will be a little more forgiving with exposures of this length.

Location of photograph: [link]
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:iconthriftyredhead:
thriftyredhead Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It look so crisp and clear.
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Stillwater Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
Cool! Makes you feel small!
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ferdinandlaetus Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008   Photographer
That's just amazing. I love it.
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav:.
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PlanetaryButterfly Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Well worth the effort! :aww:
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Thanks, and thank you for the :+fav:
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PlanetaryButterfly Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
You're welcome (even if my reply is a tad late...) :aww:
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mschagen1 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do you do a 78 minute exposure? I have a canon EOS 350D is it possible to do that on them?
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
You need a remote shutter release (either wireless or with a cable - both can be found for cheap online), and you set the camera to manual mode with an exposure time of BULB. The shutter stays open until you click the button again.
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rosalindharrison Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
this is really an amazing picture!
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
Thank you.
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Frasoir Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
Wow!

I have the same camera than you but I dont know how to put it at 78 minutes..

Excellent shot :)
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
Thanks. And you need to have either a wireless or cable remote shutter release, set the camera to manual mode and set the exposure to BULB.
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DerDemotape Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
Hey nice picture :)

I got a "you know this picture"-feeling ... deja vu xD

Well ... about your problems with hotspots - I took a smiliar picture (especially smiliar exposuretime) and I hadn't so much problems with hot pixels - I used my Nikon D40 maybe you want to take a look at my picture:
[link]

Btw: :+fav: ;P
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
Thanks, and thank you for the :+fav:. You must take better care of your camera than I do.
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DerDemotape Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
Why? What have you do wrong? ^^
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
I'm not sure, but I get a ton of hot pixels with long exposures. Maybe it's just the camera though.
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:iconderdemotape:
DerDemotape Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
I don't know what you could be done wrong to get them therfore I think it's a feature ;P
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:iconiamwiley:
Iamwiley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
Nice shot! I am glad that i am not the only drunken photographer around. :)
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
Haha, thanks. Booze and a case full of expensive photographic equipment go together quite well, I've found.
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Iamwiley Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
is there any other way! :)
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
Very nice done. Absolutely love these shots. I still tend to use my old fashion film using camera for this kind of stuff. Instant :+fav: here.
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
Thank you very much, and thanks for the :+fav:!. I think I'd prefer to use film for these types of shots, it would definitely result in a much cleaner image. I need to get a wider angle lens for my film camera though.
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional Photographer
Great as ususal :) Love such photos! I have to try one night...
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav:
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007  Professional Photographer
You are welcome!
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Sammy23 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007   Photographer
This is awesome. Great work!
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
Thank you.
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xfluffyxdudex Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
so so cool~
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
Thanks
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djberry Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007   Photographer
Well done!
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Thanks, and thank you for the :+fav:
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Billow Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
love it :heart:
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Glad you like it, and thanks for the :+fav:!
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Billow Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
youre welcome :kiss:
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strangelight Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Great shot. I wish my camera were a little more forgiving of star-trail photography too - at the moment it's pretty much unusable for it... :(
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Thank you. And I know how you feel. I'm usually a little wary of shooting star trails just because I know how much post-processing will be needed to produce something presentable.
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strangelight Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
What do you shoot with? I use a Nikon D70s and it's terrible at very low light work (although that might have something to do with the fact that in their wisdom, Nikon only let it go down to ISO 200...). I also tend to get odd purple patches at the corner of the frame. Perhaps I'll go back to film to do some star trails at some point...
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
I shoot with a Canon 300D (Digital Rebel). I also tend to get an odd purple tinge along the right edge of the image when shooting ultra long exposures. I just patch it up afterward in Photoshop, along with the hundreds of hot pixels that pop up. I certainly plan on shooting film in these types of situations in the future though, although the lens on my film camera doesn't go any wider than 35mm.
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strangelight Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Likewise - but it's better than dealing with the wretched hot pixels! :p

Good luck with your future film adventures...
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austinboothphoto Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice! I've always wanted to try star trails but I need to get a remote switch for my camera first.
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Thanks. You should definitely get one! They're not very expensive - I've already lost or destroyed about a half dozen of them.
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Lil-Teaser Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
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Wow, it's a full circle !!!
Perfect shot,

Sven
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Thanks
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Sequeena Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
:wave: Hi there, I've daily featured your work in my journal! [link]
Thanks for your wonderful art!
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Thank you very much for the feature and the :+fav:, I appreciate it!
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Timonational Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
Great picture!
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Thanks, and thank you for the :+fav:
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Timonational Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
=) U R welcome!
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FatalBite Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007   Photographer
That's an awesome star trail photo!
Really great composition considering it isn't easy to compose a shot in the darkness.
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Canon
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Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
Shutter Speed
4717/1 second
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F/4.0
Focal Length
18 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
May 27, 2006, 1:37:33 AM
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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