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Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
Shutter Speed
4717/1 second
Aperture
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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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 Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It look so crisp and clear.
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:iconstillwater:
Cool! Makes you feel small!
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:iconferdinandlaetus:
ferdinandlaetus Dec 25, 2008   Photographer
That's just amazing. I love it.
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:icontfavretto:
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav:.
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:iconplanetarybutterfly:
Well worth the effort! :aww:
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:icontfavretto:
Thanks, and thank you for the :+fav:
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:iconplanetarybutterfly:
You're welcome (even if my reply is a tad late...) :aww:
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mschagen1 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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:icontfavretto:
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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:iconrosalindharrison:
this is really an amazing picture!
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