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Stars over Sand Bay by tfavretto Stars over Sand Bay by tfavretto
Here we have my second attempt at photographing star trails. This was a 16 minute exposure taken at a friend's camp at Sand Bay, roughly 45 km northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

There are a few 'hazy' patches in this image due to condensation forming on the lens as a result of the cool, humid conditions that night. There were also people hanging out on the dock and swimming during the exposure, and some of that activity is evident in the image.

The original image was quite noisy due to the long exposure, and so I had to perform quite a bit of noise removal on it. Unfortunately, this caused much of the detail of the fainter stars to be lost.

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:iconkristyjade:
kristyjade Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
..what i mean about colour is the glowing of the (fire?) against the hazy pink colour of the bottom half, and the bright stars against the blue hues of the sky
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kristyjade Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
this is ridiculously amazing!
i think it's perfect that people were hanging out on the dock, it adds to the surrealism of this image
the colours balance it out beautifully
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Thank you.
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kristyjade Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
my pleasure.
i like startrails when they are shorter, like this...
they give the feeling of shooting 'stars'.
but long trails are nice also.
=)
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Giezzy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Hey
well I was like trying to take some photos of stars
And then I remembered this photo
Well I have an analog camera and I'm Using B&W films, I just wanted to know how to do to get the Stars trail, do I need any special lens or something?
thx alot =D
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
You wouldn't need a special lens, but you would need a way of keeping the camera's shutter open for a long period of time. I'm not sure about your particular camera, but with most cameras, you have to have a remote shutter release to do exposures of longer than 30 seconds. These can either be wireless, but more commonly are attached to the camera by a cable. To do exposures longer than 30 seconds, you'd also have to do what's called a "bulb" exposure, where you just keep the shutter open until you decide to close it again. Again, I'm not sure about your particular camera, but I would try looking up the term "bulb" in its manual for more information.
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Giezzy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
Jeje Thx a lot for the info :)
Seems that a friend have one :D
:)
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
Well, good luck!
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aquarius-galuxy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This looks so surreal! ^___^ I like it! =o It's amazing how far stars can travel in 16 minutes.
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007
Yes, and we normally don't even notice their movement that much. Thanks for the :+fav:.
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aquarius-galuxy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^_^ You're welcome~
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nasht-01 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
very strange effect but I really like it!:)
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
Thanks!
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karllong Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
Glorious!
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav:!
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hiphopclown Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
Hey man, still a great shot all the same. Its a shame about the foggy lens but it happens to all of us once in a while. I still think its a great shot.
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
Thanks. The condensation wasn't all that bad for this one, and I've had a lot worse. It can create a nice artistic effect, but it's not very helpful when you're trying to get nice, sharp star trails.
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MiAsbeAch Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
very nice work. love how you used the lights and colours...very good expression! awsum to look at...well done
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Thank you.
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Valimar Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Great work, Travis, quite ethereal.

I've only had a half-assed bash at star trails, but I'd like to give them a proper go, but I was hoping you could answer a question for me?

Do you use in-camera Noise Reduction (NR) when you shoot?

As you'll be aware when you use NR for long exposures, the camera spends the same amount of time doing the NR to the image, as it was exposed for. So using your shot here as an example, that would equate to a further 16mins after the shutter has closed for the camer to apply NR.

Is it worth it, or do you no bother?
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
To be honest, I didn't even know in-camera noise removal was possible. I just use Neat Image [link] to do my noise removal. But even so, as long as your ISO setting is low enough, noise shouldn't be much of a problem even with exposures of this length. I've found that hot pixels are the real issue with ultra-long exposures, and depending on your camera, they can be so numerous that they look just like noise. I'm not sure if in-camera noise removal would account for hot pixels or not. To be fair, I really don't know all that much about the inner-workings of a digital camera, I just rely a lot on post-processing to correct my mistakes.
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Valimar Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007
Thanks for the reply, Travis. :)
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Waymaster Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Wow, looks good!

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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Thanks
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naiveamoeba Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Tremendous as always :)
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Thank you.
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RS-foto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007  Professional Photographer
That's pretty interesting, i like how the stars are so bright. Also the bushes look like they're on fire ;P
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sakissnow Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
oh wow!
beautiful*.*=
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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sakissnow Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
ur welcome^o^=
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dj-designs Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Full view doesn't work for me but dang this is nice!
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Thanks, and it probably looks better in the smaller view anyway. Thanks for the :+fav:!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Amazing shot..this is just SO good.
It has so much in the image that tricks and catches your eye.
Love it
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Thanks. I didn't really plan it in any specific way, I set up the camera, left the shutter open, and then went and had a beer. Glad you like it though, and thanks for the :+fav:!
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gizmo2071 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Sure, you can have perfect stra trails, where all you get is the slightly exposed land and then the great sky with amazing trails.
Here you hve character!
There's lots going on in the shot and you stil captured the star trails really well.
I love the water looking like it's mist rolling onto the land. The little lights and all the movement....
Great shot!
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Thanks, glad you like it, and I'm glad you understood what I was going for with this shot.
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huggskf Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
i like it, as is, its cool:)

wonderful job.

everything adds to the picture, especially with the explanation.
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Thanks, glad you like it, and thanks for the :+fav:!
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huggskf Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah. i did:)

your welcome very much
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BlueLiquorice Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
it does look like a fire rolled thru as you were taking the photo
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Yeah, that's just a strange effect of the ambient lighting in the photo from a couple porch lights and a campfire behind the camera.
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Spatcher Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
I would also like to know how you got a 16-min exposure!!
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
With most Canon digital SLRs, you can put it in manual mode and set the exposure to "bulb". If you have a remote shutter release, you can keep the shutter open for however long you want until you click the button again to close the shutter.
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Spatcher Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Aw well I have a Canon Powershot S2IS.....
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Bravo22 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
That is really beautiful. :+fav:
How did you get the camera to do a 16 minute exposure?
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Thanks. To do an exposure longer than 30 seconds with most Canon digital SLRS, you can put it in manual mode and set the exposure to "bulb". If you have a remote shutter release, you can keep the shutter open for however long you want until you click the button again to close the shutter. Also, thanks for the :+fav:!
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Bravo22 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah right, thanks for that.
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Toop Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
In some of the lower areas of the shot, the "fogginess" really works well, almost a mist on the surface. :P
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tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Thanks. The misty effect of the surface was caused by the long exposure blurring the motion of the waves.
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brokenzuba Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
That's awesome mate!
At first I thought there were fires in the photo, on closer inspection it turned out to be light reflecting off plants or something.
It gives it a strange post apocalyptic look I reckon.
Fantastic colours and composition
What do you use to get rid of the noise?
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