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10-29-2013, 02:57 PM   #1
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this is my first startrails, do you like it?
itís the trail of Venus (15minutes)

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11-07-2013, 12:50 AM   #2
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Hi, welcome to the forum.
Star trails can be a lot of fun to shoot. Generally they are more interesting when you have more than one trail in the photo. Many photographers will use a wide angle to show some of the landscape as well. Try using a shorter lens to show a big area of the sky. You might then want to use a bit bigger aperture, 2.8-4 or so, to pick up the fainter stars. I shoot at 3.5/4 on 200 film for half an hour or so, & that works pretty well.
There are loads of pages on the internet on how to photograph stars. Maybe some of these will help you:

Also there are lots of posts on this forum. If you ask for pointers I'm sure some more experienced star-trail shooters will help you out.
Good luck & have fun with it
11-11-2013, 04:10 AM   #3
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Not good attempt. Agree with Aliecat. Still not easy taking these type of pictures. looking forward to your next attempt.

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