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04-10-2016, 02:05 AM   #1
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Which one do you prefer?
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Shot one photo just before the end of twilight and blended it with image of star trails:


Stacking of the photos taken in complete darkness. Little amount of light on the rock and waterfalls were from cars driving around.


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Definitely the first- the visible (and appealing) foreground makes it a much more interesting photo; stars alone would be somewhat boring. Great job with the star trails, too!

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The first one for sure
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Have to agree - the first one is my preference. Superb shot.


Edit (having read the sticky) - the second looses all discernible detail in the bottom half which removes much of the context. That one might work if much of the foreground was cropped out, giving a more abstract feel.


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again - first - blue colour implies night-time which is appropriate to stars
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I do prefer the first shot.
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looks like you've got a bunch of people on PF agreeing with each other!

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looks like you've got a bunch of people on PF agreeing with each other!
LOL! Why? Is it something rare here on PF?
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#1.

The star trails in both are broken. Pauses to change batteries? Discarded frames due to passing aircraft? Clouds? Extra processing to correct that will turn a good photo into a better photo.
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The star trails in both are broken. Pauses to change batteries? Discarded frames due to passing aircraft? Clouds? Extra processing to correct that will turn a good photo into a better photo.
Thank you. The gaps are due to discarded frames with planes in them. I used starstax with "Gap Filling" but it did not fill all the gaps. What other processing techniques do you recommend?
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Thank you. The gaps are due to discarded frames with planes in them. I used starstax with "Gap Filling" but it did not fill all the gaps. What other processing techniques do you recommend?
You can use a healing brush to erase the trails.

This link shows an even simpler way than "healing"; just paint black. I've never tried this way. Dark Clear Skies: Hate how airplanes wreck your star-trail images?
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The first one, especially being able to see the waterfall and the mountain. Since you asked and everyone seems to agree on the first, I am curious to know what it was about the second one that made you ask?
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The first one, especially being able to see the waterfall and the mountain. Since you asked and everyone seems to agree on the first, I am curious to know what it was about the second one that made you ask?
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Thanks Jim. The star trails are more pronounced in the second one and with the dark sky you can also see trails of faint stars. Where as with the blue background the fainter star trails vanish.
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Thanks for helping me see. I a still prefer the first but the second one is growing on me.
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