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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-28-2018, 08:09 PM  
Thematic Post & Discuss Your Astro Tracer Star Trails & Star Shots
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Beautifully captured! :cool:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-17-2018, 07:06 PM  
Thematic Post & Discuss Your Astro Tracer Star Trails & Star Shots
Posted By wtlwdwgn
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Thanks for tips and videos!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-17-2018, 03:48 PM  
Thematic Post & Discuss Your Astro Tracer Star Trails & Star Shots
Posted By wtlwdwgn
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So far I've just used the auto WB but that might be something to experiment with. What is it about Stellarium that you can't fathom? I just look at it to see where the stars, planets, and constellations are. :hmm:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-16-2018, 04:05 PM  
Thematic Post & Discuss Your Astro Tracer Star Trails & Star Shots
Posted By wtlwdwgn
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Thanks for that interested observer. I will try that tonight if the smoke and haze allows. It might be too late in the year to get the Milky Way from way up here but we'll see. :hmm:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-16-2018, 08:09 AM  
Thematic Post & Discuss Your Astro Tracer Star Trails & Star Shots
Posted By wtlwdwgn
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Views: 1,290
Me too! :rolleyes:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-16-2018, 07:44 AM  
Thematic Post & Discuss Your Astro Tracer Star Trails & Star Shots
Posted By wtlwdwgn
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Views: 1,290
Thanks for the feedback Moss!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-15-2018, 11:20 PM  
Thematic Post & Discuss Your Astro Tracer Star Trails & Star Shots
Posted By wtlwdwgn
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Views: 1,290
I processed this image to enhance the brighter stars. :hmm:


Full image here.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-15-2018, 11:15 PM  
Thematic Post & Discuss Your Astro Tracer Star Trails & Star Shots
Posted By wtlwdwgn
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Thanks MossyRocks and gifthorse. I'm not getting the results like you especially the colors. So far I just get more pinpricks of light for longer exposures and the brighter stars become less distinct. The greater the exposure the grayer the sky becomes. I find that to make the brighter stars more distinct I have to back down the shadows, whites, and blacks to -100 in Lightroom.

Here are 3 unprocessed exposures.

120s @ f/8, ISO 1600.


120s @ f/5.6, ISO 1600.


150s @ f/5.6, ISO 1600.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-15-2018, 10:08 AM  
Thematic Post & Discuss Your Astro Tracer Star Trails & Star Shots
Posted By wtlwdwgn
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Views: 1,290
Looking good Kevin. :cool:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-15-2018, 09:57 AM  
Thematic Post & Discuss Your Astro Tracer Star Trails & Star Shots
Posted By wtlwdwgn
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Views: 1,290
Wow, you've done better than me so far. :cool:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-15-2018, 09:36 AM  
Thematic Post & Discuss Your Astro Tracer Star Trails & Star Shots
Posted By wtlwdwgn
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I know there have been Astro Tracer and Star Trails images in the Night Time thread but with your permission I thought maybe a thread dedicated to star shots. I think discussing the images and techniques and offering suggestions would be helpful.

I'll start off with my first "successful" Astro Tracer shot. K-1, A 20 f/2.8, 2 min @ f/11, ISO 1600. I'm wondering if a longer exposure, wider aperture, or higher ISO would enhance this kind of shot. I'll try again tonight.


Also for those who have night tried it yet, the K-1 appears to go "dark" after the exposure begins and doesn't "light up" again until the exposure and processing are done which can be quite a long time.
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