I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars - Stephanie Meyer by deborah63

I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars - Stephanie Meyer

For this weeks Nighttime Theme.

This is the star trails shot that I took a few nights ago. I had a few lessons learnt with this one.
The ISO was way too high at 800, which created lots of noise which resulted in loss of sharpness due to very heavy handed noise reduction in Light room.
I also had a problem the camera stopping 1/2 way through the shoot at 80 frames, which resulted in small trails.
Camera settings were
f/2.8
Iso 800 ...... next time I'll try at 200
Shutter Speed 30 sec ....... next time I'll try at 1 minutes
I set for 150 frames, but camera stopped at 80.
I also need practice with light painting, the tree looks pretty dodgy...
I want to try this when the wetter is better.
March 12th, 2016  
The photo looks cool though.
March 12th, 2016  
You have beautiful night skies out there to practise on :)
March 12th, 2016  
Hi Deb, 30 sec is max exposure if you want sharp trails. Over that, the star actually blurs as it moves.
March 12th, 2016  
Super image
March 12th, 2016  
Nicely done!
March 12th, 2016  
I think you did a great job....
March 12th, 2016  
i seldom look at extif , but had to see how long you left the shutter open, I would have guessed longer than sec...very impressive
March 12th, 2016  
nice
March 12th, 2016  
Some ideas: you didn't say how you did the light painting, but may I suggest doing that last, aside from the trails, then you have multiple image to choose from for the foreground. Also you can play with exposure on that one only to lighten or darken as desired.

Exposure: http://petapixel.com/2015/01/06/avoid-star-trails-following-500-rule/ might be a resource to give you ideas on ISO and F/stop. There are more sites giving ideas for night shots.

Tooting my own horn: http://365project.org/byrdlip/forfun/2015-09-30

Finally: Wonderful shot, but the foreground is over done.

March 12th, 2016  
Well done for persevering this far! I think it looks great - you must have lots of patience and persistence - and it's paying off.
March 12th, 2016  
@byrdlip Thanks for your feed back, its great to get some constructive advise, I really appreciate it :)
I'll have at look at the petapixel site today. I agree that the foreground is way over done, I need much more practice with this.
The light painting was done on one of my shots by shining the torch directly onto the front of the tree, It was much brighter than this to start off with, but I did tone it down a bit in lightroom (not enough though). For the same scene, next time I think I would test run the light painting so that I get right.
March 12th, 2016  
@jack4john
This was 80 individual shots. With each shot at 30 seconds then blended in photoshop. So I guess you could say it was a 40 minute exposure.
March 12th, 2016  
@deborah63 Your welcome, I need to take more time in finding a foregorund of interest.
March 12th, 2016  
Fabulous, I have read all the comments and good to get all the info on how to do this shot. fav.
March 12th, 2016  
@byrdlip If your interested, this is a site I came across after I did this shot. It has some really good information. http://starcircleacademy.com/startrails/
March 12th, 2016  
Like this shot A FAV
March 13th, 2016  
I would be thrilled to get this result!!!
March 13th, 2016  
Looks good to me. I can't get my camera to focus on the night sky at all!
March 13th, 2016  
My partner has the same problem with his Coolpix. But look on the positive side...you have an amazing zoom @nickspicsnz
March 13th, 2016  
I really like it - magical to me Debbie.
March 13th, 2016  
Wow, ok, good feed back for next time tips too... love that you tried this and the result is really cool, I can see why you chose this spot. Fabulous, thanks for sharing this.
March 14th, 2016  
I think you did great on this - really love the star trails and how you composed the shot.
March 16th, 2016  
wow! amazing indeed! well done
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March 17th, 2016  
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