Catch a falling star by dulciknit

Catch a falling star

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The following was added at a later date in the hope that it will be helpful if anyone wishes to try something similar to this, or use either or both of the techniques used to achieve it.

This is an amalgam of two shots.

(I recommend shooting RAW if you have the option because it gives you a lot more data to work with in processing, your camera doesn't get the chance to decide for you what processing you want done before you get your own say in it, and any processing you do is far less likely to cause problems like unsightly banding.)

In the first one, I propped my hand up, lit it from above with a small, round, LED, emergency light.

The second shot is the falling star.
The star itself is a Christmas tree ornament of clear, uncoloured, acrylic plastic.
To obtain the colour, I made a white screen on my computer. I fitted a circular polarising filter to my lens, pointed it at the white screen and twisted the filter round until the white screen went black. That makes the colours in the star happen.
I couldn't get the background evenly dark, so made the necessary adjustments (and turned it midnight blue) in processing.

The whooshy bit was done by moving the camera whilst shooting at a slow shutter speed with the ISO set at 100. You'll need to experiment; light sources and the speed at which you move the camera will dictate the best shutter speed but I suggest you try setting a speed of 1 second for starters and go from there.
I moved the camera across the screen - from side to side and in a wave - in order to make the longest possible whoosh, then rotated the photo through 90 degrees in processing.

I'm not posting much now but still visit quite frequently, so if there's anything I can help with, please post a comment below.
Have fun!
Lovely. FAV
December 17th, 2013  
So creative! Love this, Alison! How did you do it?? FAV!
December 17th, 2013  
Wow, that is really cool and very creative. Definitely a fav.
December 17th, 2013  
@pflaume @pflaume Thank you, Lisa. Two shots. One, my hand lit with led light. Two, plastic star ornament against blank, white computer screen. Polarising filter on lens, turned til screen goes black, to get the colours. Moved the camera to get the light waves, shot horizontally to get the length of swirl, and rotated through 90 degrees.
Hope that makes sense.
December 17th, 2013  
Caz
Saw this on the trending page...very cool ! Fav
December 17th, 2013  
Thanks for the detail in this wonderful shot! Sounds like a lot of work but you knew what you wanted! fav
December 17th, 2013  
Fantastic - love the idea - wow, that took some doing! But it sure did come out beautifully! I am so impressed!
December 17th, 2013  
The magic light,lovely!神奇之光!
December 17th, 2013  
I read it but could never do it. lol. Wonderful photo. FAV FAV FAV
December 17th, 2013  
Lee
Very clever, looks great. Fave.
December 17th, 2013  
Very creative. Love this. fav
December 17th, 2013  
Soooo lovely!!!! Magical!! Whimsical!!! FAV
December 17th, 2013  
Clever stuff - ingenious indeed!
December 17th, 2013  
Wow, this is awesome! Next years Christmas card maybe? Stunning
December 17th, 2013  
Huge fav! This is so beautiful and dreamy! So creative & well done
December 17th, 2013  
I'm in awe of you Alison, that sounds like a very teccy shot, and incredible results! Definite fav.
December 17th, 2013  
Awesome!
December 17th, 2013  
Wonderful! A very "wow" shot Alison. Such an interesting description of how you got this image. It has to be a fav for me :)
December 17th, 2013  
Fav! Beautiful and what a lot of work to achieve this, well done.
December 17th, 2013  
Fav! This certainly is a wow photo, Alison.
December 17th, 2013  
Beautiful shot. Very creative.
December 17th, 2013  
Beautiful shot! Fav!
December 17th, 2013  
Stunning shot! It's the kind of shot that wins in the Google + scavenger hunt. I'm always in awe of the people that know exactly how they want the finished shot to look, then take the steps to make it happen - brava!
December 17th, 2013  
Great effect, well done and fave!
December 17th, 2013  
Very cool! Fav!
December 17th, 2013  
Fantastic image! Fav.
December 17th, 2013  
Ooooh put it in your pocket save it for a rainy day, love it!
December 17th, 2013  
WOW!!!Very creative and pretty!Fav!
December 17th, 2013  
Congrats you are on trending and PP!
December 17th, 2013  
Very creative and effective,a super capture!! FAV!!
December 17th, 2013  
Spectacular Alison! Fav for sure.
December 17th, 2013  
FAv! thanks for sharing your technique, so very clever. Great Great Great job!!
December 17th, 2013  
Really beautiful! Fav
December 17th, 2013  
FAV here for me, too!
December 17th, 2013  
Fav. That is quite an incredible shot. Need to come back and read your explanation of how you did it when it's not midnight!
December 18th, 2013  
@dulciknit Thank you for the reply. I am not sure I understand how it all comes together. Much to learn here. :) Congrats on the Trending and PP!!
December 18th, 2013  
Brilliant. Amazing concept and execution. Fav
December 18th, 2013  
So cool, a Fav.
December 18th, 2013  
This is very clever and beautiful.
December 19th, 2013  
Wonderfully done Alison, and a big fav.
December 20th, 2013  
Really clever. fav.
December 21st, 2013  
Fav. Excellent shot. Very creative.
December 21st, 2013  
Congrats on T20, awesome!
December 22nd, 2013  
wow such a magic! fav! congrats on TT!
December 22nd, 2013  
Congrats on TT, Alison -- hope your holidays are terrific!
December 22nd, 2013  
Jo
Congrats on TT.
December 22nd, 2013  
So deserved on TT! This is fabulous

Sat in a cafe bar on la playa and it is 18 degrees ish, slept so well last night:0). Thanks for the wonderful comments cx
December 22nd, 2013  
a very beautiful capture!!! Congrats on the TT!!!
December 22nd, 2013  
Congrats on the TT, Alison! Love this image!
December 23rd, 2013  
Congrats on the TT. Far too complicated for my little head to understand but the result is stunning. Fav
December 23rd, 2013  
very cool!
December 23rd, 2013  
Mac
This is terrific! Fav!
December 23rd, 2013  
fantastic shot
fav
December 26th, 2013  
Favfavfav for this super cool shot. Thanks fir the explanation. Whenever I'm feeling brave enough, I'll want to give this a try myself ;)
December 27th, 2013  
Congratulations on making #11 in the top 20 this week, Alison. So well deserved.
December 27th, 2013  
Wow!
December 28th, 2013  
All of the above! fave!
December 31st, 2013  
Fabulous fav
January 3rd, 2014  
Wow magical beautiful pic :)
January 6th, 2014  
Excellent. Great concept, well implemented.
January 8th, 2014  
Nat
Good effect and very clever.
January 10th, 2014  
Totally amazing shot x
January 11th, 2014  
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