liberty star trails by dittto
dittto

liberty star trails

by dittto in nightlife

my first real attempt at doing star trails :) arrived at washington pass just after sunset and shot until sunrise..the moon was just setting behind the mountain as i started the shooting..made for a nice glow silhouetting liberty mountain but made it tough to figure out the exposure! also were some clouds rising from the right side which is what that streak is. i got three sets of shots from the night, first was one hour of 30 second exposures, second was just under three hours of 30 second exposures and the final..after the moonlight had totally vanished from the sky..was around 2 and a half hours of 5 min exposures..this shot was the first set :]

a quick but big thanks to Greg.. http://shadowness.com/obsidianphotos ..for his inspiring work to get out and capture the nights sky :thumbsup

please dont use my art in any way without my permission..thank you :]

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  • bkzknight319

    bkzknight319

    i wish i lived in locations like this.. i live in the city... this is pure awesomeness

    Jan 21st, 2013 Reply
    • dittto

      dittto

      just need to venture out a lil bit..this was almost a four hour drive as i live in seattle! appreciate the comment :)

      Jan 24th, 2013 Reply
  • obsidianphotos

    obsidianphotos

    This is just pure win Addam. Wow! Just WOW! Fantastic shot. I wish I had locations like that around me. That cloud band actually looks like a comets tail.

    Aug 28th, 2012 Reply
    • dittto

      dittto

      thanks so much, Greg..very grateful for your comments! and i think ill just pass the clouds off as a comet from here forth

      actually were some amazing meteors that night, all off frame of course though!

      Aug 28th, 2012 Reply
  • JurgenDoe

    JurgenDoe

    Amazing and pure magic indeed

    Aug 27th, 2012 Reply Subscriber
  • LAlight

    LAlight

    Just pure magic, Addam...totally and completely floored by everything I've seen from this night! Mountain has some great light on it...nice color in the sky...mesmerizing trails!
    Like I said, you've taken the star trail thing and made it your own. You never stop impressing me, sweetie...you must teach me your ways!
    Beautiful, stunning work, DD...just can't come up with enough words!

    Aug 27th, 2012 Reply
    • dittto

      dittto

      aww..dont even know how to respond to such kind words..so very verklempt! thank you so mcuh, LA..and thank even more for getting me out the door to capture this wonderful night!!

      Aug 28th, 2012 Reply
    • LAlight

      LAlight

      hehe..was hoping all night that I made the right decision! ;) so glad it worked out for you, hon..very glad you listened to me!

      Aug 28th, 2012 Reply
  • BlueSolitaire

    BlueSolitaire

    I've been trying to take night sky photography...I see a lot of that popping up and they are fantastic. I tried some last night...amazing how much the earth moves within the 25 secs. my shutter was open. :O Any pointers? I can't focus the lens on anything due to my not being able to SEE anything through the view finder (tiny little sucker).
    Anyhoo, congrats on the Daily Inspirations What a great work. ^^

    Aug 27th, 2012 Reply
    • dittto

      dittto

      :) thank you so much!

      well im really new to the technique as well, but as far as focusing, can either focus before the light totally disappears and put it on manual afterwards, or can set the focal point to infinity (sideways 8 symbol) and hope for the best! if im just starting out with no light, i have it on manual focus and set it to infinity then turn the focus ring just barely towards where its measured. if its absolutely dark..no moonlight at all..theres basically two options i try, always a low aperture..f/4 - f/5, iso 1600 and 30 second exposure, since its only 30 seconds, can adjust from there, other way is same aperture, ISO 400-800 and 4 to five minute exposure, which would be better for star trails. but with star trails, best option would be the 1600 iso and 30 sec exposures, then you can just set the cam to continuous shooting and get a remote clicker and lock it so you dont have to do anything but wait! just have to deal with the noise from the iso. most important thing is to make sure you turn off any NR features, previews or any sort of mirror lock so its shot after shot with no interruptions for seamless trails.

      hope thats not too confusing!!

      Aug 27th, 2012 Reply
  • Lucifer

    Lucifer

    Congratulations!

    Your art is very inspirational to all of us artists and at Shadowness we like to thank our amazing artists for all they do, to show our appreciation for you, your artwork has been featured in todays Daily Inspiration #539

    http://shadowness.com/dailyinspiration/forum/daily-inspiration-539

    Aug 27th, 2012 Reply Who wants a hug?
    • dittto

      dittto

      oh wow, didnt expect this!! thank you so very much for the honor..greatly appreciated!!

      Aug 27th, 2012 Reply
    • Lucifer

      Lucifer

      you are most welcome, Addam

      Aug 28th, 2012 Reply Who wants a hug?
  • essencestudios

    essencestudios

    looks like a falling star, really lovely work Addam

    Aug 27th, 2012 Reply
    • dittto

      dittto

      ooo..i wish it was! was actually some awesome meteors that night, though they all happened off frame
      thanks so much, heather..makes me very happy!

      Aug 27th, 2012 Reply
    • essencestudios

      essencestudios

      always my pleasure dear

      Aug 28th, 2012 Reply
  • Lucifer

    Lucifer

    LOVE IT!!! you are really master of your camera .... just WOW!

    Aug 27th, 2012 Reply Who wants a hug?
    • dittto

      dittto

      so very happy for your kind words, Lucie..thank you so so much!!

      Aug 27th, 2012 Reply
    • Lucifer

      Lucifer

      you are welcome :) i really love this one very much :)

      Aug 28th, 2012 Reply Who wants a hug?
  • hussam

    hussam

    excellent. i did not understand the exposure time how long was the exposure. I think u went a little bit high with the iso.

    Aug 27th, 2012 Reply
    • dittto

      dittto

      appreciate the feedback! am not much of a fan of shooting at high ISO, but unfortunately, the higher the ISO the more stars that appear! will hopefully find a clear night with no moonlight to fully try this technique with lower ISO :)

      Aug 27th, 2012 Reply