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08/27/2018 04:14:40 PM · #1
another silver lining: entirely possible to give a different score to every image in this challenge!
08/26/2018 12:50:58 PM · #2
Originally posted by glad2badad: Oops. Not a dozen. Top 10 for all! :-}

That's a first, isn't it?!

Re: scalvert - That's what I call dedication!!
08/26/2018 09:15:21 AM · #3
I can see your point. But I have to add in a dime or 3. I think that is a bit unfair too. I know there are not many entry's at all, but people did try. I am in the middle of the monsoon season, so cloudy at night as was most of America, it seems (or covered in smoke).
The drive I did, was over 300 miles, (with a ton of that being dirty , dippy, bendy, wet roads), starting at 10pm with 3 teenager boys, going close to a Border that is not that great. Then shot for 5 hours, then meandered back home to find only 6-8 shots in focus out of 5 hours of shooting,. Several hours of processing and not knowing what I am doing as it was the first time I have ever shot anything like this or edited.

17203.gif scalvert I know, drove 5 hours, spent $200 on a room for the night and dodged the clouds two day away from the peak, not even sure if he got anything.

There was potentially, at least 135 people that could have entered that challenge. So this was a little sad to read
Originally posted by Lydia:

[quote=Lydia]

Not a very fun challenge gallery to view either.



Did you all enter?
08/25/2018 06:22:51 PM · #4
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Well, it'd just be an "extra" challenge so if only a relatively small percentage of DPCers turn out to have decent viewing, so be it. Not every challenge has to work for everyone, is what it comes down to.

Very small group. Should have been a speed challenge. Oh well, best of luck to the dozen or so that enter.

Oops. Not a dozen. Top 10 for all! :-}
08/25/2018 02:26:48 PM · #5
Originally posted by Lydia:

Seems like this should be an Open challenge to get more participants... But, what do I know? :D


and... it tied for the least number of entries EVER! The other one was 2002. Road Signs.

Not a very fun challenge gallery to view either.

I must be in a bad mood.

I did vote and gave an average of 6.3333.
08/13/2018 06:17:59 PM · #6
You gals! :-)
08/13/2018 04:11:03 PM · #7
Originally posted by JulietNN:

All the super duper meteors where in fact probably bloody satellites!!


If you didn't know, then I'm sure I wouldn't know. And most of the other voters!
08/13/2018 04:08:02 PM · #8
Originally posted by Lydia:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by JulietNN:

I sent an Original and a PSD, is that all right or would you like a JPEG?

We're good to go. I have responded to you. Drink some nice herbal tea, bring your mind to a focus, and all will be clear :-)


Don't listen to Bear, Juliet!

Have a glass of wine. Tea Shmea...


=)

No, it was interesting actually. All the super duper meteors where in fact probably bloody satellites!! LOL And one of the editing questions was about stacking the same photograph several times with tons of different things done to them in RAW and it is legal. The other question, not sure about yet as it got lost in my rambling, but will find out! =)

Message edited by author 2018-08-13 16:09:49.
08/13/2018 03:46:46 PM · #9
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by JulietNN:

I sent an Original and a PSD, is that all right or would you like a JPEG?

We're good to go. I have responded to you. Drink some nice herbal tea, bring your mind to a focus, and all will be clear :-)


Don't listen to Bear, Juliet!

Have a glass of wine. Tea Shmea...
08/13/2018 03:43:28 PM · #10
Originally posted by JulietNN:

I sent an Original and a PSD, is that all right or would you like a JPEG?

We're good to go. I have responded to you. Drink some nice herbal tea, bring your mind to a focus, and all will be clear :-)
08/13/2018 03:33:06 PM · #11
I sent an Original and a PSD, is that all right or would you like a JPEG?
08/13/2018 03:32:03 PM · #12
Originally posted by JulietNN:

Awesome! Not sure you will say that when you see the ramblings of a mad women though! =P

Among my superpowers IRL is the ability to "edit" :-)
08/13/2018 03:28:05 PM · #13
Awesome! Not sure you will say that when you see the ramblings of a mad women though! =P
08/13/2018 03:26:51 PM · #14
Originally posted by JulietNN:

I have a couple of questions regarding the rules on this challenge and or a couple of photos I have taken, but I am not sure if it is a rule questions or legality or general help or not,, or whether they should be a PM to SC or a message on here. I have confused myself completely and utterly.

Send a ticket to SC and we'll get right back to you. If appropriate, I'll post it here afterward, with the answer. OK?
08/13/2018 03:25:46 PM · #15
Originally posted by Lydia:

Seems like this should be an Open challenge to get more participants... But, what do I know? :D

Practically everyone in DPL is a paid member now, so we have a good-sized pool...
08/13/2018 03:11:26 PM · #16
I have a couple of questions regarding the rules on this challenge and or a couple of photos I have taken, but I am not sure if it is a rule questions or legality or general help or not,, or whether they shoudl be a PM to SC or a message on here. I have confused myself completely and utterly.

Message edited by author 2018-08-13 15:11:57.
08/13/2018 01:27:58 PM · #17
Seems like this should be an Open challenge to get more participants... But, what do I know? :D
08/11/2018 11:40:45 PM · #18
Thanks Juliet, that was very nice of you. I did make the trip, although I didn't see any of the bright fireballs I was hoping for. Of course the best meteors were juuuust off the edge of the frame with only enough visible to taunt me for missing them.

Tips for anyone else who wants to try this:

DO NOT move to Connecticut. The weather here is awful for astronomy. You might as well live in a cave.

Find a dark location with a clear view of a large area of sky, or at least aim for the darkest part of the sky available to you. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, and Perseids will trace back to an origin below Cassiopia (the big "W" of stars rising in the northeast). You'll see more meteors between midnight and dawn because the earth is then facing directly into the oncoming dust.

An interesting foreground scene is often desirable, but it can be tricky to get both the foreground and stars exposed correctly. Expose for the stars and try light painting your foreground with a flashlight.

A tripod or sturdy support is mandatory to hold the camera still (unless you own a Pentax K1). Divide 500 by the effective focal length of your lens to determine how long your exposures can be before you get star trails. So a 16mm lens can go about 30 seconds on a full frame camera and 20 seconds with a crop sensor.

If you have a motorized equatorial mount to follow the stars, you can shoot much longer exposures, however any foreground objects will blur instead. Some mounts can track at half sidereal rate to split the difference.

For DSLRs, enable live view or the electronic shutter mode (Canon calls theirs Silent Shooting) to avoid vibration from your shutter mirror.

Use your widest and fastest lens wide open at ISO 800 or higher (ideally 1600 or 3200).

Focus on a distant light (or even Mars if possible), then set your lens to manual focus. Bear in mind that you may not be able to focus on a close foreground and distant stars at the same time with the lens wide open.

Compose the scene the way you want it, including as much sky as possible, and then take some test shots to figure out the correct exposure. Once you have that setting, use a remote shutter release to fire continuously and pull up and chair or blanket to wait for meteors. From a dark site after midnight on August 12th (early morning on the 13th), you may see several nice meteors per minute, while the unfortunate folks who live in Connecticut and get clouded out for several days on either side of the peak will be lucky to get one good one per hour.

Make the effort and get a trophy photo. Seriously, a weekend meteor shower peak with no moon is the best opportunity we've had in years to shoot the Perseids... unless you live in Connecticut.
08/11/2018 12:07:21 PM · #19
You should SOOOOOOOO drive to meet up with 17203.gif scalvert this is an amazing opportunity!

Have you seen his astronomy photos?!

08/11/2018 11:37:36 AM · #20
ouch, sorry to missed to see this message :( so now next is on Wednesday? I will have to see if I can make it because of working days.

Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by pgirish007:

I am in the NYC area so how and where can I see this event and take some shots?

Give me a shout if you're willing to drive 4-5 hours tonight for a potentially stunning photo. Otherwise, I think we're out of luck until Wednesday night.
08/11/2018 09:54:03 AM · #21
Originally posted by GeorgesBogaert:

Took some pictures yesterday of the stars but the result is very poor. I can see many stars with my eye but in camerea there are only few white dots to see. I used the 75-300mmm lens, I also tried the 85mm lens in infinity, put in ISO 6500 but not sure they are stars or huge pixels.
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Open up your aperture to at least 4.0, preferably wider. Good luck!
08/11/2018 09:42:59 AM · #22
Actually George...that’s not bad!!! IMO

Mind you I’m on my cellphone...but I can see the stars and their not “trailing”
08/11/2018 08:34:51 AM · #23
Took some pictures yesterday of the stars but the result is very poor. I can see many stars with my eye but in camerea there are only few white dots to see. I used the 75-300mmm lens, I also tried the 85mm lens in infinity, put in ISO 6500 but not sure they are stars or huge pixels.
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08/10/2018 12:15:50 PM · #24
Originally posted by pgirish007:

I am in the NYC area so how and where can I see this event and take some shots?

Give me a shout if you're willing to drive 4-5 hours tonight for a potentially stunning photo. Otherwise, I think we're out of luck until Wednesday night.
08/10/2018 09:52:06 AM · #25
Originally posted by kirbic:

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Basically, you need to find as dark an area as possible. That's going to involve some travel for you. Take a look at this map. <snip>

Good luck! Lots of red, orange, and yellow on the entire East Coast (up and down the entire Eastern seaboard).
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