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Collection: Landscapes
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Henbury Meteor Craters, Northern Territory, Aust
Date: Jul 2, 2011
Aperture: 4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30.11 mins
Galleries: Sky, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Nov 27, 2011

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Comments: 7
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...yet another experiment out in the Northern Territory, Australia. The mice in this location were dreadful. They were running around and climbing over our camp gear - one even peaked in over the top of the 'kitchen' when I was cooking dinner - before the lights went out. After the lights went out, they started climbing up us! Ick.

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09/06/2012 04:08:08 PM
great shot and story! I'm dying to try this :-) (the star trail not the mice!)
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07/31/2012 08:47:05 AM
this is a great image, and capturing star trails can be very difficult. i initially got started in photography through astronomy; bought a film camera and tripod solely to capture star trails. when i realized that the amount of light pollution in my neighbourhood meant long exposures at night wouldn't be possible, i gave up on the cosmos and turned my lens towards daytime terrestrial subjects. you must have a very dark location here, as i see very little sky glow. the trails are great, but as a photograph im left wanting something to look at in the foreground. the very dark, featureless land is a bit distracting. maybe next time you could find some interesting foreground subject, like a tree or some rocks, and illuminate with your flash or a lamp.
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07/31/2012 08:43:15 AM
Originally posted by bassbone:

These star trail shots are so cool and you have done a very good job with this. I am impressed with the low noise for a single 30 minute exposure! The horizon seems to give this image a slightly tilted view but I gather that is due to the hills on the right side more than lack of being horizontal. I realize it is almost impossible to do at night, but it would have been great to have that set of circles a bit more centered, either by cropping or by composing a bit more to the left.

One question for you...We have the "Northern Star" to guide us up North. What star or constellation do you follow to show you South?


there is not really any southern pole star. you can use the southern cross as a pointer.
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07/31/2012 08:29:48 AM
I think what really makes this shot is that you can barely see the outline of the horizon. When you really look the outline is nice and sharp and makes me wonder what's down there. the star trails are fantastic and I really like that you were able to capture a complete circle. The only thing that bothers me is the light litter or clouds that seem to go right through the center of the frame.
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07/31/2012 08:05:19 AM
great shot, clean, low noise. i just wish it had a bit more exposure in the sky to bring out more color as the dark's seem to muddy together as there inst much contrast.
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07/31/2012 05:45:12 AM
These star trail shots are so cool and you have done a very good job with this. I am impressed with the low noise for a single 30 minute exposure! The horizon seems to give this image a slightly tilted view but I gather that is due to the hills on the right side more than lack of being horizontal. I realize it is almost impossible to do at night, but it would have been great to have that set of circles a bit more centered, either by cropping or by composing a bit more to the left.

One question for you...We have the "Northern Star" to guide us up North. What star or constellation do you follow to show you South?
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07/31/2012 12:17:11 AM
Outstanding! Such a wonderful image to display the beauty of the night sky in all its glory.
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