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Star Trails over Little Presque Isle...

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Star Trails over Little Presque Isle...
Star Trails over Little Presque Isle...
and a glimpse of the Aurora. On the shore of Lake Superior North of Marquette, Michigan. Sigma 20mm, f/5, 1962 sec, ISO 100. Processed using Lightroom 4
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Howard Eisenberg
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    Awesome star trail with great clarity in the photo. I love the reflection in the sand. With all you great night shots, I wonder if you ever sleep?


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7/28/2012 3:51:47 AM

 
Arthur Bohlmann
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Nice work Paul What time did you thake this? I see light on the horizon but not sure if it is just as the sun has set or beginning to rise. This might answers Howards question too. LOL!


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7/28/2012 5:50:54 AM

 
Paul R. Nelson
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Thank you, Howard, and the answer to your question is probably not often enough. In fact I was out photographing star trails at my house at 3:30 this morning and came as close as I ever have to capturing a nice meteor right overhead; the camera was aimed right and the shutter was open, but I was in the middle of a 30-minute exposure, and I don't think it was bright enough to show up. :( Someday I will get one; the Perseids meteor shower is coming up 2 weeks from tonight.

Thank you, Art. It was sometime between 3:00 and 3:30; the time data was 3:15, I believe, and I assume that was the beginning of the exposure. The orange is the sun lighting up the Northern horizon. Because of how far North we are and the tilt of the Earth, the light from the sun is seen in the North before it comes up in the East.


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7/28/2012 8:01:38 AM

 
Arthur Bohlmann
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Thanks for the meteor shower info. I might drive up to Joshau Tree to photograph it if the position in the sky is right for the spot I have in mind.


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7/28/2012 8:05:58 AM

 
Paul R. Nelson
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You are welcome, Art; I knew you were interested from past meteor showers. More info from Skyscrapers.com:
"The peak of activity occurs on the night of August 11-12. That date puts the best part of the display on Saturday night through dawn’s early light on Sunday morning, with the majority of shooting stars seen after midnight. Though a waning crescent Moon will rise around 1:00 am in the same general direction of the Perseids radiant point (area of sky from where the meteors appear to radiate), it should only slightly diminish the number of meteors to be seen.

Perseus is well up in the northeast sky after midnight. If you can see a pattern of stars that looks like a sideways “M” or “W” (that’s Cassiopeia), Perseus is below it so you’re looking in the correct direction."
I hope it works out for you. I will be bringing my wife home for a week that day and we plan on spending the night outside watching/photographing them. Make sure to post any you get.


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7/28/2012 8:17:57 AM

 
Arthur Bohlmann
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Thanks for the info Paul. If I go I will definately post a few images


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7/28/2012 9:24:04 AM

 
David Resnikoff
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Paul,

What else can be said

Just exceptional work

David R


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7/28/2012 2:57:52 PM

 
Paul R. Nelson
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Thank you, David. This was a beautiful night, and I really enjoyed sitting in a chair by the shore of Lake Superior, listening to the quiet waves and watching the stars, while the camera did its work.


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7/28/2012 3:46:16 PM

 
Randy D. Dinkins
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Great wide angle long exposure capture, beautiful. Been meaning to get out to try this, just haven't done it, so thanks for the details on the shot (BTW - any specific meaning to 1962, besides the fact that it is roughly a 30 min exp?). Also - Congrats on the BP kudos.


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8/29/2012 1:53:18 AM

 
Howard Eisenberg
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Congratulations on this spectacular finalist Paul! Hope all is well, haven't seen new posting/heard from you in a while.


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8/29/2012 3:29:37 AM

 
Susan Williams
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Congratulations, Paul! A well-deserved award for this magnificent capture.


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8/29/2012 5:26:06 AM

 
Arthur Bohlmann
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Way To Go My Friend!


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8/29/2012 8:10:13 AM

 
Paul R. Nelson
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Thank you, Randy. I'm glad the info helped, and hope you get the chance to try it. I find it enjoyable to sit in the dark and enjoy the stars while the camera does it's work. I have the long-exposure noise reduction turned on and let the camera process it while I drive home.

I was aiming for 30 minutes and gave it a couple extra minutes to make sure and just happened to end up at that shutter duration.

Thank you, Howard, and I appreciate your concern. I've had to step away from my camera and the club for a little bit due to other considerations (for one, my wife came home for a week for the first time in 5 1/2 months), but hope my schedule will clear up soon.

Thank you, Susan; I appreciate the compliment.

Thank you, Arthur, my friend. It is good to hear from you.


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8/29/2012 8:29:45 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Wonderful work and a glorious finalist, Paul. Congratulations.


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8/29/2012 9:22:57 PM

 
Paul R. Nelson
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Thank you, Nikki. It was a memorable night and I am glad that I was able to share it a little bit.


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8/30/2012 6:32:25 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Wowza! What a beauty Paul, if I were the judge, t would get Gold!!!

Big congratulations on this fantastic finalitst!

jo ann c.


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9/8/2012 11:23:36 AM

 
David Resnikoff
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A Winner for sure

Well Done

David R


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9/8/2012 11:51:53 AM

 
Paul R. Nelson
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Thank you, Jo Ann; I really appreciate the compliments.

Thank you, David; your vote of confidence is much appreciated


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9/8/2012 6:33:02 PM

 
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