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An Autumn Orbit
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An Autumn Orbit(w)
An Autumn Orbit(w)
A view if the night sky near Canis Bay in Algonquin Park, Ontario in October. The illumination on the trees is coming from the campfire. 15mm Diagonal Fisheye, Agfa Pro ISO 50 film, Tripod Cable release(on timer)
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Dan J. Holm
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    Wow! This is gorgeous, Eric!! Your perspective and capture are simply magnificent! Excellent work!

12/6/2004 12:33:58 AM

 
Carolina K. Smith
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I agree :) I like the star trails, too :)

12/6/2004 12:44:32 AM

 
S  J
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Terrific capture and framing, Eric! Very nicely done!

12/6/2004 12:55:52 AM

 
Amy N. Cappelli
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Stellar capture Eric, just beautiful! lovely contrast in colors between the gold of the leaves and lapis sky.

12/6/2004 3:35:46 AM

 
Allan L. Whitehead
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Marvelous capture and terrific presentation, Eric. Very well done, my dear friend - your good friend, Allan

12/6/2004 4:17:15 AM

 
Barbara Kehoe
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Totally beautiful image Eric. The combination of gold and blue is stunning.

12/6/2004 4:35:35 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Outstanding and beautiful, Eric!!! This is just super with the color in the trees and the star trail! Great job!

12/6/2004 5:33:20 AM

 
Igor  Laptev
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Great image!

12/6/2004 6:12:53 AM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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Looks like a winner to me. Wonderful job on exposure and capture of color here. This inspires me.

12/6/2004 1:29:51 PM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Wonderful capture, Eric! Very beautiful.

12/6/2004 4:14:15 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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Dan,Carolina, Sanjay, Amy, Allan, Barbara, Sharon, Igor, Darren, and Judy, Wow...thanks so much for your support in this image! The composition has benefited from some luck...I knew where the North Star was in the frame when setting the shot up, but it was too dark to see anything but vaguest outline of trees...it was nature that lended a helping hand.

12/6/2004 4:40:47 PM

 
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Wow, stunning image, Eric!

-Debby

12/6/2004 5:55:21 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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Thank you, Debby!

12/6/2004 10:37:58 PM

 
Barbara Kehoe
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Congratulations Eric, It's a wonderful shot.

1/17/2005 3:18:24 PM

 
Patricia Marroquin
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Congratulations, Eric, this is awesome! :-)

1/18/2005 1:15:08 AM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Congrats, Eric!

1/18/2005 1:25:26 AM

 
Kip T. Berger
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Congratulations on the finalist Eric!!!

1/18/2005 1:27:53 AM

 
Allan L. Whitehead
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Eric, my dear friend, congratulations on your finalist selection. Well done, and good luck in the next step - your good friend, Allan

1/18/2005 4:02:56 AM

 
Patricia A. Kuniega
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Congratulations on your superb finalist, Eric! Good luck!

1/18/2005 4:47:23 AM

 
Paul Michko
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Congrats, Eric.

1/18/2005 6:34:24 AM

 
cj patterson
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CONGRATS!!!

1/18/2005 7:42:44 AM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Congrats again Eric!

1/18/2005 11:57:13 AM

 
Phil S
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Eric,

I love the fall colors and the blue of the sky here. What a wonderful photograph. Congrats on your finalist entry and best of luck in the next round. Very deserving of GOLD!

1/18/2005 8:31:14 PM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Congrats on your second place win, Eric!

1/20/2005 2:47:41 AM

 
Marilou Olejniczak
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Congratulations on your win!

1/20/2005 3:08:10 AM

 
Wally Orlowsky
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Congratulations on this awesome winner, Eric.

1/20/2005 4:08:30 AM

 
Paul Michko
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Congrats, Eric on a terrific win.

1/20/2005 4:13:08 AM

 
kathy wolfe
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Congrats Eric!!

1/20/2005 5:17:29 AM

 
Patricia A. Kuniega
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Congratulations on your terrific win, Eric!

1/20/2005 5:30:36 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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Congratulations on a great win Eric!!!!

1/20/2005 5:44:15 AM

 
cj patterson
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Big Congrats Eric!!!!!!!

1/20/2005 6:07:38 AM

 
Barbara Kehoe
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Congratulations again Eric. You really deserved to win.

1/20/2005 6:32:17 AM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Congratulations on your win Eric!

1/20/2005 6:41:25 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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Congrats, Eric!

1/20/2005 7:10:30 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Congrats on your win, Eric!

1/20/2005 7:18:54 AM

 
Lisa Deaton
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Beautiful photo and a well deserved win, Congrats!!

1/20/2005 7:26:05 AM

 
Marie Fields
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Congratulations, Eric! Awesome image!

1/20/2005 7:26:39 AM

 
Allan L. Whitehead
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Eric, congratulations on both of your wonderful wins, each of which is very richly deserved, my very dear friend - your good friend, Allan

1/20/2005 7:55:01 AM

 
Audrea Telkamp
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Congratulations Eric!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

1/20/2005 8:00:45 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Congratulations Eric!!! I loved this the first time I saw it! Well deserved!

1/20/2005 8:11:18 AM

 
Katleen R. Struckle
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Congrats.Eric!! Just a stunning image!

1/20/2005 10:10:27 AM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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Congratulations Eric on your win with this great shot!!

1/20/2005 12:32:31 PM

 
Dale Gast
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Congratulations, Eric!!! This is wonderful & so very well deserved!!!

1/20/2005 1:13:21 PM

 
Mellanie 

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Congrats on this win, Eric! Love this image!

1/20/2005 1:57:25 PM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Congratulations on your win Eric!!!

1/20/2005 3:11:18 PM

 
Debra Booth
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Congratulations, Eric!!

1/20/2005 4:10:45 PM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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Congrats not only on your win but one awesome image.

1/20/2005 5:27:35 PM

 
William C. Raco
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Congratulations, Eric
Excellent work.

bill

1/20/2005 7:18:38 PM

 
William C. Raco
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Congratulations, Eric
Excellent work.

bill

1/20/2005 7:18:38 PM

 
Phil S
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Eric,

Awesome job! This is a great photograph and congrats on getting the gold!

1/20/2005 9:04:02 PM

 
Kip T. Berger
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Beautiful colors and POV for this winning shot Eric! Congrats!

1/20/2005 10:53:48 PM

 
Wanda Judd
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Congratulations, this is simply outstanding...

1/21/2005 5:02:14 AM

 
Pamela K
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I still love this image! Congratulations, Eric!

Pam

1/21/2005 5:01:57 PM

 
Kristi A. Howson
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Fantastic perspective and great lighting effects Eric. Congratulations!!!!!

1/21/2005 5:12:25 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Congratulations on your win, Eric! Beautiful image!

1/21/2005 11:09:44 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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Thanks everyone for your warming comments, I'm truly honoured! Your support has been greatly appreciated!

1/22/2005 10:11:38 PM

 
Leonard Pierce
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Congratulations on your Second Place win Eric!!!

1/23/2005 5:19:14 PM

 
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Very nice. A few questions. With such a long exposure, how were you able to perfectly balance the ambient light and prevent the campfire from totally blowing out all the detail on the trees close to the fire, and retain their true (albeit warmed) color? Also, was this relatively soon after sunset, or is the greenish-blue hue coming from city lights to the left? (based on the amount of light coming from the West). Did you choose Agfa film with any regard to reciprocity failure or pulling in more blue, or was it just what you normally shoot? How did you choose the f stop you selected for depth of field vs. getting a long enough exposure? Thanks, Duane

1/24/2005 10:33:36 AM

 
Eric Highfield
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Hi Duane, thanks for the comments and Questions! This was photographed on my Wedding anniversary trip and my photography was mostly casual throughout this trip. As such, this photo was not planned out in advance nor was my record keeping on the logic and settings, but I think I can recall most of it, and will try to answer your questions the best I can:

1). With such a long exposure, how were you able to perfectly balance the ambient light and prevent the campfire from totally blowing out all the detail on the trees close to the fire, and retain their true (albeit warmed) color? - The campfire blowing out all the detail was my primary concern, so I moved as far away from it as possible. My option were limited, we were in a forest and most of our site was under a canopy of branches. The above photo will show you the approximate location of the exposure in relation to the campfire. It was actually very dark there, but I knew from other long exposures the compounding effect of light, that the fire would still be a factor (even when its barely detectable by the human eye). The colour retention of the trees was a surprise to me too. If I were too close to the fire, I expected orange glow trees...no star trails. Too far away, silhouetted trees, many bright star trails. I can only assume I ended up on a "sweet spot" in terms of proximity of the fire, maximized by fortunate exposure settings.

2). Also, was this relatively soon after sunset, or is the greenish-blue hue coming from city lights to the left? (based on the amount of light coming from the West). - About 3 hours after sunset I'd say. No cities within two hours of this location and 1/2 hour to the nearest small town so light pollution shouldn't be a factor. This was actually the second of 2 shots. the light in the bottom corner is the moon creeping up on the horizon. invisible to me at the time, but picked on the film. There would have been a third shot, but shortly after the second the moon's light was visible to me and I knew the "party" was over.

Continued....

1/25/2005 12:35:23 AM

 
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Continued from above....

3.) Did you choose Agfa film with any regard to reciprocity failure or pulling in more blue, or was it just what you normally shoot? - Agfa was the film we were trying at the time, and what was in the camera. I didn't have the reciprocity failure data with me which is why I had decided to go for three shots, the first shot was 1 hour (which turned up okay, but too dark, less colourful and shorter star trails), the second shot was at 2 hours (this one), and the third never happened, but even without the moon I think it would have been overexposed. There is some evidence of reciprocity failure throughout this image although less evident, you can see the greenish tint even in the leaves on the right side

4.) How did you choose the f stop you selected for depth of field vs. getting a long enough exposure? - I wanted the longest exposure possible so I went with F/22 which was the smallest on this lens.


I did a search and found this link for Dan Heller's site. He's got a great tutorial on star trails and even has a similar image to this one. Here's the URL:

http://www.danheller.com/star-trails.html


Thanks again for taking interest in my image!

1/25/2005 12:38:24 AM

 
Eric Highfield
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Thanks everyone for your comments and encouragement, it's greatly appreciated!

1/25/2005 12:41:45 AM

 
Nancy Grace Chen
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Excellent idea and well-executed. A late congrats to you on your winner!!

Nancy

1/31/2005 4:09:59 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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Thank you, Nancy!

2/1/2005 7:05:55 AM

 
Sandra Freyler
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Beautiful image! I also enjoyed viewing your gallery!

9/23/2005 6:33:58 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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Thank You, Sandra. I appreciate your visiting!

9/24/2005 5:24:51 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10/14/2005 11:06:14 AM

 
Eric Highfield
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Thank you ,Laura. Sorry for so late in responding. Must have missed it!

6/1/2006 4:21:34 PM

 
M.Christine Duncan
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Fabulous image, I love all the color!!! And amazing star trails as well... welcome to Canada Photo Eric!

5/16/2009 7:48:59 PM

 
Jean Lechleiter
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Beautiful colours perspective and star trails. BIG CONGRATS. on the finalist!!!

5/26/2009 8:54:39 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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Thank you Christine & Jean!

I apologize for the delay in responding, I don't seem to be getting email notifications anymore.

7/10/2009 11:58:35 AM

 
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