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Starry Night   Featured in PhotoFlash #046
  Starry Night
Starry Night
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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JO ANN CLEVELAND
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    WOW! Now what filter did you use to make it look like it is in a globe? Beautiful, jo ann c.

12/27/2006 2:27:55 PM

 
Josh Anon

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12/27/2006 2:31:10 PM

 
Josh Anon

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Hi, the shot's with a fisheye lens - no filter required. But just to add a bit to this, I knew that the stars rotating would create circular trails across the sky (although I didn't realize at the time I was looking towards the south pole, the point the stars are rotating around). I decided to use a fisheye to emphasize the circular trails, which, as an added bonus, emphasized the hammock's shape. I knew that just a shot of the water and night sky with star trails wouldn't be as great as it could be, causing me to look for the foreground (hammock and palm trees) to include in the shot. There were some hotel rooms right behind me, and I guessed that with a 20+ minute exposure, the hammock and trees would be lit up well enough from the light coming from inside the rooms, adding a warm glow.

One big mistake that I made while shooting was not using a fresh battery! I took 3 shots of this scene with a Canon 1Ds and noise reduction on. The 1Ds does noise reduction by exposing a black frame for as long as your actual shot was and subtracting out the resulting noise. Well, my first shot was 10 minutes, the second (above) shot was about 30 minutes, and the third shot (by which point I was dark adapted and could see well enough to take a step back and compose slightly better) was about an hour. My camera's battery died while writing the third shot out to the card; it was the best shot that I'll never see.

Editor's Note: Josh Anon teaches an awesome new course right here at BetterPhoto: Photo Design: Composition for the Wow Factor.

12/29/2006 1:57:05 PM

 
Angela Garibay
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Well what an amazing photo Josh! keep using your fisheye lens!

1/3/2007 12:31:14 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Super night star image, great design and creativity!!

1/12/2007 6:50:15 PM

 
Josh Anon

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Thanks!

1/12/2007 11:30:52 PM

 
Rajbir Singh

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wow ! Josh that was one shot which made me walk into your course.

question! reciprocity did you keep that in mind when you calculated the time?

fish eye with my D200 will not give the same effect as I have a 1.5 factor. If I want to shoot the stars effect like that what would you suggest?

I am sure a range finder is not what is of use here, my other camera

thanks

rajbir

3/6/2007 9:16:14 PM

 
Josh Anon

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Hi Rajbir,
I'm glad you liked it, and thanks for signing up! Reciprocity doesn't mater with digital imaging (as far as I know), only film. With star trails, on a moonless night with not much light, you just need as much light as possible.

Unfortunately, unless you find a really wide lens (I heard Tokina makes a 10-17 fisheye designed for cameras with a crop factor, but I don't know about the quality), there's not much you can do--you just lose part of the image. However, it's certainly possible to shoot star trails without a fisheye. Just go to an area away from the city on a clear night, compose a nice shot with lots of sky, and keep the shutter open for a long time.

Good luck!

3/6/2007 9:39:17 PM

 
Rajbir Singh

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josh ! thanks for the response. reciprocity! I was told otherwise but any way. I do have a 12-24 wide angle if that will work. I did find out about the fish eye and I can get a 10.5nikon lens. but it would become 15. I guess this is the price I pay for not having a full frame camera.

but thanks and I would like to learn how you adjusted to exposure? did you calculate it? or is there some other way you do it?

hope to get more from you later........in the course. it will be a pleasure learning from you.

thanks
rajbir

3/7/2007 12:48:28 AM

 
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