An Autumn Orbit(w)

© Eric Highfield

An Autumn Orbit(w)

Dan J. Holm Student 12/6/2004 12:33:58 AM

Wow! This is gorgeous, Eric!! Your perspective and capture are simply magnificent! Excellent work! #194305

Carolina K. Smith 12/6/2004 12:44:32 AM

I agree :) I like the star trails, too :) #956534

S J 12/6/2004 12:55:52 AM

Terrific capture and framing, Eric! Very nicely done! #956545

Amy N. Cappelli 12/6/2004 3:35:46 AM

Stellar capture Eric, just beautiful! lovely contrast in colors between the gold of the leaves and lapis sky. #956671

Allan L. Whitehead 12/6/2004 4:17:15 AM

Marvelous capture and terrific presentation, Eric. Very well done, my dear friend - your good friend, Allan #956765

Barbara Kehoe 12/6/2004 4:35:35 AM

Totally beautiful image Eric. The combination of gold and blue is stunning. #956811

Sharon Day 12/6/2004 5:33:20 AM

Outstanding and beautiful, Eric!!! This is just super with the color in the trees and the star trail! Great job! #956935

Igor Laptev 12/6/2004 6:12:53 AM

Great image! #956995

Darren K. Fisher 12/6/2004 1:29:51 PM

Looks like a winner to me. Wonderful job on exposure and capture of color here. This inspires me. #957707

Judy S. Fung 12/6/2004 4:14:15 PM

Wonderful capture, Eric! Very beautiful. #957898

Eric Highfield 12/6/2004 4:40:47 PM

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. #957933

Deborah C. Lewinson 12/6/2004 5:55:21 PM

Wow, stunning image, Eric!

-Debby #958050

Eric Highfield 12/6/2004 10:37:58 PM

Thank you, Debby! #958252

Barbara Kehoe 1/17/2005 3:18:24 PM

Congratulations Eric, It's a wonderful shot. #1039825

Patricia Marroquin 1/18/2005 1:15:08 AM

Congratulations, Eric, this is awesome! :-) #1040967

Judy S. Fung 1/18/2005 1:25:26 AM

Congrats, Eric! #1040991

Kip T. Berger 1/18/2005 1:27:53 AM

Congratulations on the finalist Eric!!! #1040995

Allan L. Whitehead 1/18/2005 4:02:56 AM

Eric, my dear friend, congratulations on your finalist selection. Well done, and good luck in the next step - your good friend, Allan #1041493

Patricia A. Kuniega 1/18/2005 4:47:23 AM

Congratulations on your superb finalist, Eric! Good luck! #1041781

Paul Michko 1/18/2005 6:34:24 AM

Congrats, Eric. #1042642

cj patterson 1/18/2005 7:42:44 AM

CONGRATS!!! #1043126

Murry Grigsby 1/18/2005 11:57:13 AM

Congrats again Eric! #1044416

Phil S 1/18/2005 8:31:14 PM

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! #1046759

Judy S. Fung 1/20/2005 2:47:41 AM

Congrats on your second place win, Eric! #1049654

Marilou Olejniczak 1/20/2005 3:08:10 AM

Congratulations on your win! #1049728

Wally Orlowsky 1/20/2005 4:08:30 AM

Congratulations on this awesome winner, Eric. #1049901

Paul Michko 1/20/2005 4:13:08 AM

Congrats, Eric on a terrific win. #1049937

kathy wolfe 1/20/2005 5:17:29 AM

Congrats Eric!! #1050179

Patricia A. Kuniega 1/20/2005 5:30:36 AM

Congratulations on your terrific win, Eric! #1050247

Charlene Bayerle 1/20/2005 5:44:15 AM

Congratulations on a great win Eric!!!! #1050306

cj patterson 1/20/2005 6:07:38 AM

Big Congrats Eric!!!!!!! #1050435

Barbara Kehoe 1/20/2005 6:32:17 AM

Congratulations again Eric. You really deserved to win. #1050532

Murry Grigsby 1/20/2005 6:41:25 AM

Congratulations on your win Eric! #1050581

Kathleen Clemons 1/20/2005 7:10:30 AM

Congrats, Eric! #1050710

Karen Engelbreth 1/20/2005 7:18:54 AM

Congrats on your win, Eric! #1050750

Lisa Deaton 1/20/2005 7:26:05 AM

Beautiful photo and a well deserved win, Congrats!! #1050782

Marie Fields 1/20/2005 7:26:39 AM

Congratulations, Eric! Awesome image! #1050785

Allan L. Whitehead 1/20/2005 7:55:01 AM

Eric, congratulations on both of your wonderful wins, each of which is very richly deserved, my very dear friend - your good friend, Allan #1050937

Audrea Telkamp 1/20/2005 8:00:45 AM

Congratulations Eric!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!! #1050964

Sharon Day 1/20/2005 8:11:18 AM

Congratulations Eric!!! I loved this the first time I saw it! Well deserved! #1051024

Katleen R. Struckle 1/20/2005 10:10:27 AM

Congrats.Eric!! Just a stunning image! #1051391

Wendy Stevenson 1/20/2005 12:32:31 PM

Congratulations Eric on your win with this great shot!! #1051656

Dale Gast 1/20/2005 1:13:21 PM

Congratulations, Eric!!! This is wonderful & so very well deserved!!! #1051708

Mellanie 1/20/2005 1:57:25 PM

Congrats on this win, Eric! Love this image! #1051785

Jim Kinnunen 1/20/2005 3:11:18 PM

Congratulations on your win Eric!!! #1052008

Debra Booth 1/20/2005 4:10:45 PM

Congratulations, Eric!! #1052132

Darren K. Fisher 1/20/2005 5:27:35 PM

Congrats not only on your win but one awesome image. #1052267

William C. Raco 1/20/2005 7:18:38 PM

Congratulations, Eric
Excellent work.

bill #1052399

William C. Raco 1/20/2005 7:18:38 PM

Congratulations, Eric
Excellent work.

bill #1052400

Phil S 1/20/2005 9:04:02 PM

Eric,

Awesome job! This is a great photograph and congrats on getting the gold! #1052532

Kip T. Berger 1/20/2005 10:53:48 PM

Beautiful colors and POV for this winning shot Eric! Congrats! #1052621

Wanda Judd 1/21/2005 5:02:14 AM

Congratulations, this is simply outstanding... #1053135

Pamela K 1/21/2005 5:01:57 PM

I still love this image! Congratulations, Eric!

Pam #1054658

Kristi A. Howson 1/21/2005 5:12:25 PM

Fantastic perspective and great lighting effects Eric. Congratulations!!!!! #1054689

Evy Johansen 1/21/2005 11:09:44 PM

Congratulations on your win, Eric! Beautiful image! #1055213

Eric Highfield 1/22/2005 10:11:38 PM

Thanks everyone for your warming comments, I'm truly honoured! Your support has been greatly appreciated! #1057266

Leonard Pierce 1/23/2005 5:19:14 PM

Congratulations on your Second Place win Eric!!! #1058855

Duane 1/24/2005 10:33:36 AM

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 #1060350

Eric Highfield 1/25/2005 12:35:23 AM

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.... #1061484

Eric Highfield 1/25/2005 12:38:24 AM

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! #1061486

Eric Highfield 1/25/2005 12:41:45 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments and encouragement, it's greatly appreciated! #1061491

Nancy Grace Chen 1/31/2005 4:09:59 PM

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

Nancy #1075623

Eric Highfield 2/1/2005 7:05:55 AM

Thank you, Nancy! #1076910

Sandra Freyler 9/23/2005 6:33:58 PM

Beautiful image! I also enjoyed viewing your gallery! #1871993

Eric Highfield 9/24/2005 5:24:51 AM

Thank You, Sandra. I appreciate your visiting! #1874676

Laura Clay-Ballard 10/14/2005 11:06:14 AM

gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #1951991

Eric Highfield 6/1/2006 4:21:34 PM

Thank you ,Laura. Sorry for so late in responding. Must have missed it! #2842140

M.Christine Duncan 5/16/2009 7:48:59 PM

Fabulous image, I love all the color!!! And amazing star trails as well... welcome to Canada Photo Eric! #7528442

Jean Lechleiter 5/26/2009 8:54:39 PM

Beautiful colours perspective and star trails. BIG CONGRATS. on the finalist!!! #7564197

Eric Highfield 7/10/2009 11:58:35 AM


Thank you Christine & Jean!

I apologize for the delay in responding, I don't seem to be getting email notifications anymore. #7725680


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Description

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)

Uploaded on 12/6/2004 12:24:28 AM


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