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Lets see your stars and night sky

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@Peter Connan love this last shot - very interesting! 

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I am a bit of a PS slut as you might have noticed 

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Great fun will have to try that sometime! Pen

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A weird one as I think I can count on one hand the number of selfies I have ever taken.  But I couldn't resist messing around a bit under a full moon while trying to put together a small timelapse sequence... 

 

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With a fire many many kilometers away I went up 'the rock' to see if I could get wildfire and stars together.  

 

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Really exciting stuff @KaingU Lodge The second one I have a really strange thought about though - there are too many stars! 

 

How wide were you shooting on the first?

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@KaingU Lodge Those two captures really define a perfect African night sky. Stunning. I think you need to give me some personal tuition :)

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11 hours ago, pault said:

Really exciting stuff @KaingU Lodge The second one I have a really strange thought about though - there are too many stars! 

 

How wide were you shooting on the first?

 

The first one is a stitched panorama (9 pictures if I remember right) taken with my 1D MKIV and Samyang 14mm - so in reality an 18mm with the crop factor.  30 sec exposures - which were actually borderline too long as I was getting some star movement - ISO 1600.  

 

The 2nd one surprised me....  it is one from the timelapse sequence that I was shooting.  ISO 2000 at a 15 sec exposure with my little omd em-10.  The fact that the m4/3 sensor picked up so many stars at quite a short exposure (f2 with samyang 12mm) slightly amazed me.  

 

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Well you couldn't really have gone much wider then!!   I just wondered if you could have worked in a bit more ground, to anchor iit, but not really.

 

Looking again, I think I'm almost serious about the second by the way. It really is a bit too busy for me aesthetically - which of course is amazing given the exposiure time. If you darken it would you get rid of a few stars? Haha  :D

 

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Stunning shots @KaingU Lodge!

 

One from my own travels:

 

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My camp next to the Orange River, Richtersveld National Park (Namibia), just a week and a day ago.

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Posted (edited)

It has been a while since posting to this thread.  Some recent starry nights.  Trying out a new island location and a new treehouse.  This entailed an evening out under an almost full moon: 

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Canon 1DMKIV at ISO 1250, f2.8, 8sec exposure with Samyang 14mm 

 

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15 secs this time.  Everything else the same.  

 

It all worked beautifully.  The treehouse worked wonderfully.  Of course the only thing was that being under such a bright moon we started thinking about being out there on a moonless night.  Fortunately we had some repeat guests who were desperate to try it all.  So we did a dinner on the island and then left them too it.  With a radio of course.  Being a treehouse 3m off the ground I feel that it is okay to leave people there with only a radio if they desire. 

 

For this one we switched to mirrorless.  Little OMD EM10.  I am really, really surprised by what this camera can do.  For a fairly small sensor with a couple of cheap manual focus primes it makes me smile.  

 

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OMd EM10, ISO 1250, f3.5 for 10 secs.  I am fairly sure this is the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye.  For this sort of use actually the biggest problem is later on not having a clue about lens EXIF data.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I pressed submit before finishing!

 

Pre-dinner drinks.  The 'dining room' is in a glade of waterberry trees in the background where you can see chef Wina's headlight all bright and white.  

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This is the 7.5mm fisheye at it's maximum f3.5.  ISO 2000 for 30secs.  

 

 

 

 

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Now we move to Mpamba rock.  Three days of rains around the 10th of October.  Nothing totally torrential but enough to turbocharge the grass and dampen down the dust.  Distant rumbles saw me grabbing the tripod just after dinner on two consecutive evenings.  

 

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EM10 ISO 400 f1.8 for 15 secs.  This is the Olympus 17mm f1.8 prime.  

 

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And again but a 5 sec exposure.  

 

This image below is one of these moments where you wish you could do it all over again.  While the long exposure allowed me to grab the lightning it meant the stars were starting to trail.  Oh well.  Trial and error... 

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Love your work!

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2 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

Love your work!

 

Many thanks Peter.  Clouds are building here, forecast showing big thunder storms coming in.  Yes!!!! 

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