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  Mini#36 Get Well Soon, Elliott!
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Oakey Grove Church       ©2017 SteveBee
Panasonic DMC-GX85       1st place, 220 points
30s, f4, ISO 800, 14mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: The star trail photo was made from a time lapse series of shots that were merged using StarStax, a free software program. After merging I did some spot healing to cleanup noise and some stray lights from nearby houses, perspective adjustments and slight tweaking of tone (exposure, contrast, color balance, etc.).       Extra Info: I saw among Elliott's entries a number of night scenes and shots featuring amazing skies. While not a direct imitation of any of his shots, I hope it's one that he might appreciate and enjoy. I hope he wins his battle and is back out taking photos again soon. This shot involved taking a time lapse series of 55 shots exposed for 30 seconds apiece using the in-camera intervalometer feature. The shots were merged using a free software application called StarStax to create the star trails.
 
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Mepo
50 days ago
    Congrats - and thanks again for the link.

joshd
51 days ago
    Really excellent ... I'm looking to do more astro/night photography and this is great inspiration. The framing of the building in the center of the star trails is just perfect.

out_of_focus
51 days ago
    Fantastic photo. For a 4/3 rd sensor, doing this is more difficult. Considering all, a well deserving first place. My hearty congratulations Steve.

ysal
52 days ago
    Congrats, well done.
Edited on Apr 3, 2017

Lo
52 days ago
    Congratulations Steve - a well deserved win. The lighting and the effect of the stars is superb.

RobertLavker
52 days ago
    Congrats Steve on a terrific image - it was clearly my number 1. Well-deserved.

mrsawyer
52 days ago
    Congrats on your win and glad El liked it!

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Mepo
52 days ago
    I love the effect and the image you've used it on. Thanks so much for sharing the software.

bryanshoots
52 days ago
    Great technique!

babysister
52 days ago
    Im sure that Elliott will admire this image. Im sure also that the time and effort put into it will be appreciated.

jomari
53 days ago
    I love this. The central composition is perfect with that arch of star trails. Top pick.

elliott
53 days ago
    wow, this is great. obviously a lot of work in it.
what i find most intriguing is the radius of the curvature seems to be almost directly in line with the center line of the church. very nice.
i bought a nice wide angle lens for the camera that i hope to use for some astrophotography in the coming months.
el

kerszkavet
53 days ago
    great, really interesting and creative

forkcandles
53 days ago
    fabulous and great technique
thanks for the information on the plug in

Lo
54 days ago
    I love the effect the time lapse photography has on the sky while leaving excellent detail in the church. Great job.

aoc46
54 days ago
    Striking image; nicely done. Might be improved by
- a bit more brightness on the building and surroundings.
- a crop shape that relates to the proportions of the building.

Old Finn
54 days ago
    I would have cropped more off from the left and down side. You used interesting technique.

jeffp393
54 days ago
    A great image .

mrsawyer
54 days ago
    Great idea and well presented! The central location of the church and the adorning semicircular star trails are very attractive! Was there moonlight involved in lighting the church front or just starlight?

cookiejar
55 days ago
    Good subject selection. I like the central composition and the low vantage point. The timing on your exposure has produced an attractive sky that makes the shot successful.

SteveBee
55 days ago
    ysal: Thanks! This shot is actually taken looking due south. If pointing north the trails would've formed a complete circle around the North Star. The building is an old abandoned church which I found through some online searching and happened to be not too far away. I didn't do any light painting. There was sufficient ambient to work with.

RobertLavker
55 days ago
    I am extremely jealous. I always wanted to make these types of astro-images, but never could pull it off. Very van Gogh! High in my favs.

ysal
55 days ago
    This is fantastic. I've done some star trail photography so I can understand the effort that went into this. Based on the trail pattern, you were looking straight due north. And you managed to find this pretty building in perfect alignment with a clear background. I think that is quite an accomplishment! Did you light paint the building?
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