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Wharariki Star Trails by slickwilly182 Wharariki Star Trails by slickwilly182
Star trails! From two seperate occasions in New Zealand.

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PC-Sw-sW Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The World is a little bit strange...
I love this picture! The Tree and the stars in the backround!
It would be nice, if you haden't work with long time lightning, too!
annabre7 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoa - the universe is a bizarre phenomenon!! How long did you keep the exposure for?
slickwilly182 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I think this was 2.5 hours of consecutive 30 second exposures.
zhead86 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
This is awesome dude... great shot
slickwilly182 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!

Hey maybe you could help me out...

I just found out yesterday that I am one of the Top 10 Finalists in the 2014 VISTEK Emerging Photographer Showcase for the 2014 Exposure Festival which is held annually in Banff, Alberta. This years "Closing Party" will be on Feb. 28, 2014 held at Calgary’s Endeavor Art Gallery from 7 – 10 p.m. (Maybe you can join me here!) The winner of this competition will be determined by tallied votes. Therefore, in order for me to win, I need as many votes as humanly possible! Now while I would greatly appreciate your votes, please visit the website and look through all of the photographs before voting on for whoever you think should win the competition. You can look through all of the images and there is a poll at the bottom, where you just have to click the box beside the photographers name you want to win the most. Hopefully me! Remember, you can only vote ONCE, so make it count!…

Also, if you are in the Alberta area, keep a look out for one of my 5 images to be displayed on a giant BILLBOARD! How cool is that! Once it is up, I will let you know which image it is, and be giving clues as to its whereabouts. If you take a photo of yourself standing under, beside, or heck, even on the billboard, I will enter your name into a draw to win a 12x18 Signed Limited Edition Fine Art Print of your choice from my website.

If I happen to WIN the contest, I will have a draw and give away a 24x36 Signed Limited Edition Fine Art Print of your choice over on my FACEBOOK page, so be sure to LIKE that!…

Thanks for looking and please pass this on to everyone you know, via Email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I would appreciate that from the bottom of my heart!

-Mike Isaak
M0NY11 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been trying astronomical photography for a while everything am doing is failing XD, Can I ask some question? Whats the point in shooting raw images? and if your using bulb shots how do you control the lighting as you want? my problem is that my 40D shoots only 30 seconds max then bulb mode when i use bulb mode the lighting is purely awful the sky is somehow light blue gray, the stars are barley visible the moon produces flare...never thought moon light could produce flare?? XD :D One last thing..any tips to avoid light pollution? am not a professional and I cannot drive, me getting out of the city to shoot is not a typical teenager. and I cannot go anywhere..any other ways?
slickwilly182 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Raw allows you a lot more flexibility, it records all of your data, whereas JPEG essentially compresses the image and alters the pixels. You need a remote if you are going to use bulb mode

The moon can produce awesome flare and can be really cool if you know how to use it.

You can eliminate some light pollution using editing software, but you really have to get out of the city, that's really the only way.
tjackson80 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
how did you do the light painting for this (of the tree?)
slickwilly182 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
There was an outdoor light on the building behind me.
funygirl38 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice, love how you made the tree the central pivot. Great work.
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