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Great shots for sure!  I'm curious on the time given for the lower shot please!  Knowing those things grow only at a certain elevation, I might travel west of Maricopa AZ next time I'm visiting family in the area and see if I can pull something like that off!

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24 minutes ago, Harley Kuehl said:

Great shots for sure!  I'm curious on the time given for the lower shot please!  Knowing those things grow only at a certain elevation, I might travel west of Maricopa AZ next time I'm visiting family in the area and see if I can pull something like that off!

The settings vary but this particular shot was about 20 mins exposure. As a rule of thumb, and again, there's formulas for shutter times depending on focal length etc., etc., but in general, anything more than 30 seconds will start to trail stars. This one below is about 50 mins. 

 

 

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4 hours ago, El Polvo said:

I bought a new flux capacitor for the van . . . This was the first test run

Where in time did you go.:laugh55:

By the way, excellent photos El.

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10 hours ago, braindead0 said:

You mean a Joshua tree ;-)...

 

nice shot!  Was there a light source in the foreground, or just sunset.. or????

Thanks, . Yes, there was artificial light shining on the tree

5 hours ago, MB64 said:

Ever tried the program startrails? Stacks your photos to create a photo similar to your 50 minute exposure.

No, i use starstax if i stack but i usually open shutter  

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2 hours ago, El Polvo said:

Hey, been a little busy the past yr , yr and a half .  Hope everyone is good . This photo was taken tonite Dec 11, 2018. NO POST EDITING

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Wow El, that's an amazing shot! 

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Indeed... Can you explain the process?  I'm curious how you get all that into the picture.  From the foreground I'm guessing a light source is involved in some way.. some sort of fill flash during a long exposure?  Or trade secret? 😉

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I'm curious of the process too, these are absolutely amazing by the way. My windmill pic in my avatar is about the extent of a cool sky pic I've gotten. Looking at these is making me wonder how cool a picture of it would be started earlier with a light on the windmill. 

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Nice shot, El. I believe you are looking at a near or full moon in the clouds. Simply flashing a strobe unit at any point in an open exposure shot will fill the foreground.

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5 hours ago, braindead0 said:

Indeed... Can you explain the process?  I'm curious how you get all that into the picture.  From the foreground I'm guessing a light source is involved in some way.. some sort of fill flash during a long exposure?  Or trade secret? 😉

 

3 hours ago, SteveHazard said:

I'm curious of the process too, these are absolutely amazing by the way. My windmill pic in my avatar is about the extent of a cool sky pic I've gotten. Looking at these is making me wonder how cool a picture of it would be started earlier with a light on the windmill. 

  Thanks to both of you guys. I’ll run a list for you of must haves and what to do.  I used on this last photo a Canon 6d mkii and a sigma 20mm f1.4 art lens.  You can use any camera with a “bulb” function and a lens of f2.8 or faster. 

Step one is a VERY VERY EXTREMELY STURDY tripod 

Step two is a good shutter trigger  for your camera (mine is a Miops trigger) You can get one from any camera store or even amazon.

Step three is pick a good subject, focus it, and turn OFF auto focus

Step four is ISO settings. My ISO here was 1600 and my f1.4  exposure time was 20 seconds

its important to note that i am constantly adjusting my ISO setting and exposure time between shot 

NOW THE BIG SECRET: my camera has no flash, if yours has one shut it off. My secret artificial lighting sorce is . . .shhh

(whispering . . my iphone light)   I just flashed it and stuck it in my pocket to squash the light. 

28 minutes ago, David A. Wright said:

Nice shot, El. I believe you are looking at a near or full moon in the clouds. Simply flashing a strobe unit at any point in an open exposure shot will fill the foreground.

Thanks much dave, no, a full moon would have blown it out, it was a waxing cresent last night (17-20%) when this photo was taken. But yes, i just more or les waved the light source for an extremely short time. 

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That's really cool that you just paint the object for a moment with a little hand held light. I'm going to have to do some experimenting. 

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2 minutes ago, SteveHazard said:

That's really cool that you just paint the object for a moment with a little hand held light. I'm going to have to do some experimenting. 

What are you shooting with? 

37 minutes ago, David A. Wright said:

I’ve seen some interesting lighting where the photographer “painted” objects with a flashlight.

Thats kinda what I did here. Also, it’ll pick up the red glow from the miops trigger app on my phone too

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