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Dec 30, 2006, 8:30:39 PM
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Kata-Tjuta by night by godintraining Kata-Tjuta by night by godintraining
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I enjoy astronomical photography because it's a totally different technique and philosophy, and the result is always incredible.
Few tricks for you:
- when you take a long exposure picture of the stars always point the north in the northern hemisphere and south in the southern hemisphere. The movement of the stars is slower on the earth's axis, and you can avoid that the stars appear too blurred
- The auto focus of your camera will not work properly. A good tip is to setup your auto focus only on the central dot, and then point the moon. After, without move the focal point switch on manual focus, and you are ready to take pictures of the stars.
- Always start with a 30 secs and use a fast lens and a good tripod. If the photo is over exposed you can always reduce the time. If you take a photo of the moon you need a really fast shot (less then 1/3 of second), don't forget that the moon reflect the light of the sun
- The sensor of your digital camera generate more noise if the temperature is high. A freezing night on a mountain or in the desert is what you need for your masterpiece

When you'll watch your photos you'll see that the stars have different colors. The blue stars are young, the yellow stars (like the sun) are middle aged, and the reddish stars are going to die soon.

Enjoy
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:iconfanaticus:
fanaticus Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007   Photographer
nice tricks. Didn't know about the sensor generating more noise when it's hot. That explains a lot :D
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Ilharess Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
great shot and thanks for the tips...not that i have a place to do it right nos as i live in the city, but i hope i will.
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XkY Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
Awesome photo!
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godintraining Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007   Photographer
Thank you ;-)
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nicholsy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007   Photographer
very nice! thanks for the tips :)

btw, is sydney during winter is cold enough? (compared to mountain or desert..) it's about 10 degrees or so.
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godintraining Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007   Photographer
Yea, no worries! This photo was taken with 30 degrees!! A cold weather can help, but it's not the main factor ;)
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Fior-Labhair Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
Great shot, and advice.... I've been trying to take pictures of the moon for a while but I think now my camera is not good enough to do so... I don't think it has the right settings..... :( oh well....maybe someday I will be able to take such a beautiful picture. :)
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godintraining Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007   Photographer
Thank you for your comment! Keep trying my friend
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:iconfior-labhair:
Fior-Labhair Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
You're welcome. and I will. :)
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starrysurrealism Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007   Photographer
eep! Orion!

Well sorta... There are random white stars that happen to be white dwarfs (the most common type of star in our galaxy).
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Art-Photo Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
Lovely capture and setting :nod: well done :clap:
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:icongodintraining:
godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007   Photographer
Thank you ;)
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timeisatraveller Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
This is simply amazing.. I love the nightly colours.. And of course the stars!

Stunning! :heart:
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:icongodintraining:
godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007   Photographer
Thank you, glad you liked it ;)
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
well you sure get the freezing nights, that I know... beaut shot mate! I did not know about heat and sensor noise. One tip for shots that include the moon is to take two shots of the same scene, one exposed for the moon and one for the rest and photoshop them together!
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godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007   Photographer
Actually yes, a digital sensor is very sensible to the external heat from the noise point of view. This is why the special cameras that professional sky photographers and scientists use to take high definition photos of galaxies and planets have an in built cooling system. Their cameras also follow the movement of the heart, so they can take pictures with hours of exposition with hundreds of magnifications without see the image shaken... I know that just because I was very tented to buy one of this systems, but after I realized that $5.000AU for a toy was a great waste of money... I'm trying to grow up ;)
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
Well for your part of the world we need a Canon with a water cooled fan forced sensor similar to computer components!
I'm trying to grow up so I can buy a 5D with a 24-36 or so L lens!!
$6000 or so!
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funygirl38 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful advice, helps us novice night photo takers...Fantastic shot. Looks like Australia.
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:icongodintraining:
godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007   Photographer
Yea, real Australia!!! :)
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bakkeby-photos Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
I like your comment, very informative. How long exposure is this one, it looks like the stars have moved ever so slightly.
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godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007   Photographer
30 secs... Yes, closer you are with the equator, faster the stars move. It's pretty hard in that location, just 200kms from the tropic of the Capricorn
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bakkeby-photos Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
Oh I didn't know that, but now that you say it it is easy to imagine, I'm only used to the stars of northern Norway and they don't move much at all :D
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godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007   Photographer
You are in one of the best place on the earth to take pictures of the stars mate... waiting for a masterpiece from you!!!
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bakkeby-photos Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
Heh, well, that will have to wait until winter :D Now the sun is up 24/7.
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:iconshell4art:
shell4art Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Professional Photographer
Great image and thoughtful advice.
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:icongodintraining:
godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007   Photographer
Thanks ;)
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SeaMist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
Wow...This looks all so mystical! I really like it :clap: Great work.
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shuttermonkey Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
wow great shot and the tips are really helpful
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:icongodintraining:
godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
Thank you ;) If you are going to try, let me know if I can help you more...
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shuttermonkey Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
i will :aww:
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:iconmymamiya:
mymamiya Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Way cool.
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:icongodintraining:
godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
;)
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Aymstar Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
great capture! love the stars and how the sky is slowly getting darker
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:icongodintraining:
godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
Thank you.. there was still some light after the sunset! :)
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caro77 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
That looks sooo faantastic :wow::sun::clap:
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godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
:strong:
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Akreatos Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the advise!!

This is such an awesome shot. Congrats. (:
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:icongodintraining:
godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
De nada!! ;) Let me know if you need more information
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pauluminous Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
Amaznig shot! ANd thanks for the advise! I'll def. put it to good use ;)
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:icongodintraining:
godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
That's good ;) Let me know if I can help you more!!!
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IllusiveSpatula Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
What amazing advice! That's very generous of you. :heart:

This is a spectacular photo, well done!
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godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
Thank you, and thanks for the :heart: ;)
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Th0rNe Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
i just thought my lense is idontknowwhat as i saw the stars were coloured at some of my shots. good to know why they are :)
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godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
Yea, there is so much to learn about the stars... I'm starting only now but it's fascinating, isn't it?
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Th0rNe Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007   Photographer
sure it is. unfortunately round my place there is too much light from small towns etc.
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Zoomwafflez Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
wonderful! really beautiful, and thanks for the tips!
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godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
Not a problem, this is a nice thing of a community, everyone help each other! ;)
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mahomo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
great job :D
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godintraining Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
;)
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Pete-EOS Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
A fantastic capture, love the way the sky goes from blue to black, with the rock glowing away..
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