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March 2, 2008
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Focal Length
18 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 6, 2008, 9:19:15 PM
Bright Night by tendence Bright Night by tendence
The Sky in the Southern Hemisphere, especially at a place like where I've been, far away from bright lights, is amazing by night.
Of course, I took many photos, and I think this one is the best.
Took me a lot of tries, experimenting.

ISO: 100
1h 26 min Exposure Time

hope you like it

As some people asked how I did this, here the explanation of this technique... (I'm not an expert in it ;) ).
What you need is a tripod, a remote control with snap in/lock function (don't know the correct word, it means, that you activate it and it keeps locked).
what would be good is a cold winter night, no humidity. go as far away from any light sources as possible (for this picture, I was 50km away from the neares city and you still see the light pollution).

If you work with a foreground, i suggest you to go to the scene during daylight to focus... can be difficult when its dark.
With canon cameras (don't know whether nikon/sony/... have this), turn on noise suspression for long exposures in the individual settings menu. you should also work on ISO 100, because it will even then be very noisy...
Chose "m" for manual settings.
as you work with ISO 100, and when its really dark, you should work with f/8 ish (max. ) to f/3.5 or how big you can get it... then, turn your exposure time as long until "bulb" appears (one step after 30" with most canon cameras).
attach the remote control, check one last time, and click'n'lock.
leave it for about 1-2 hours :).
keep in mind that you should charge your battery first.

after this time, you can get your camera back, make sure you don't turn it off when it's in 'busy' mode...

after another hour or so, the picture is finished.
it will be noisy and quite red'ish.

take it to photoshop, kick out the noise and correct some colors.
or dont... whatever...

i'm not an expert when it comes to stars, so i cant tell you where you have to aim when you want to catch the center of rotation, like here... just try out a couple of times.

hope i could help some of you.
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Warrior35 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Awesome shot! :)
BokkoIBZ Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great pic and description, that really helps out!

Last night i was taking my first night photos and find that get the correct focus was a real problem.

I'll take all your suggests next time i'm out to take new pics, thanks a lot.

(i apologize for my imperfect english).
gold-rose Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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bhobie123 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool, and pretty!
GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, this is amazing. I visited this one place in Australia (I think) and you could see literally millions of stars. A delightful contrast to living in cities with polluted skies...
Danutza88 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!:wave: You've been featured here: [link]
OneLessPerson Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
is there a name for these type of pictures?
thriftyredhead Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So, you got to the spot when it was daylight so you could focus? That seems like a good idea. :) I tried doing this tonight without a foreground. I tried just aiming at the sky and it just didn't turn out. How did you get the photo so clear. Even with a tripod mine seemed to be very blurry.
stefmixo Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
I've been told that very long exposures like this are not safe for the camera because the sensor gets hot by working too long,and it can be damaged by heat, at least in the oldest cameras (my 300D, your 350D ...). I have another technique, set it to 30s instead of bulb, then put all the (lots) images together (with a free software called Startrails)
The results are more than ok, look at the ones I did, in my gallery. ;-) :thumbsup:
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