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Canon
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Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
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5208/1 second
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F/3.5
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18 mm
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100
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Jan 6, 2008, 9:19:15 PM
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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
f/3.5
1h 26 min Exposure Time

hope you like it
cheers

EDIT:
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! :)
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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).
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gold-rose Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work is featured here: [link]
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bhobie123 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
:thumbsup::thumbsup:
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool, and pretty!
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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...
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Danutza88 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!:wave: You've been featured here: [link]
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OneLessPerson Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
is there a name for these type of pictures?
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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.
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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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cez4r Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Sry my bad :P featured [link]
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cez4r Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
featured [link] :aww:
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ShadowofGod21 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
not sure if anyone else mentioned this in the comments... but...
for those in the northern hemisphere: the best way to get a star rotation picture (assuming you want one star to stay in place and the others to appear to spin, if not then it really doesn't matter where you aim your camera! :) ) is to aim your camera at Polaris (the north star).
for those in the trick southern hemisphere:"it's first necessary to find south. The Southern Cross can be used for this purpose. The northern most and southern most stars in this 4 star constellation points toward the South Pole. To zero in on the actual location of the spot above the South Pole, a line can be drawn from the first order magnitude star, Canopus, to the line extending south from the Southern Cross. Canopus can be found to the lower right or southeast of the Southern Cross and is about the same distance to the pole as is the cross. These two lines intersect at an approximately 90 degree angle (right angle) and fairly close to the South Pole. "
( info from here: [link])

good luck and have fun everyone! <3
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greygander Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
where you from, where was this taken?
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:icontendence:
tendence Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
namibia
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greygander Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
MINDBLASTING btw.

still want to know where u from!
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My-18 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Thats a great shot, my camera only does 30 seconds MAX. So it wouldnt work nearly as good as this :(

But great shot :clap:
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PancakeOnBread Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Fantastic photo and it was very informative! Thank you very much for sharing. I'll have to try my hand at it one night.
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SunsetSam Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
I have featured this photo in [link]
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tendence Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks a lot
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will-jum Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Hi i've featured this picture a news article [link]
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The-Avel-Fairy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
You have been featured in this news article [link]

:D
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siriusasthma Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
nice work
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tendence Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks
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:iconron-vargas:
ron-vargas Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Wow man! this is incredible!
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:icontendence:
tendence Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks
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mangagirl345 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
holy crap! ive only seen this on moonphase
and i thought this wasnt possibile
but WOW im aw sruck!
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troubleacm Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
just got remote control yestarday now all i need is some extra time fully charged batteries an patience hueh... btw your pic came out very nice
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:icontendence:
tendence Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks.

good luck :)
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kieranedling Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
this is the best image of its kind on DA.
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:icontendence:
tendence Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
really? thanks!
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farinresturlaub Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
hey jo. hab ma ne frage.

in welcher himmelsrichtung liegtn dieses rotationszentrum? (falls du das noch weißt)

ich würde es ja irgendwie mir der erdachse in verbindung setzen wollen, checks aber nich ganz.
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:icontendence:
tendence Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
war auf der südlichen hemisphäre, also war das genau der süden.

bei uns ists der norden :)
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farinresturlaub Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
ouhman. die sterne beim bewegen (bzw. die erde beim drehen) fotografiert.

hach cool. fave babe ;D
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:icontendence:
tendence Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
danke
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xmanal Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
A stunning shot
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:icontendence:
tendence Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks :)
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plbeaulieu Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
very great shot ! it's a lot of work !! :+fav:
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:icontendence:
tendence Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
well... not really a lot of work, but it requires a lot of time and some coffee to not fall asleep :D

thanks
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pencilhappy Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
freaking lovely
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JessicaBader Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008   Photographer
was muss ich eigentlich bei meiner cam einstellen um so ein bild zu machen?
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:icontendence:
tendence Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
manueller modus und dann einfach belichtungszeit so lange hochschrauben, bis (nach 30" meistens) "bulb" steht.

dann am besten kabelfernbedienung anschliessen, abdrücken und einrasten... wenn fertig, "ausrasten", also auslöser loslassen und warten bis das bild berechnet ist
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:iconjessicabader:
JessicaBader Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008   Photographer
ahjo, was mach ich wenn ich keine kabelfernbedienung hab? selbstauslöser?
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:icontendence:
tendence Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
mmmh der nützt dir da nix... buld bedeutet ja, dass solange belichtet wird, wie du den auslöser drückst... die einzige möglichkeit, ohne fernbedienung, ist also, den finger wirklich immer auf dem auslöser gedrückt zu halten.
das ist nicht nur sehr anstrengend, sondern wird s bild auch 99% sicher unscharf.

das gute ist, dass die fernbedienungen wirklich sehr günstig sind, und auch sonst bei landschaftsfotografie sehr zu empfehlen sind (schärfe) (kein selbstauslöser mehr nötig :) ).

ich weiss nicht ob kabellose fernbedienungen auch ne einrastfunktion haben, deshalb schrieb ich kabel
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JessicaBader Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008   Photographer
achso, deswegen die fernbedienung, alles klar, danke. :)
und noch ne frage: umso mehr man "auslöst" wirds also auch heller?
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tendence Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
genau... ganz normal, halt belichtungszeit... wenns dunkler ist, muss man länger belichten (oder iso hoch oder blende grösser)...
zudem (bei sternfotografie), je länger man fotografiert, desto länger sind die "linien".

probiersts ma aus? will dann ergebnis sehn :)
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:iconjessicabader:
JessicaBader Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008   Photographer
ja am wochenende, wenn man wieder aufm land is ^^
inner stadt isses da blöd ^^
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:icontendence:
tendence Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
mmmh...

da is was wahres dran :D

viel spass
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hyde-can-design Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
Love it. Great job. I am about to do some more myself. I did a roll of Kodachrome over the summer shooting star spin.
Great shot.
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tendence Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks a lot, glad you like it :)
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