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Frozen Vortex by anonymous66 Frozen Vortex by anonymous66
What a difference time makes...

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roughly 30 minutes at f/6.7

Temperature outside was -5 degrees farenheit (-20 Celsius).
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:iconxordinary1998:
XOrdinary1998 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is AWESOME! How'd you do that?
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photons-N-parsecs Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Two thumbs up just for braving the cold! Another two thumbs up for an excellent photo! :D No, I don't have four thumbs but you deserve it lol

You got Polaris dead center--nice work! I've seen a lot of attempts like this, but Polaris ended up having a trail too.
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TrealAirBorne Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
Know that´s a cool way to explain that the world rotate on it´s own HAHA
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flyboy18 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008   Photographer
gotta love the cold.
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Vonawes Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
What makes this so great is the light upon the trees. It gives this that added power, if it really needed it in the first place. Outstanding job and stay warm.
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veedub57 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007
Awesome! I love star trails. Was this taken in AK or MN? curious if you have to be closer to one of the poles (north pole or south pole) for those star trail pics to turn out? :+fav:
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photons-N-parsecs Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I think star trails can appear anywhere as long as you are in a dark enough location? I live in a rural area in central IL and the stars are pretty bright here at night.
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anonymous66 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007  Professional Photographer
Alaska. Danke
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JVphotography Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006
what did you do to keep the rig from fogging up?
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JVphotography Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
oh yea, :+fav:
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JVphotography Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
Awesome! i just tried one of these myself, i know what you mean about the cold temps.
So 30min huh? How did you find the middle of the axis?

Starlight
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Dr1Ku Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, a n00b in astrophotography would like to ask you something : 30 minutes exposure-how? And how come the spiral occured, was it because of the star movement ? Lastly, what is a image stacker and why is it used ?

Sorry if my questions are basic as hell :) This piece is gorgeous, :+fav: is a must, keep up the excellent work !
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RicardoEstrada Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2006  Professional Photographer
very nice
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naiveamoeba Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
Was this taken in England? I don't think I'd be able to take astrophotographs because of the smog over manchester. Also, did you use some hardcore ND filters to stop it from over exposing? I mean.. christ. 30 minutes?
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006
brilliant shot.

Did you paint the trees with light/torch in this image, or is it just ambiant light that has been picked up?
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MeltedGFX Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
Great work! :+fav:
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:iconsofi:
sofi Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
Beautifully frozen in time.
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:iconknarstock:
Knarstock Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
It's almost intimidating.
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Meneerofongeveer Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
Wauw, that's great.
It really pulls you in!
Mind if I ask what ISO you used?
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TRBPhotographyLLC Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006  Professional Photographer
Very nice!!!
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spence137 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
Wow!

Very inventive!
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:iconbiasasaja:
biasasaja Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
nice shot !! :)

btw, got sum question, with that extra long exposure, will it damage the sensor if i use a DSLR ?
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LST-IDNTY Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006
Awesome. As a newbee what I can't understand is how you kept the image so dark considering that your exposure was so long!!! How do you guys do this???
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cegli Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2006   Photographer
what was the exposure time ? picture is beautiful :)
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Sparkamatch Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2005
wow this is truely beautiful
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:iconjyrno:
jyrno Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2005
Great photo
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erwanbreizh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
That to say in front of a so beautiful picture!
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s15jesusfreak Featured By Owner May 25, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
i've actually already commented on this but i wanted to ask you how you knew where the center of the circle was going to be. Did you know or did you have to research it?
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Meaner Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005   Photographer
You chose a fantastic foreground setting for this photo! Well done! :D
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anlis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2005
you amaze me with these shots.....:wow:
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whiteflag Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2005   Photographer
o___o wow.
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scoota269 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
That effect is damn sexy! :#1:
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vividlilac Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005
Wow Nick! You already have quite a few comments, so nothing I can really say is new, but just to let you know, I think this is great! :)
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TerrorCookie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2005
Wow, that is so amazing. :omfg:

Great work. :clap:
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ArtFreek Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2005
:wow: An amazing shot!!! It was definately worth the time and cold. I'd never have the patience. I have to :+fav: it. Great job
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elementality Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2005  Professional Photographer
Stunning photo as all your work is.... you really have to teach me how to do proper star trails with the D70, im struggling abit lol
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anonymous66 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2005  Professional Photographer
Sturdy tripod, remote, wide aperture, and time :) .
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elementality Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2005  Professional Photographer
Yea ill have to get a remote... at the moment im using a rubber band and a blob of blue tac lol. My battery gets drained quite alot too when im doing long exposure with the d70 :hmm:
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KylieKeene Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2005  Professional Photographer
Very beautiful work, you have really inspired me to try this.. I've taken notes on all your replies and if you have any other tips for a beginner at this let me know. I use a Canon EOS300D, I'm still learning with it.

I love the feeling it gives of spinning around in circles, makes me feel like a child looking up into the night sky making myself dizzy.
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anonymous66 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2005  Professional Photographer
There isn't anything else that I can think of. Just experiment a lot and I am sure you will find that this type of night photography is easy.
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saint-tpai Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
wow...again a great shot. not only does the sky look amazing, but the trees do too :clap:
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anjules Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005  Professional Photographer
Wonderful! I've been wanting to try these shots myself for a while, but need a remote first....

I notice the centre star is perfectly still - I take it you used a marker star to find the north pole?

Very well done - a definite fav.
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p1ddy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
:wow: amazing photograph. that's surely a boards-of-canada shot. I absolutely enjoy the perspective and the highlighted trees.
the center of the star swirl looks awesome. you can sense something more than human beyond this sky... I'm impressed.
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moonlighttears Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
Absolutly Amazing! I have no words... conglatulations for this excelent capture! :clap:
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hyadespleides Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
was there a meteor shower that time?
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paulmp Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005  Professional Photographer
awesome shot, this is defintely on the cards for me, I've got to get a better tripod though. Any tips on long exposures like this?

- paul -
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anonymous66 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005  Professional Photographer
Make sure to frame the picture so that it will have good composition and use a wide aperture. Make sure that you have a cable release or a remote to, so that you can set your camera to BULB (if you have an SLR). Take a compass with you or figure out where Polaris (North Star) is and aim your camera towards it. You can expose anywhere from 15 minutes to 8 hours depending on what aperture you use and the amount of light outside.
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paulmp Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005  Professional Photographer
I'm in australia, I'm not sure if we get the north star down here.. but thanks for the rest of the tips.

- paul -
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peitxon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
is this digital photography? I've been having some problems with long exposures like this using my 300D...a lot of noise. can you give me some tips?
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anonymous66 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005  Professional Photographer
Download neat image .
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