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It has been a long road down this star trail...

I've spent the last three weeks re-processing my keeper star photos. Man-o-man, it's been a looooong ordeal!


Alot of photos I originally edited on low-res quality because it was faster on my laptop, and I was in a rush to edit and post- not thinking I'd be selling prints in the future. So, at least 50% I had to start fresh with RAW files. A few I don't have the RAW files, and many my editing process has changed so dynamically that it is worth the effort to start over from scratch. But, now, I've got print worthy files of just about all of these. And, just as important, I have it all tidied up to be backed up on second external hard drive tonight. That alone is worth the effort to know that a failed hard drive won't be a disaster any longer.


Thanks guys for all of your feedback and encouragement. Flickr has been my main venue of sharing my photography and also bettering myself learning from others.


My first star shot was in August of '09. Since then, I believe I've shot between 7500-10,000 star images. Which isn't much in the realm of photography, but when you consider each one is an average of 25 seconds, with many being 2-10 minutes, and then all the down time in between each shot, that history of clicks represents an insane amount of nights not in my bed out under the stars with a camera.


If you happen to be interested in buying a print, send me a message and I'll get back to you with prices. Also, I am seriously thinking about doing some classes/workshops this year. I'll post more about that in the upcoming pics.


Thanks again everyone. Flickr is a hell of a community- and it is what it is because of each one of us doing what we do.



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Taken on February 17, 2011