Night Sky Over Country House

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    As seen on my blog.

    Please view this image at full size to see the stars properly.

    Camera: Canon 350D
    Lens: Sigma 8mm f4 fisheye
    Settings: 27sec @f4.0 ISO1600
    Canon 580EX flash fired bare by hand half a dozen times along the front of the house and up the tree during the exposure.
    Processing: Lightroom 2, mostly to increase contrast, tweak exposure and reduce noise.

    By the way, the bright spot in the middle there is the planet Jupiter.

    thatsmeinsocal, Chris Frear, and 35 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. thatsmeinsocal 68 months ago | reply

      Details! What camera, what lens, what exposure? This is excellent!

    2. neilcreek 68 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your comment :) I've updated the description of the photo with details of how it was taken.

    3. Chris Frear 68 months ago | reply

      just caught my attention, I love it.

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    5. Paula Mia 68 months ago | reply

      Wow!!! how awesome. Love the stars.

    6. Greg Bishop 68 months ago | reply

      I am a sucker for pictures of the night sky. This one is quite impressive. Great exposure.

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    7. thatsmeinsocal 68 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the info! How do you avoid star trails in the longer exposures? Are you tracking the movement of the stars with a motorized, aligned mount? I get small star trails after only about 15 seconds. Perhaps my cheap tripod is simply slipping.

      Again... a very compelling shot!

    8. eastpole 68 months ago | reply

      Neil, great shot! So nice to see the Milky Way in full glory thanks to your dark sky. Well captured and the off-camera flash work is quite tastefully done.

      Not to jump in, ThatsMeInSoCal, but I think Neil can get away with a longer expsosure than you because of the fisheye lens. Shorter focal lengths mean you can let the sky turn more before a star smears across several pixels.

      Also, you might well see a bit of trailing on the full resolution image -- even the lowest res Neil's 350D will shoot is still much more than you are seeing here, so if the stars trailed a bit, no harm done in the final image.

      Lastly, do you have a cable or wireless remote for your shutter? I used to get little wobbly stars because the pressure of my finger on the shutter release would shake the camera slightly on the tripod. Once I figured this out I used the auto-timer; then I got a remote release.

    9. BADRS 68 months ago | reply

      amazing shot. Bravo

    10. thatsmeinsocal 68 months ago | reply

      Eastpole, thank you! I just purchased the Tamron 17-50 lens along with a wireless shutter release. I love the lens right off, but our skys were too hazy to try any astrophotography. I can't wait to get out there and snap some great nighttime vistas. You're correct about wobbly tripods. I anticipate much better shots with minimal trailing very soon. Thanks again for the advice. ~Jon

    11. e.celesti 68 months ago | reply

      This combination of wide angle + night shot is realy effective. Beautiful.

    12. John Adkins II 68 months ago | reply

      Fantastic!!!! I love the composition and the fisheye, really adds interest! Great shot!

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    13. noahmbennett 68 months ago | reply

      Wow. There must be close to 0 ambient near that house. Nice capture.

    14. Parker Miles Blohm 64 months ago | reply

      this is incredible!!!! do you like your sigma fisheye im torn between that and the canon fisheye.

    15. neilcreek 64 months ago | reply

      LOVE my Sigma fisheye. I have no experience with the Canon, but among the panorama community (one of the uses for a fisheye) the Sigma is very popular and highly thought of. Here's some links to my love of and use of the Sigma fisheye:

      On Digital Photogrpahy School: 15 Fun Fabulous Fisheye Photos
      On my blog: Fisheye keyword

      Let me know if you have any questions! Or you could message me on Twitter @neilcreek

    16. *vlad* 62 months ago | reply

      this is awesome

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