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Offline hotelfive

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Algonquin Stars
« on: November 24, 2016, 10:27:14 pm »
Can't wait to get out and do some more night photography under a clear sky!  Those cold nights sure make for some nice stars :)  This was up in Algonquin Park a couple years back...




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Re: Algonquin Stars
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2016, 08:11:31 am »
Whenever I go wilderness camping I am shocked at how bright the stars are.  You almost need sunglasses...

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Re: Algonquin Stars
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2016, 08:53:27 am »
Wow! Those are amazing photos!

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Re: Algonquin Stars
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2016, 10:04:17 am »
Awesome photos! Yeah Algonquin can have wicked dark nights good for star viewing.

I am curious, what is the orange light on the horizon in the second image?

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Re: Algonquin Stars
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2016, 06:30:06 pm »
Thanks guys!  In regards to the orange light...That was taken on Lake of Two Rivers near the picnic grounds so I'm assuming that the orange light might be light pollution from Huntsville area?  I'm not totally sure....

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Re: Algonquin Stars
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2016, 02:28:35 pm »
Absolutely beautiful.  Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us.

Until next time...be well.

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Re: Algonquin Stars
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2016, 04:11:53 pm »
Stephen, love your pictures ( googled bunch of them)
 how do you keep your battery packs warm?
I do understand you do some cold camping too

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Re: Algonquin Stars
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2016, 08:17:06 pm »
Thanks so much guys :)  In regards to the battery packs, I make sure I keep them in an interior pocket when not using them and swap them out (I have 2 batteries for each camera) when I'm shooting if the one starts to drain.  It can be a real challenge on multi-day back country trips though...I try to make sure I get the shots I really want in the first few days in case they drain right out...

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Re: Algonquin Stars
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2016, 02:16:35 pm »
thanks hotelfive.

Its crazy how much snow can reflect light into the sky during the winter.

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Re: Algonquin Stars
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2016, 05:51:19 pm »
Great photos.

Okay, I give up.

How did you pull off picture #2, the one without star trails. In order to pick up that much star detail, that has to be a fairly long exposure.

Celestial photographers use a clock drive that moves with the stars. If you did that, the trees would be blurred as the camera would be moving.

Did you super impose one photo on another?
I love winter......I don't look fat in wool!

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Re: Algonquin Stars
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2016, 07:03:30 pm »
Thanks awbrown...t was actually only a single 20 second exposure.  The "500 rule" outlines a shutter speed of 20 seconds for my full frame camera and 24-70mm lens (at 24mm) to ensure that there is no movement in the stars (anything longer than that and you'd start to see star trails, making the stars look a bit less crisp).  So to compensate for the short shutter speed I had to crank up the ISO.  I'll have to check what it was but I think it was at least 6400.  If you look closely there's a fair bit of noise in the image.  I'm just learning about a way to stack your star shots with shorter shutter speeds but high ISO's in a way that pretty much eliminates noise in the image..I haven't tried it yet as it's a bit confusing to me, but I hope to play around this winter...

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Re: Algonquin Stars
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Re: Algonquin Stars
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2017, 11:29:30 am »
Thanks APPaul, good eye!  Ontario Parks recently purchased a few images off me so I didn't even know they were up and out there :)