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Not a star trail, but created using the same tools. This is 198 images stacked together in lighten mode.
It helps to correctly determine the direction of cloud motion, here the clouds were drifting toward me and overhead.
I was hoping to collect photos for a timestack, but conditions were not ideal. Had to “settle” for this.
The Advanced Stacker PLUS can be used for much more than Star Trails. This is a Matt Molloy inspired stack of exposures during sunset stacked using Long Streaks mode. If you want to get a copy of the Photoshop plugin see http://advancedstackerplus.com
Look carefully and you’ll see how I suffered from not having my intervalometer handy.
This is about 100 shots taken at 10 second intervals. All were f/11 ISO 160, 1/160th of a second.
Over the next day or two we’ll be posting 3 images from this location. This is the “Vanilla” view - that is, straight up normal image. Later that evening we grabbed a shot in the opposite direction and I will post that next. Finally I’ll post a shot that Matt Molloy calls a “TimeStack” showing the cloud movement here.
Living in the San Francisco Bay Area we seldom get much in the way of interesting clouds. The weather options are generally “blue” or “fog”
This view is of the Marina Park in Alviso.
Out Darn Spots – Cropping
Beware cropping too soon. It is an easy way to get rid of problematic areas of the frame, but might bite back!
One obvious way to remove encumbrances is to crop them out. As tempting as it seems to crop the photo first, we generally leave cropping to the end of the effort for several reasons which we enumerate here:
- Sometimes clients (i.e. you) want an image in a…
My friend and co-conspirator in StarCircleAcademy,Eric Harness, was the first to make a meal of this lovely place (https://www.flickr.com/photos/27306359@N07/4686956007/)
I gave it a shot at the same time Eric did, but Eric’s light painting was superb… mine… not so much. In the years since Eric shot this, I’ve vastly improved my light painting skills AND have been using a better light. What light? Hang on, that’s not the important part!
Since Eric did this, I’ve seen others make lovely images here, including my friend Jim Patterson.
Where is this? Alabama Hills at the foot of Mount Whitney near Lone Pine, California. The motivated will be able to find it but it does take some hiking!
About that light… I’m using a Halogen light which has a nice warm tone. The warm tone of the light is important, but more important is the HOW: http://starcircleacademy.com/2012/09/lightpainting-101
Our 14e release is imminent. But after looking at our survey results and the most recently reported issues, we thought it wise to provide some hints to help you use the current software and to help you understand tradeoffs we made.
Our most commonly reported issue is something we struggled with. In an attempt to help users understand features we caused confusion. What are we talking…
A topic that comes up a lot is discussion about what makes a good astronomy helper application. Whenever we suggest purchasing a paper Planisphere our critics remind us that they are not necessary because “there is a great app” to do that.
We take exception to the “there is an app for that” assertion… but perhaps not for the obvious reason. In fact we DO use several apps for forecasting and…
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