Image taken Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Posted Saturday, March 10, 2012
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Beachmere, Moreton Bay Region, Qld
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Same spot as last photo. Out of 150 photos (30" exposures, no delay between each exposure), only the first 15 and last 19 shots + darkframe were usable. The middle 116 photos had too many clouds and couldn't be used.

Effectively you could consider this to be a 19 shot startrail, because there was such a big gap between the two sets that they are not connected at all.

These were assembled in StarStax, which seems to be more advanced than the Startrails program I was using before. Same result though for this application. I did use a darkshot this time (30" exposure with lens cap on) to remove noise - it was super effective.

(Recap: Mr Alan Warren invited me along to a gathering of photographers at Beachmere (waaay, waaay away). The shoot started at 3pm but I couldn't break away from home until 8pm and I arrived there at 10pm. Alan came to meet me - I thought it was just at the beach, but it turned out to be a 10 minute walk over beach, mangroves and a wade across a creek!

Once there, most of the other photographers were packing up to head home. Alan and Mick stuck around and we took a few more shots.)

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II @ 18mm
Exposure: 1020" @ f/8, ISO 800 (Exposure stack of 34 x 30)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. After seeing Mick Porter's winning shot of the night, I upped the temperature on mine slightly. I had less to work with, but I think it adds something (Temperature +2)
  2. Exposure +0.7 stops, shadows -100, whites +15, blacks +75, clarity +50
  3. Noise reduction: Luminance +30
  4. ACR lens correction for EF-S 18-55mm II
  5. Slight rotation to set the horizon level

The wash-up:

It's a shame that the clouds came over, but it was too late to stick around for another hour - plus I needed Alan and Mick's help to get back to the carpark!

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