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Racing Stars
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Image by Andrew Stawarz
Take two at filling this in with the whole commentary as for some reason the original disappeared Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

I have been itching to do a star trail picture for a long while and on Monday night decided to head out to Rougham Control Tower (Google Map) on a cold frosty night with aching stomach.

The set up to do this picture was as follows:

1. Camera firmly mounted on a weighted tripod. With a hot shoe spirit level ensured the camera was horizontally level. With a compass and locating the great bear ensured that camera was pointing due north towards the pole star (to obtain the circle of stars).

2. The camera, a Nikon D300, was set to manual mode, 30 second exposure, aperture wide open on the Sigma 10-20 at f/4, focal length of 10mm, manually focused to infinity and the ISO adjusted with a number of test shots until the stars would appreciably show, in this case ISO 800 (owing to the background light off nearby Bury St Edmunds and Moreton Hall). Continuous shooting mode was enabled with 100 exposures maximum batch limit. The white balance was set to Daylight.

3. Using a wired remote release the shutter was triggered and the remote release locked down. The camera will now continuously take 30 second exposures (long enough to register the stars but short enough not the significantly register the foreground and back lighting) automatically for 100 exposures.

4. Then I sat on my Karrimat with hot coffee and listened to the latest from Scott and the crew on TWiP on the iPod whilst I watched the frost build up on the grass and the stars whiz over.

5. 10 minutes in and a Muntjac deer came barrelling through a hedge and across the grass till it bounced off the tripod and me. So after some cursing, realignment and brushing myself down, I started again.

6. After the 100 initial exposures, the camera was set to f8 and focus to hyperfocal distance so that I can take one image where I light painted the control tower with a 3W LED torch (using day light white balance appeared accurate whilst giving a gentle glow to the background light in the distance).

7. Finally 1 last image was taken with the lens cap on as a dark frame for later noise assessment during post processing.

8. So after 102 images, feeling very cold and the imodium wearing off, I headed back home after completing the tedious part.

Now for the post-processing.

1. This could have been done by loading the stack of images into Photoshop and use "lighten" blending but the memory requirement would have been horrific with full size 12.3MP camera images.

2. Instead I used an application called Startrails to do the blending. The 100 normal images plus the light painted one was selected for the blending and the single dark frame one. As noise wasn’t too bad for the camera a single dark frame was ok. Otherwise 3 dark frame could be used taken every 33 images just in case there is any variance. The images where blended and the result saved as a TIFF. The application can do a video of the star movement but didn’t seemed to work on any of my Vista PCs.

3. The TIFF file was then imported and converted to DNG into Adobe Lightroom where a little curve work was applied to improve contrast, some luminance and saturation of colours and final output sharpening on export for the image posted here.

So the lessons learnt from this exercise were:

1. Bring a hat and gloves, it was freezing at ground level.

2. Find a location with less background light.

3. Bring more hot coffee.

All an in a very pleasing first attempt at doing star trails and surely try this again using other buildings.

Update: Looked again at using Photoshop CS3 Extended to do the merge of all 101 pictures (not including the dark frame). Easiest method is to use the Analysis script in the file menu, then browse and add all the images you wish to include, set the analysis method to "Maximum" and away you go. Let the PC chug away and after over an hour you end up with a 22GB temporary Photoshop file and a very large smart object which you should then flatten to a layer for final tweaking.

Comparing the results, the Photoshop version was a little cleaner but Startrails only took 5 minutes to produce the combined images with little memory and temporary file overheads. However if a few number of much longer exposures was used then I’d probably recommend the Photoshop Analysis script approach.

Used in TradeKing Big Dog blog’s blog article Friday Community shout-out!.

Featured in Digital Photography Schools blog articleLong Exposure Photography: 15 Stunning Examples.

Reported in Curious? Read’s article Long Exposure Photography: 15 Stunning Examples.

Can be found in JASON – HOUSE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY’s blog article Fantastic long exposure photos.

Used in The Brown Study blog 2008 Retrospective.

Featured in TheFutureBuzz’s article50 Inspirational Images From Flickr Under Creative Commons.

Featured in’s feature Star Trails: 10 Impressive Photographs.

Featured in the "i tell stories" aricle On Creation: A Quarterly Report – A commitment to learning.

Featured in the WebUrbanist’s article 12 Long-Exposure & Time-Lapse Photographers.

Featured in Mr. Topp and the Big Bad Blog’s article The morning coffee is all knowing and evil.

Featured in the Slog article Sideral.

Featured in Photography Inspiration.

Used in the Clyde Street blog article 090507 Public Sphere Discussions, Canberra

Used in the Environmental Graffiti article Star Trails: Secret Paintings of the Night Sky.

Featured in Photo Mine.

Featured in Photo Tuts+ piece 50 Captivating Slow Shutter Speed Photos.

Featured in Smash!ng Apps piece 45 Breathtaking Examples of Slow Shutter Speed Photography.

A Light For Others
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Image by
~ 26.12.14 ~
"A Light For Others"
It is the day after Christmas; the day after time with loved ones and family; the day after love and laughter as our bellies groan with all the good food and drink, and gifts have been exchanged. Somewhere along the drive from the city into the country I thought about the family and friends of Philip Hughes, an Australian cricketer and Tori Hughes, the Lindt Cafe manager in Martin Place who made several heroic attempts resulting in more lives saved than lost. Both men were in the prime of their lives. One death was the result of a freak cricket accident and the other as he tried to overcome the armed mad man turned hostage-taker. I think of their loved ones as they have had to say "farewell" to these men so near Christmas. There are many other people who will be spending their first Christmas with someone important missing. It is not easy for those left behind. I would think it near impossible to fill a gaping hole so quickly. I think of them as a reminder as to why I have to be grateful every single day. There are many people who have a dark and heavy heart at this time of the year. So I take a moment to think and hold a light up for them because eventually the light will return for them. I hope you will take a moment too.

Procamera 8
Stackables App (testing Stackables 3 Beta

I love flickr – I love Flickr Day – January 5, 2014
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Image by Daniel Mennerich

Please join the campaign, if you do not like the proposed new flickr layout.
Please download this picture and upload it to your stream on Sunday, January 5, 2014. You can also make your own picture with the text as seen in this picture ( or of similar nature, but make sure to emphasize the boycott ), in any language of your choice. Please circulate it and remember to upload it on Sunday, January 5, 2014 ( or before, if you know you’ll be away on January 5 )

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Français :

J’aime Flickr
J’aime Flickr jour – 5 janvier 2014
Les changements proposés vont ruiner Flickr.
Si la nouvelle photo expérience de est mis en œuvre sans option, je vais déciderai à boycotter et appel également tous mes amis et les famille à boycotter toutes les marques / produits qui affichent des publicités sur Yahoo.

Deutsch :

Ich liebe Flickr !

Ich liebe Flickr -Tag am 5. Januar 2014
Die geplanten Änderungen werden Flickr ruinieren.
Wenn die neue Gestaltung von Flickr ohne Wahlmöglichkeit verpflichtend eingeführt wird, werde ich boykottieren und an alle meine Freunde, Kontakte und Familienmtglieder appelieren, in Zukunft alle Marken/Produkte zu boykottieren, die bei Yahoo werben.

Ich liebe Flickr
Ich liebe Flickr Tag – 5 Januar 2014

Die vorgeschlagenen Änderungen werden ruinieren Flickr.
Wenn das neue Foto-Erlebnis ohne Option implementiert ist, wird ich entscheiden, zu boykottieren und auch appelliere, alle meine Freunde und Familie zum Boykott alle Marken / Produkte, die auf Yahoo Werbung anzuzeigen.



Αγαπώ το Flickr.
Υποστηρίζω την Hμέρα για το Flickr της 5ης Ιανουαρίου 2014.
Οι προτεινόμενες αλλαγές πρόκειται να καταστρέψουν το Flickr.
Εάν η νέα παρουσίαση/εμπειρία εφαρμοστεί χωρίς να δίνεται η
δυνατότητα εναλλακτικής επιλογής, θα αποφασίσω να μποϊκοτάρω
όλες τις μάρκες / προϊόντα που εμφανίζουν διαφημίσεις στη Yahoo
και θα καλέσω τους φίλους και την οικογένειά μου να πράξουν το ίδιο



Che amo Flickr
Amo giorno Flickr – 5 GENNAIO 2014
Le modifiche proposte will rovinare Flickr .
Se la nuova esperienza foto è attuato senza l’opzione , deciderò di boicottare e chiamare anche tutti i miei amici e la famiglia di boicottare tutti i marchi / prodotti che visualizzano gli annunci su Yahoo .



Eu amo Flickr
Eu amo Flickr dia – 05 de janeiro de 2014
As alterações propostas vai estragar Flickr.
Se a nova experiência foto é implementado sem uma opção, vou vai decidir boicotar e também chamar todos os meus amigos e família para boicotar todas as marcas / produtos que exibem anúncios no Yahoo.


Español – apelación

Por favor únase a la campaña, si no te gusta el diseño de la nueva propuesta flickr.
Descargue la imagen y subirla a su galeria el domingo 5 de enero de 2014. Usted puede hacer su propia imagen tambien con el texto como se ve en esta imagen (o de naturaleza similar, el objetivo de hacer un uso Seguro enfatizar el boicot), en cualquier idioma de su elección. Ejemplo si la nueva experiencia fotográfica se realiza sin opcion , voy a decidir boicotear y también llamar a todos mis amigos y familiares a boicotear todas las marcas / productos que muestran anuncios en Yahoo .
Por favor, distribuirlo y recordar a subirlo a Domingo, 05 de enero 2014 (o antes, si usted sabe que va a estar fuera el 5 de enero)

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Beta is a test preview of the change that is getting ready to be implemented soon. It can be for a limited group of flickr members, intended to seek feedback and correct faults ( if any), before it is made public.
Change is good and public has always welcomed good changes. The preference for Windows XP by most people even after the introduction of Vista is a classic example of public acceptance. The public liked and preferred the predecessor ( Windows XP ) and the follower ( Windows 7 and Windows 8 ) versions of Vista. A change is good and often gladly welcomed by public, if it provides more utilities and user friendliness, without depriving even a single advantage of the predecessor.
The Beta version is unacceptable to the majority of Flickr users* ( who happened to experience it ) , because it’s not user friendly and has only disadvantages to mention. *Please check the Beta feedback : Completed / Top ideas / Hot ideas

The layout itself is a disaster. Please check : Try our new photo experience beta / Comment box
However they try, it’s quite evident that it’s impossible to provide more space for descriptions, comment box, and comments; not to mention comments with pictures , group invites / awards. The more they try to fix it, the more cumbersome it becomes. The buddy icons now appear as dots making the page more unaesthetic than what you see in the earlier pictures of beta . They are desperately trying to make it appealing and user friendly, which is literally impossible with the proposed layout .
It’s a big challenge for the programmers to try find means to provide more space in a vertical column which is already cramped.
Is it possible to make a rugby stadium inside a 100 square feet ground ?

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