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Friday, January 06, 2006

Starry Starry Night

Nikon D70 @ 18mm, 583 secs, f/5, ISO 200

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Sorry about the slow update, but I've been tinkering about with the design of the site. I want to try and get some more consistency back with the format.

This one was taken over new year while I was away. I know I said I was going to Berwick, but it was nearer Eyemouth, so I was actually still in Scotland. We stayed in a cottage in a fairly remote area and so there was very little light pollution from the surrounding areas. On one of my coal trips outside I noticed that the sky was completely clear - no clouds at all - and the stars were absolutely amazing. I don't think I've ever seen the stars so bright, or so many of them for that matter - there were simply thousands of them. Really, everywhere you looked the sky was packed full of them.

So I could hardly pass up this opportunity! Got the thermals on and headed out. Naturally the clouds started to come out just as I was getting my compositions right, but I was still very pleased with this one. It was actually the last shot I took before my battery died - I've really got to get some replacement batteries for these long exposures in sub zero temperatures!

The shot was taken just 5 minutes from our cottage at Coldingham loch. The boat stayed remarkably still considering it was a 9 minute exposure.


Blogger DGAF said...

I really have to take some night pics like this. You have the nikon remote? I think i am going to try and use a universal remote. Do you just guess about exposure when you take these and hope for the best at the end of 9 minutes or are these standard settings?

1:58 am, January 06, 2006  
Blogger jcyrhs said...

An absolutely amazing shot. *applause*

8:55 am, January 06, 2006  
Blogger Owen B. said...

It's lovely - at 9 minutes is there any amp glow you have to deal with? It's something I tried over Christmas but I went for longer exposures, and got all amp-glowed out!

10:45 am, January 06, 2006  
Blogger hugo poon said...

Hi John,

Stop by to say hello and congratulate you on winning the Fuji Mugs Challenge! Missing your pics on the FTF.

Happy 2006

2:19 pm, January 06, 2006  
Blogger John said...

dgaf: Yeah, I got the nikon remote off ebay a couple of months ago, and can honestly say that it's been one of my best purchases. Previously I was using a universal remote that I had for my tv, but it was incredibly temperamental, and it always took ages before it would trigger the shutter. I suppose it will depend on the type of remote you get.

As for the exposure, I'd say it's more of a guestimate than a plain old guess! For example, for this one I took a few shots at f/3.5 and ISO 1600 until I got an exposure I was reasonably happy with. Then I worked out what the same exposure would be at f/5 and ISO 200.

jcyrhs: Thanks! *bows* :)

owen: Thanks owen. Yeah, there was a lot of amp glow to deal with, and even worse were the hot pixels. I didn't have enough power in my batter for the camera to do a NR, so I recharged the battery very quickly when I got in and took a dark frame with the same exposure settings. Then I did a dark frame subtraction following a tutorial I found on the internet (I'll try and find the link again if you're interested). It got rid of the amp glow extremely well. The same tutorial also explained how to get rid of hot pixels, and while this worked for most of them I had to remove quite a few using the healing tool.

I wouldn't give up on the shots you've already taken that have amp glow in them - I reckon you could easily get rid of it with some manual dark frame subtractions.

2:26 pm, January 06, 2006  
Blogger John said...

Hey HP - good to hear from you! I still check out your posts on the FTF, I'll have to comment on them more often. Happy New Year to you too!

2:31 pm, January 06, 2006  
Anonymous Jem said...

Stunning night shot John! I really want to get somewhere picturesque around here that would look good for night photography, but I havn't found anywhere as yet :/

7:23 pm, January 06, 2006  
Blogger Doris said...

Just love your stuff!

12:19 am, January 07, 2006  
Anonymous Helen said...

Absoluting stunning! I bow to you!

2:02 am, January 07, 2006  
Blogger Euian said...

Wow, it's so artistic. I love it!

2:10 am, January 07, 2006  
Blogger John said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone! :)

12:38 am, January 08, 2006  
Blogger CurlyToes said...

Excellent shot. 9 minutes is quite a long one and shows the rotation of the earth really nicely. I guess it might have been nice to see the north star. I'm surprised there's not much noise in it - it looks incredibly clean.

5:41 pm, January 08, 2006  
Blogger John said...

Yeah, if I had a super WA I could've got the north star in, but using my 18-70 kit lens I opted to focus on the foreground detail. If you read my reply to owen b you'll see that I did a dark frame subtraction which got rid of a lot of hot pixels as well as a good deal of noise - was most impressed with the results!

11:05 am, January 09, 2006  

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