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September 8, 2010
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Penmon Point Star Trail final by Photosbykev Penmon Point Star Trail final by Photosbykev
2016 images taken over 6 hours and about 6 hours of post editing to remove all the aircraft trails.

Updated to remove a minor flaw I found in the processing

16-09-10: Thank you for the DD and the support :)

How it was made:
Canon 5D MkII and Canon 24mm f1.4 MkII lens shooting 10 second exposures at f2.8 @ iso 1600 continuously for 6 hours. The final result was 2016 images captured on a 64Gb CF card. I also shot 20 dark frames with the lens cap on to use for noise reduction.

The camera was powered by an external 12v battery which also powered the dew control heating tape wrapped around the lens to prevent the lens misting up ( but the heater died after an hour so I had to regularly check for any condensation on the lens )

The raw files were converted to 16-bit tiffs in Capture One Pro.

The tiffs were then individually checked to remove any aircraft trails, about another 6 hours work lol.

Startrails.exe was then used to compile the 2016 images and 20 dark frames to produce a single tiff file.

The composite image was then finished in CS5 ready for printing and display.

The computer used runs Windows 7 64-bit on an i7 system with 2 x 200Gb solid state drives for temporary working space, 24Gb of 1600Ghz ram and 4 x 2Tb drives for local storage.
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Given 2010-09-16
Suggester said; "Simply breathtaking!" and I couldn't agree more!

Penmon Point Star Trail final by `KevLewis ( Suggested by B-Tek and Featured by Anoya )
JMicas Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
Your equipment is stunning!!! Congratulations by hours of work with this result....
Bravo!!! :clap:clap:clap:
photofoe Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
You have been featured in my journal [link] :)
Trezizi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Hey mate, amazing photo!

I'm curious, and sorry if this has been asked already but google has failed me, but how does ones power their slr externally? --> 'The camera was powered by an external 12v battery'
...My star trails fail becasue my battery life isn't long enough...
Photosbykev Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
For the Canons you can make or buy a dummy battery pack with a voltage regulator inside that you use instead of a standard battery.
Trezizi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Champion! Thanks for the reply mate, going to try this.
Moon-Wraith Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
This is an amazing photo, I've been trying to do similar photos but none have turned out nearly as good as that!

How long did you wait between each photo?
Did you use a computer program to take the photos or do you have something you plug into your camera to do it?
Photosbykev Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
all the questions asked are answered in the description
JoseMelim Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's really an amazing photo work! I love the composition as well as the tecnique, which turned the scenery into a beautiful image. Great light, great color, great details! I love it.
blueanimeagamer Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Because of this photo, I now want to try this. It looks absolutely spellbinding and beautiful to look at. Now to buy some extra equipment and start experimenting :squee:
ThaleiaFantasy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
Watching th Earth turn... 8D
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