Star Trails using Live Composite

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Star Trails over Albuquerque.

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Another on from Albuquerque, NM.

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Sort of a cross post from a southwest trip report posted few months back. About 20 minutes.
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A couple of shots from tonight. Taken in Elephant Butte, NM. I’ve never shot in such a dark sky location before.

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20s x 90, ended up just over 30 min. Shot with the 12-40 @ 12 & ISO 800. A LOT more cultural lighting than I was counting on, but it turned out ok. Might not have been able to see the trees as well without it!


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On vacation on Italy and decided to give this feature a try. Taken with omd em10ii and rokinon 7.5mm
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I haven’t done any star trail shots in a while. It was a clear night in northern Arizona, so I went out and shot this of the start trails over my RV. A passing truck helped to light under my rig and give the red glow on the front.

Shot with my EM10 and Rokinon 12/2.
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It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do an Star Trail photos. We just moved out to a new RV Park with much better dark skies. Apache Junction, AZ.

A car pulled in and lit the cacti in the first shot.
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I really like doing live composite; the only drawback are that when I really have clear skies are when I'm camping and battery time is valuable.

This was my first live composite attempt. Unfortunately I think I bumped the camera when looking into the viewfinder sometime near the end so there's a shadow over Half Dome. Sunrise was about to happen, hence the glow, and I wasn't going to be able to setup a second shot in time.

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This is my second attempt out in the Sierras somewhere. It's not a particularly strong composition but I'm happy with the colors. Set this one up after a few pre-tests and let it run until the battery died or the camera froze. Picked it up in the morning.

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This was my third and last attempt out on Oahu taken from my hotel balcony. Left this one on the "balcony" overnight until the battery died..

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I really like doing live composite; the only drawback are that when I really have clear skies are when I'm camping and battery time is valuable.

This was my third and last attempt out on Oahu taken from my hotel balcony. Left this one on the "balcony" overnight until the battery died..

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Neat pic.
I've got to assume they were aircraft trails, and not a meteor shower ----
 

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Oh Good, this thread is still alive :D I've also been experimenting with live composite. Tonight I tried to leave it out long enough to try and get some star trails. unfortunately there's also a lot of background light towards the west (which is where I can easily shoot.)
Any ideas why they all look green? (And please ignore the setting-moon-lightsaber-thing :)
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Oh Good, this thread is still alive :D I've also been experimenting with live composite. Tonight I tried to leave it out long enough to try and get some star trails. unfortunately there's also a lot of background light towards the west (which is where I can easily shoot.)
Any ideas why they all look green?

What white balance do you have set on your camera ?
 
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1. Auto. Any recommendations?
2. I didn't see your message until now--my apologies for the late response.

I suggest "sunny day".

No need for embarrassment, you're not the first, or the last, to forget to check the white balance setting.
I even went on a printer fault finding mission because of a color cast when it was actually the camera setting.
 

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I’ll need to make me a crib sheet for all the different settings and different situations 🙂
...or just shoot RAW. Not having to think about things like white balance while shooting is pretty high on my list of reasons for doing that.

It's rare for the stars to "pop" much where I live (it has to be really, really clear to compensate the light pollution); when they do I like to leave a camera running for a while, more as an expression of appreciation than anything... it never fails to surprise me just how much color variation there is in those luminaries if you're careful not to overexpose them... at that point it's "white balance to taste". :D

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