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dirwoody 11-10-2008 2:10 PM

I've seen some killer shots of night scenes, particularly stars, which call for some obcenely long exposures (even catching the rotation of the earth in the stars). I tried getting some of these a couple weeks back but ended up with a lot of noise. Is this just ambient light playing tricks in the atmosphere or do I need to lower my ISO (set at 1600 for my shots) and keep things open longer? <BR> <BR>The pics I'm referring to were taken by Walt in the Photo's 11 thread <BR>http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/630031.html?1223836173 <BR> <BR>(Message edited by dirwoody on November 10, 2008)

Walt 11-10-2008 4:09 PM

Darin, <BR> <BR>Use ISO 100 and shoot on the bulb setting. Go into your main menu and turn on (LONG EXPOSURE NOISE REDUCTION)

dirwoody 11-11-2008 6:11 AM

Nice, Thanks, I was wondering because they're SICK!

bakes5 11-11-2008 6:24 AM

also, you can take about 60-100 30 second exposures and then join them together with a photoshop action. It's pretty simple.

dirwoody 11-11-2008 8:21 AM

Good call Bakes, I'm not super proficent (sp?) with photoshop yet, I dabble, but that's it thus far. Hope to get a lot better this winter <BR>I'll have to try that! <BR>Just waiting for a fridgid night in northern NE to get some really clear ones.

bakes5 11-11-2008 6:32 PM

Here is one I did in the back-yard a while back. It also includes instructions on how to make them using the multiple shot technique rather than the single long exposure technique. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>I like the multi-shot stuff because it allows you to get star trails in the city that would otherwise be blown out <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakes/2319613053/in/photostream/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakes/2319613053/in/photostream/</a>

peter_c 11-11-2008 10:57 PM

Mirror up and self timer to get a rock steady shot. Plus a good tripod, which is my next camera related investment.

Walt 11-12-2008 7:08 AM

IMO there's no need to lock up the mirror on exposures this long. I don't think you can use the timer for bulb shots.

russian 11-13-2008 5:23 PM

Most would agree that mirror lock-up is useless on long exposure shots, but I still do it anyway<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/lol.gif" border=0>

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