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View of my favorite tree while watching for Perseid meteors :heart:



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:iconquaddie:
quaddie Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
I think i will have to have a bash at this...i am nicking those settings btw :).
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
If you don't already watch :icongreg-gibbs: you need to add him! He was kind enough to give me some tips which led to his writing this tutorial [link]

The night shooting is fun - lovely in the warm summer eves but I realllllly don't think I'll get any this winter, lol, I'm too much of a cold wimp :iconshiverplz:
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quaddie Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I have popped over and watched :),thanks for the heads-up..
I need a nice frosty night here,nice and clear :)...i am better with the cold than the heat..
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Being a southern Cali girl where cold is about 60 and hot isn't much more than 90, lol, even northern California's temps push me...summer high is often over 100 and average cold is around 40 with the occasional night down in the low 30's but we had mid 20's a few nights ago!!
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quaddie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thats a fairly narrow band :),its odd how Europe uses `C the US is still `F and we use both :)..`F for high temps:ooo its nearly 100,and `C for low temps:ooo its nearly 0 :)..

The mid 20s must have been a shock!!..we have 48`F today,and its supposed to be the bloody Winter!!!!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
The ocean really makes the temperatures more consistent - I lived less then 10 miles away - which is why there wasn't too much range...now we're inland by a couple hundred miles along with being about 400 miles further north - so we get four seasons now - but I am getting more comfortable with it being wider :laughing:

Having proper clothes helps too!! I'm perfectly happy with 48F :D
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quaddie Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
The North Sea is falling down on the job then,it bloody freezing near there this time of year LOL.

The trouble is,Nature is all in a muddle cos of the temps,we need it to be cold to reset the body-clocks..
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StormyyWolf Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012   Photographer
gorgeous!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Thanks!! I love my tree and am glad I'm finally beginning to understand how to take decent star shots :love:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Very cool capture, Ruth :clap:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Thanks, John! :blowkiss:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
You're welcome :)
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allart1love Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Excellent shot!! I'm so jealous! We were completely clouded in for the Perseid meteor showers :( Thanks for sharing!! :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Thanks! We had clear skies just not too many strikes...ah well, the good thing is they come every year :laughing:
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allart1love Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Sure thing! Yes, next year!! Here's hoping for clear skies :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
:fingerscrossed: :laughing:
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applecorekevin Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is very nice. I like that tree.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I love it too! It has such character in its shape :love: It is in our "front" yard above our driveway. I can see it from my home office desk and love to watch the deer rest below it and the occasional hawk land in it.
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Wintella Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw! I missed the Perseid shower this year too :(
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
:laughing: the best thing about the Perseid showers...they come every year :love: so we get a chance every August :giggle: There's another shower sometime in November, too, ...not the Perseids of course, but the Leonid. [link]
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Wintella Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The Perseid is still the biggest one and I'm never out of the town on the particular week-end it happens. I really need to do it next year!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Than is true :nod: good luck!!
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Wintella Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks...
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Algesiras Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Writer
This is gorgeous!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
:blowkiss: Thank you!
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orinoor Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Wow!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I love how we can see the milky way almost every night :love:
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In-the-picture Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely photo :clap:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
:hug: Thank you!
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Toghar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
did you do that with tracking or without?
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
No tracking - just a 20 second or so exposure...there's a thing called the rule of 600 which helps you figure out the longest exposure you can get before you start getting star trails...I'll send you the tips I got from :icongreg-gibbs: who, if you haven't discovered, is an amazing celestial shooter :love:
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Toghar Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Tank you again for tips :bow:
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, amazing! Love the many stars and the silouette of the tree :heart:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Thanks so much!!!

I love this tree and as I get better at the night shots I'm finally getting close to a shot I've been envisioning for over four years :love:
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :) I think that this shot is really close to being perfect...so I'm pretty sure you will get your desired photo one day :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
:blowkiss:
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Clean your sensor, it will get rid of all that noise in the sky!

Walt
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
:slap: I actually was considering what you said :no: and was thinking "but I've got it on auto clean!!?!!" :laughing: THEN I got the joke :D
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
That country living slows people down a tad! Here's a link if you ever have to clean your sensor.<[link]> it's the only one I've found that really works. I just did my D7000; it's a dust magnet.

Walt
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
There's an automatic shake on the d300, thankfully 'cuz I'm way too chicken to attempt it myself - you've got much more experience with that type of thing...the "local" camera shop (where everyone around here goes and trusts) does free cleanings when I absolutely have to get it done :laughing:
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
I constantly am changing lenses so I do my own. I worked with precision optical instruments costing upwards of 1/4 MM, so I'm pretty good at it!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
I change often too, but you still couldn't get me to do it :laughing: (I remember about your expensive work toys :giggle:) I'm not positive how it works, but I think I've got the camera set to automatically clean the sensor every time I turn it on - possibly by vibrating the sensor to knock off the dust. :shrug:
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
To check your sensor, find a blue sensor test screen on your computer and take a photo of that at f/16 and f/32. This is wear macro comes into problems. I started to take a photo of the eggs with a D7000, but the sensor was really dirty. The Auto-clean doesn't work. The D7000 is notorious for splashing oil from the mirror onto the sensor.
I also clean the mirrors that they say can't be touched.

Walt
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
I'll let Cait know - she got the D7000 - I've got the D300s

but I'll try the sensor test shot...how do you mean "this is where the macro comes into problems"?
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional
nice job
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goldenSalamander Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
:hug: thank you!!!
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nakkimo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Tried to get some shots last night but only got one usable image :S posted it to my scraps tho.
Nice detail on this pic.
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kach-back Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
What a great picture Ruth I :heart: it. :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Thank you Warren! I'm loving taking these night shots :love:
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