Display your photos or the photos of others here. This is also where you'll find the Monthly Photo Challenge.
The purpose of these challenges is to encourage us to get out and get the best shot of an assigned subject. It's a great way to enhance your photography skills.
Even if you think you take crappy pictures, please join in. Those of you just reading the forum and not posting, this is your chance to join in and show off.
This month's challenge: "Alone"
It has to be taken by you.
It has to be taken in Upstate NY.
A winner will be selected based on the following criteria:
-freshness (have we seen it somewhere before or did you take it just for this challenge? - we prefer the latter!)
-use of color (or lack thereof)
The February prize:
A pair of pedometers
Count how many step you and someone else take.... or if you are alone, count your steps twice.
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Alone on the Summit
Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Clouds
Great shots Brett! Love the Labrador Pond shot!
Thanks Yvonne and Kyle! I'm hoping to try many star trails this year (particularly when its warmer) and hopefully perfect the process. I chose to try the stacking technique to avoid the problems with long exposure noise. The easiest way to combine the star exposures is to use the "lighten" layer blending mode, which will transfer only lighter portions (the stars) to the composite photo. On this particular night the moon was very bright and lights were not needed on the walk in. The exposures were around 20 secs at F4 for the stars and perhaps 10 secs for the tent. The next thing I need to perfect is mitigating the size of gaps between stars. I took subsequent exposures as soon as the prior one had been recorded, but since this takes around 20 or so secs, you end up with a gap. This might be avoided with having a better camera, high speed memory cards, or determining the optimum exposure/F-stop combination to limit the down time. I shoot with .raw only so its not the jpeg compression time. Anyone have an idea of what might speed up the process?
Far from a novice or expert for that matter on star trails...but some of the most amazing star trails photos I've seen also have the gaps. Short of shooting in bulb mode which understandly isn't preferred due to noise as well as possibility of sensor damage...my best guess for a way to get around this would be shooting on 2 separate nights and being very particular with timing so as to capture the part of trail missed the night prior...and im guessing with days getting longer/shorter you'd need to account for that as well. Although im also no astrologist, so im not sure how the rotation of the earth would effect at what angle the stars appear to the earth from night to night.
Also if you camera has noise reduction...you want to turn it off as it takes time to process the image after each shot because it will cause the gaps even while in continuous shooting.
At any rate a great shot, and especially so if it was your first attempt.
This is the one area where film may have an advantage. One of my ambitions is to take the 4x5 out and do some star trail photography on sheet film. Open the shutter for an hour for the trails, then do the 10-second exposure for the tent, campfire, etc. But this will require a pretty dark night. But as with all film photography, there's not much room for trial and error.
Thanks for sharing your exposure information.
thanks for the tip Kyle - I had assumed the noise reduction only applied to jpeg but after doing some reading I think thats exactly what the problem is.
Sorry to steal your ideas Brett....this is proving to be a very difficult challenge for me. Anyone else having trouble thinking a good subject for this challenge? Usually I take tons of photos for the contests, but am not happy with many of them and they are discarded resulting in a few entries...this time, Ive really been racking my brain on how to capture "alone" in a photograph. Ive seen other "alone" photos which are usually comprised of a emo type adolescent curled up in a ball sitting in a dark corner...which would be great...but I dont fit that bill nor do I have a model at my disposal for such a purpose.
Alone in the Clouds by hobkyl, on Flickr
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