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This style of photography is extremely demanding on oneself and your equipment. Each exposure lasts at least 30 minutes and the night disappears into morning quickly. Little sleep as you wake up every hour and reset equipment, dew and frost loves to attack your equipment and your battery gives out quickly. Was it worth the effort? you be the judge.

When we look into space we often see a static and still world, but our earth is moving around the sun at a speed of 67,000 miles an hour. Meanwhile the earth spins on its axis at a speed of around 1000 miles per hour measured from the equator.

Shot taken along a dusty country road above Idaho Falls in an area called 'Bone' Idaho. Its a quiet area I lost count of the Jack Rabbits i saw, counted 10 owls and heard the very distant howl of a shy coyote. A great yet sleepless evening. I slept perhaps an hour and a half out in the field during exposures and pulled into the drive way home at 5:30 in the morning.

An interesting fact is if we were to properly calibrate the camera we could determine the approximate surface temperature of each point of light The blue and white streaks in the sky represent stars that have a surface temperature much hotter than the others while the redder ones followed by the yellow stars are progressively cooler. Of course someone is going to show up and point out that Stars are not perfect black bodies but we can make approximations.
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Andres-Cadena Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing photography and beautiful description! :)
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OpusImperfectum Featured By Owner May 11, 2010   Photographer
Excellent work! It was TOTALLY worth the effort!

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Fritzchen-26 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional Photographer
Your work has been featured here: [link]
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xXxEndlessxXx Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
this is the essence of photography..realy impressive
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
How the hell do you get a shot like this? Merging multiple exposures? I'm a bit naive in the ways of night shooting. Stunning work tho.
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raido-ehwaz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
great shot! :) i really like how you composed your picture to get the north star right next to the tree, it works really well.
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Nathan!, this is incredible :wow:
I just a 5D MKII too and I am just learning how to shoot these type of photos.
This is very inspirational! Thank you for the awesome post, Instant :+fav: =D
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kade-em Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Absolutely beautiful! Any chance you will make this a print?
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WarrenBodnaruk Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Awesome work - well done!
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Q-tipper Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
These shots are incredible!
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DominoDude Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
Great photo, marvelous! *thumbs up*
I'm amazed you had so little wind that all the branches look so crisp in the foreground. A sure addition to my fav's.
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lululetti Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
so pretty!
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Amberwood Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Gosh that's pretty.
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meihua Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Wow, incredibly beautiful capture! I'd say it was well worth it. I love the information you put in the descriptions of your photos too :D
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jakeschires Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Okay, so I commented on this picture last night but I just thought of something as I listened to Owl City. Their song Fireflies would be perfect for this picture. Check it out!
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solefield Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I love these shots - absolutely incredible way to give us perspective. :)
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Suinaliath Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
I have mad respect for you and this picture. Amazing :)
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SnuggliePuff Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Student Photographer
Hi there :wave: Great shot! I was just wondering how far from a city/town you have to be to be able to get these type of shots. Thanks!
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Silvercresent11 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful. Definitely worth the effort! I've always been fascinated by photos like these - great work! :love:
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Papineau Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
it was worth it honestly this is spectacular
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Yomi-no-Kuni Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
wow, really impressive picture
i was stunned when i saw it, and just clueless as to how you could make something look like this...

you have my respect for biting through a whole night to accomplishe this great work!

i hope you get good critiques for this :)
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Torsten-Hufsky Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
the startrails are great.

what i miss is a foreground scene
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Funtoon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Artist
I have featured your stunning :+fav: shot hear [link] .. :wave:
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jakeschires Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
100% worth it in my opinion.
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PondDreamer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. Makes me think of Van Gogh. :)
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natureguy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot Nate! insta fave!!

I tried this once, but living so close to a major city and airport I got lots of lines from jets and a few satellites... your shot is Perfecto!
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breaking-the-habitt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
it feels like we should be out there, exploring in the sky

beaautiful picture btw
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C-Zavala Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Wow. I wish I could see stars in this stupid city
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XoLilSquirtoX Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
very well done.. kinda makes me dizzy..

shots like these are crazy.. and i think i only understand how to do half of it...

i would definitely consider it a success.

Well done man.
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TuxedoDemon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is just absolutely wild. Amazing shot, dude.
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StringOfLights Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, this explains the astronomy talk. :D This is so pretty... The trees at the bottom of the frame are really awesome.
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Sharingan--Uchiha Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
wow that is amazing, and gorgeous.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
This is a great nighttime shot. Makes me wish that my camera body had a higher ISO setting system with some of the new advancements as to remove so much of the noise. Way to place the north star in an eye grabbing spot too with a focused foreground. Did you use a program to assist with this shot or is this all in camera?
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xXEvermoreXx Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
:XD: i love the title, it fits. amazing and well worth the effort it seems.
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CecilyAndreuArtwork Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you mean that each picture requires 30 minutes to take and you reset the equipment each hour to take another picture, and so on and so forth?
Definitely appreciate that you share the results of your hard work! :worship:
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! I remember seeing some shots of these with film. Can't remember who the photographer was or what kind of camera they used, but they were pretty awesome.
Been meaning to try something like this out.
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opticverve Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Beautiful shot! Is there a reason you don't use a cable release on bulb rather than multiple long exposures? Just curious.
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ONEANDAhalfMEN Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
what a shot it was worth it.
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Drollchic-k Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
This is stunning, and hope you think that it was worth it. I adore the framing of the trees, and the lighting is spectacular. :]
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Ryser915 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Nate this is so well done man. I agree with Devin and Mike the other one is pretty amazing also! This must be such a relaxing way to shoot.
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
Only a fan of these star trail shots if they are done well, and this most definitely is. The tree silhouetes really work well, and make a great foreground. :+fav:
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Ilharess Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
we were discussing this kinda photography, and the main concern was about the photo-sensor. as i can see, you use canon as i do so it should be ok ;) i was considering film exposure also as i have analog EOS, just to be on the safe side with both batteries and film as it won't burn :)
amazing shot :D
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Iamidaho Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
only negative effect on the sensor that it has is it tends to attract a lot of dirt . i like to hike a good 100 yards or more away from the side of roads to minimize the dust.

My battery lasted me for the night, but because of the moon i had a very late start into things, Im going to need another battery for a full nights worth of shooting. Live veiw is incredibly useful, zoom into a bright star or planet and get the correct focus.

Have fun!
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Ilharess Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
thank you :) only thing is we'll have to find a spot where we can get by car and still not to have (many) lights around - light pollution is a spoiler around here :hmm:
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blackiliner Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That is just amazing. Your work consistently fascinates me! Keep up the good work friend. I moved out to Oklahoma (from FL) we're a little bit closer now...totally loving the change of scenery.
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Kokone Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Very nice result! Try the following technique, it will save you from a motion blur when you accidentally hit the camera. Take an unspecified number of exposures with around 30 sec exposure time each. You can stitch them together in photoshop, so the images with camera shake can be eliminated. Result is still star trails :)
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Iamidaho Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
i may even try that out tonight. The 30 second exposures would allow for a higher ISO and more detected stars as well :p


I usually just set a timer on my cameras release to give me 5 minutes delay before the shutter opens so I can hike back to my car and go to bed than set an alarm to wake me up later. I lost my camera that night, took me 15 minutes to find it amongst the thick brush!
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Sprited Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009   Photographer
I keep meaning to do a star trail, but as yet I have to find somewhere suitable :( This makes me excited for when I find that place...
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
one of the best star trail photos ive seen yet...very well done
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michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
so this is what you were talking about;) wonderful man.
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