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Heaven And Earth by GVA Heaven And Earth by GVA
For Agnes.

Always watching over us. :heart:


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Check out the 'Making Of' tutorial here: [link]


Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.


63min exposure.

(1 x 8min base exposure for the foreground +
110 x 30sec exposures for the star trails)


The star trails are the result of the earth's rotation during the long exposure.


Was so nice to sit back, watch the stars and enjoy a big glass of red wine (or two) while this was running.

Hope you're all well! :D



www.garyannettphotography.com
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:iconmayapi:
mayapi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
simply awesome , i love the star effect
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:iconanastasiamorning:
AnastasiaMorning Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Adorable!
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:iconi-am-tsukiko:
i-am-tsukiko Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
That is so cool
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:icondavidrosario:
DavidRosario Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011   Photographer
Fantastic!
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:iconpranha:
pranha Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
love this kind of pictures ^^
hard to do in Belgium... to much light
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:iconwillihelm:
Willihelm Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
best thing on the star trail shots are always the stories behind it
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:icon000-n-000:
000-N-000 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
so awesome and amazing
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:iconcravingotters:
cravingotters Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Great shot, I love how the rotation matches up along the fenceline. =D
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:iconkmotsko:
kmotsko Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Student Writer
Beautiful! I read your tutorial and I admire the patience you have... it seems like it would take a lot of time to create such a gorgeous image. Very impressive work! :+favlove:
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:iconwintersmith-angel:
WinterSmith-Angel Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Amazing!
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:iconteampossible:
TeamPossible Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Mmm, Uranus.
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:icongva:
GVA Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010   Photographer
Mmm, confused.
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:iconteampossible:
TeamPossible Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Former god of the heavens?
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:iconvlue:
Vlue Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Photographer
Great shot!

this image has been featured on my website: [link]

if you don't want it on there please tell me so i can take it off :)
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:iconsigma-echo-seven:
Sigma-Echo-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Student Writer
Cool!
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:iconpatrickruegheimer:
PatrickRuegheimer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009   Photographer
Stunning!
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:iconme-myself-and:
Me-Myself-And Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
It's so beautiful :)
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:iconevilien:
Evilien Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
this is breathtaking! :love:
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:iconra3y-ad:
Ra3y-AD Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
the most amazing star trail i've ever seen :love:
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:icongva:
GVA Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009   Photographer
Thanks a bunch mate! Much appreciated :D
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:icononepurpleshoe:
OnePurpleShoe Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is absolutely gorgeous. You've made my inner astronomy nerd very, very happy. ^^
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:iconrobert-kim-karen:
robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful photograph. :nod:
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:iconwheaman:
wheaman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope ya win! Voted for ya. :) The colors here are truly amazing @__@
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Professional Photographer
That's just excellent! Always wanted to try this but I'm afraid my computer will totally crash trying to process a psd with 110 layers! It's worth trying though, lovely image!
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:icongoigoi:
goigoi Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
This is immense ^^, but how do you go about stacking? if you don't mind explaining for me, i'm gonna get a shutter release soon and i've been itching to try!
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Schweinskopfsuelze Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
great job.

did you predict the circle and this center or did you just see what happens?

what did you use to control the exposures?
I mean which program? Is it free to downlaod somewhere?
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:icongva:
GVA Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   Photographer
Thanks! Nope, got lucky with this one. I know there's a way to read the stars and predict the arcs but I'm not there yet. :) A 'happy accident', as they say.

I tried a couple of programmes to stack the exposures but without much luck. Finally resorted to good ol' Photoshop in the end.
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:iconschweinskopfsuelze:
Schweinskopfsuelze Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
I didn't know Ps is capable of doing this.

thanks for sharing.
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:icongva:
GVA Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   Photographer
Yep, just change the blend mode for each exposure to Screen, except the base layer. It's good for traffic trails too.

Dedicated programmes like Keith's Image Stacker can be useful for sampling the brightest star and brightening all the rest accordingly or averaging the trails to compensate for clouds making some appear dimmer.
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Schweinskopfsuelze Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
a friend of mine told me about crazy tripods that rotate, eliminating the earth rotation...crazy (and sadly expensive stuff)

I'll give it a try. I just did some experiments with darkness, a lighter and the bulp exposure, but it was very spontaneous.
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:icongva:
GVA Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009   Photographer
indeed. impressive gear! mostly for astronomers I think.

Look forward to seeing your experiments. :)
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:iconjayshree:
jayshree Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is gorgeous. I am running a scapes contest and this would fit wonderfully.
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:icongva:
GVA Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   Photographer
Thanks! Will have to check it out...
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:iconp-t0-th3-r:
p-t0-th3-r Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing !
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:icongva:
GVA Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   Photographer
Thanks Philipp :D
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:iconp-t0-th3-r:
p-t0-th3-r Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem :)
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:icontrinixtwinix:
trinixtwinix Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
110 x 30 second exposures, what are all those for?

Awesome shot though.
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:icongva:
GVA Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   Photographer
Thanks Hugo! They make up 55 minutes of the star trails when combined. It's the best way to keep noise and light pollution to a minimum. That way you can set the camera to shoot 30sec expsoures back to back and stack them afterwards - creating the trails through the sky as the earth rotates.

Otherwise the base 8min exposure would capture only very short trails. It does do a good job though of capturing some detail in the dark foreground.

Ideally, with film you could just shoot one 63min frame. But digital sensors (and batteries) still struggle with these long exposures and digital noise.
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trinixtwinix Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Oh I see. I was wondering why you just didn't do one long exposure. I've been using film of late (thanks to the darkroom at school), was thinking of doing some long exposures with it.
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:iconleviathan218:
leviathan218 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing! It's rare to see that much stars here where I live. Pretty cool technique too.
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:icongva:
GVA Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   Photographer
Yeah, it's hard to find clear skies. City light pollution and clouds do a pretty good job of hiding views like this.

Thanks for the comment! :D
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:iconleviathan218:
leviathan218 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i never thought of this. with the earth's rotation. sure sure. good job:)
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DropThePress Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Student General Artist
frikin awsome
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:icongva:
GVA Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   Photographer
Thanks mate :D
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:icondrunkerman:
Drunkerman Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Student Filmographer
This is the kinda of stuff that really is DD worth, great capture.
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:icongva:
GVA Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   Photographer
Very kind of you Felipe. Glad you like it mate. Much appreciated! :)
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:iconmiky-chrizz:
Miky-Chrizz Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
:wow: just amazing :love:
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:icongva:
GVA Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   Photographer
Thanks a bunch! Good stars definitely beat reality TV any day! :D
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:iconhippydream:
hippydream Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
wow, this is great! well worth the wait :)
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:icongva:
GVA Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   Photographer
Thanks mate! Quite proud of this one. It's taken a while to get it right. The file is huge - takes my computer about 30min to open it. :D
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Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
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100
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