Guilderton Lighthouse at night

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  1. Frozen_Hell

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    Made a trip up to Guilderton north of Perth this afternoon to see if the sunset was going to turn out any good (it didn't, again) and to take some shots of the lighthouse up there:

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    Shot with D700, 14-24mm @ 14mm, F4 and 30 minutes exposure time. I lit up the lighthouse (yep you can see my shadow) with 2 full power manual firings of a SB-900 flash.

    I deliberately faced east with this shot, as I wanted to capture the lighthouse with the star trails on either side of the shot rotating around the different poles rather than the standard facing to the south with the southern celestial pole in the shot.

    I also took an additional shot with the lens wide open at F2.8 and cranked the ISO up to 6400 and this was the result:

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    I'm not quite sure what the 3 streaks are in the shot though, shooting stars maybe?

    C&C appreciated.
     
  2. dav3

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    nice pics

    my guess would be satellites
     
  3. fallen_dragon

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    that 2nd one is great. Love how the sky looks.
     
  4. mckonazz

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    WHat's the EXIF for the 2nd shot? I really like it!
     
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    Nice shots and great job with the light painting, came up great. If you were desperate you could probably PS your shadow out of the shot.
     
  6. tomtom1

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    Second one for me, it looks quite surreal and I like the backlighting along the horizon from the ?city lights
     
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    Second one for me as well. I like the colours, and the "whatever" in the top right hand side - the sky details.

    I dont mind the fence as a silhouette.

    Pics might be improved if the lighthouse wasnt dead center, although i understand you wanted trails going opposite ways in the first pic.

    Glad you dont get the purple frinding i get on my Nikon D80 which seems to spoil my shots.
     
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    I love #2 too.

    Was there much light pollution where you were?
     
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    not that you can do anything about it, but the fence distracts me. other than that I like them both. great shots.
     
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    D700, 14-24mm @ 14mm, F2.8, ISO 6400, 30 seconds.

    Thanks. :)

    I was debating PS'ing out my shadow, but thought I'd leave it in the for the moment. I might edit it out tonight and see how much it changes the shot.

    I think maybe from a couple of lights that are at the T junction where the road into Guilderton leaves the main road (its about 5-10kms away). There were lights to the north (Lancelin) and even to the south you could see the very strong glow of the city lights on the horizon.

    Yeah, I was debating that, I'm not sure whether framing it to the left or the right would've done much more to it as the rest of the foreground around the lighthouse is pretty featureless. I might play around with cropping the shot to put the lighthouse in a different spot and see how it looks.
     
  11. bevanbraves

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    Maybe for your second photo, either crop the LHS or if taking the picture again move around more to the left, keeing the lighthouse in the left hand third and opening up the sky on the right which is the part of the sky which has the stars/galaxy feature in it.
     
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    hey Frozen, next time you are heading up that way, drop me a pm, I would love to tag along. Few beers, few pics... all good in my book.
     
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    2nd shot is a ripper...
     
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    Fantastic stuff mate.

    Like it a lot :thumbup:
     
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    I find that when i take photos like that, the photos are always too bright?

    Did you have any ND filters or something.

    Amazing photos mate, amazing!
     
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    Nope, no filters at all. You'll definitely overexpose the shots if you're doing it too close to a city or other source of light pollution, or if the moon is out.

    It needs to be very dark in an area a decent distance from the city and no moon out.
     
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    Ben #2 is bloody awesome. Hey next time you go to go out somewhere drop me a message, as I am usually available.
     
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    Love #2, simply awesome.
     
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    Thanks for the tips mate!

    Sorry I have a few questions, I'm new to this astro photography stuff.

    How come there is not flare from the lighthouse light? And on the first photo, what ISO were you running? Your ISO6400 shot looks good, great noise suppression!
     
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    The lighthouse light itself wasn't in shot, you're only seeing the glow from it and not the bare naked light source itself, hence no flare.

    First shot is ISO 200. The noise from using ISO 6400 appears somewhat lesser because of the pinpoints of light of the stars etc. in the sky doing a good job of hiding it. If you look closely at the lighthouse itself you can see a little bit of noise, it'd be more apparent on flat single colour surfaces if there were more of them in the shot.

    Thanks for the comments from everyone who has posted. :)
     

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