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This is an image of the River Arun by the village of South Stoke near Arundel, UK. The shot was taken at Dawn on Wednesday 20th January. This was during a brief very cold spell where even in the south of England the overnight temperature was down to minus 3. The village of South Stoke is very quiet about 2 miles north of Arundel at the end of a narrow backroad. A bridge crossed the river just behind me leading to the footpath on the east side of the river bank and used otherwise only by farm vehicles. Liberal use of chemical handwarmers were required not only for the hands but to wrap around the lens to stop it misting up.

The picture was taken on a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20mm lens at 10 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing processed with Photomatix Contrast Optimiser setting for a natural look. No more editing was needed apart from a crop and a little Cloning to remove a small lens flare on a blade of grass.

For my Photography books Understand Your Camera and Compose Better Pictures see My Author Page USA or My Author Page UK

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On Wednesday Spring made a brief appearance before the resumption of the deluge. I found a spread of Crocuses and Daffodils together at a small Green near Gossamer Lane roundabout on a beautiful sunny day. Last year I acquired a Sigma 28-80 zoom with a macro function at 80mm. This was a pretty good bargain at £42 on ebay and a cheap way to try out Macro.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A550 which has the benefit of a fold out screen for low shots like this one. I used one RAW image to create 2 extra exposures for a false HDR. The images were opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

The picture was enhanced with HDR processing using Detail Enhancer settings and then Topaz and Photoshop to bring in more detail.

For full details of the processing including the original images used see my Blog at Edwin Jones Photography Blog

For Galleries, Prints and Licences see Edwin Jones Photography

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N 17 B 16.2K C 13 E Oct 3, 2011 F Oct 3, 2011
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I have seen pictures of Star Trails before but this was my first attempt. I started with a lot of Internet research. The most important requirement is a clear night in an area as free from light pollution as possible.

The clear skies worked out well. Over the last week we have had an exceptional heat wave in the UK with temperatures reaching 29.9C (86F) an October record on Saturday 1 October. All week the skies were clear day and night. Usually here on the coast south of London we get many jets high overhead flying from London 70 miles to the north. These form contrails which spread out and gradually great a haze. I noticed on Friday these just disappeared soon after forming. The moon was also a crescent moon setting soon after the sun.

Friday night was chosen. The next problem was light pollution. I found a really neat light pollution simulator website for the UK at www.need-less.org.uk/ . Here you can click a location on a map and it will give a simulation of the night sky from that point with probable light pollution. Here on the Sussex coast there is a string of towns so a lot of light. However a short way inland there are the South Downs. This is an area of rolling chalk hills with small villages. Originally an area of outstanding natural beauty it gained further protection this year by becoming the UKs latest National Park. I choose an area called Madehurst, a few houses in the middle of the Downs about 10 miles from home. Here there is a little road which runs north before turning into a track.

There are 2 methods, either one long exposure of 20 minutes plus or a lot of shorter exposures later blended together. The problem with the first is if something goes wrong such as a tractor passing or a walker with a flashlight you can lose the whole thing so I went for the second. It would normally be very time consuming to blend all the pictures together but there is now free software available to do it for you at www.startrails.de/html/software.html

With the method of stacking together shorter exposures noise is not such an issue so I turned off the Cameras noise reduction settings. If these are turned on it doubles the exposure length as a second image is taken automatically of the same length for the noise reduction process. Noise was corrected later with software. Also a higher ISO is required to get the stars to register in 30 seconds so I used ISO 800 and f4.5

I arrived early to get set up with a little light. It is then necessary to wait for Astronomical Night which on that night was an hour and 45 minutes after Sunset. I used weatherunderground for the location which has an Almanac section which includes that. This is the time when all light from the sun has left the sky and the maximum number of stars is available.

The circular pattern is formed by pointing the camera towards Polaris the Pole Star near the Plough. As the Earth turns stars more above the pole do not appear to move as much as those more above lower latitudes. I should have brought a compass to set up correctly in the light as when the plough was visible I had to move position using a torch.

The light on the horizon is either light from a bigger town due north such as Guildford or probably more general Sky Glow from London 60 miles to the north.

I tried out the light painting method for the first time by shining a torch on the trees in a few of the exposures. I probably should have done that more or possibly as a separate sequence to be blended in later.

I took some test exposures to check the stars showed up. I hit a snag soon after starting the sequence when I noticed the pictures were fogged due to condensation. This was forming on the skylight filter I always keep over the lens. I left out the fogged images from the sequence and used a lens cleaning cloth to wipe the filter every 3 exposures.

The image was taken over 20 minutes with 40 images of 30 seconds exposures each stacked with the startrails software

- Sony A700.
- ISO 800, f4.5, 30 seconds, 10mm.
- Sigma 10-20 lens.
- Tripod.
- Wireless Shutter Release


Tips
- Arrive early, bring a compass or iPhone, to help find the north star.
- Setup gear while it’s still light, get your composition and wait.
- Shoot test shots, check light, make sure you can see the first stars.
- Wait for that perfect moment, then start the exposure.
- Bring a torch, so you can find you way and make adjustments after dark.

Photoshop

As a first step Noiseware Pro was used 3 times to clear up noise

General adjustments in levels and curves to increase lightness and bring up more star trails. A mask was used to part exclude the foreground and trees from the adjustment.

The spot healing brush with the content aware setting in CS5 was used to clear up a trail from a plane.

Unsharp Mask a little sharpening.

Resources

For Licensing and more pictures see Edwin Jones Photography

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N 34 B 11.4K C 55 E Feb 10, 2013 F Feb 14, 2013
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Cueva de los Verdes , the Green Caves is a part of a large lava tunnel system in northern Lanzarote. The caves can only be accessed as part of a guided tour every 20 minutes. In the caves artificial but subtle lighting has been added. This view is at the end of the Tour in the upper gallery.

I have taken a shot from this viewpoint for the last 2 years. The first was with the standard wide angle. The second with the same lens but with multiple shots combined for a Vertorama. This year I tried out the fisheye lens. It was surprising that with this view and the lens level and not pointing up or down there is little apparent distortion only the wider field of view,

The picture was taken with a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Samyang Fisheye lens at 8 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

This picture was enhanced with HDR processing and Topaz and Photoshop to bring in more detail
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Full details of the processing together with before and after images and also the previous 2 images are on my Blog see Edwin Jones Photography Blog
For Galleries, Prints and Licences see Edwin Jones Photography

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N 27 B 5.7K C 43 E Jan 18, 2013 F Jan 22, 2013
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This picture was taken inside the Church at Teguise, Lanzarote. This is an inland town which was originally the Capital. The Church does not look very special from outside but inside it has beautiful columns and arches and HDR is very good at bringing out the detail.

I have taken this Church on past visits to Lanzarote but this year I was able to bring a different approach with the fisheye lens which I feel add to the curves in the arches reflecting them in the curve at the base.

The before and after pictures on my Blog are a particularly good example of the improvement which can be obtained first with HDR and then the importance of additional processing.

The picture was taken on a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Samyang Fisheye lens at 8 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs
.
This picture was enhanced with HDR processing and Photoshop to bring in more detail
.
Full details of the processing together with before and after images are on my Blog see Edwin Jones Photography Blog
For Galleries, Prints and Licences see Edwin Jones Photography

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