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    blessings captured
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    Here’s a star trail picture that I took in one exposure and I tried my hand at editing it. What do you think? How would you edit it? What about the composition?
    Thanks for Any advice!

    I’ve attached the JPEG and my edited raw. Also I added my Adobe Camera raw settings.

    ISO:100; 1,797 sec; f/3.5

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    #36257

    Jamie Parfitt
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    I really like the second (edited) picture! Especially how you brought out the tree on the right. You framed that side of the picture really nicely with that! As I have never taken pictures of star trails, I have no experience with that kind of photography, but I’ve always wanted to shoot some long exposures of the sky! On second look at the picture I noticed a clump of stars on the lower left of the picture. Would that happen to be the Milky Way? God sure did a good job when he made the beautiful stars!

    Naomi P.

    #36259

    blessings captured
    Participant

    On second look at the picture I noticed a clump of stars on the lower left of the picture. Would that happen to be the Milky Way?

    In the USA, the Milky Way isn’t visible in the winter. I took that picture last week, so it wouldn’t be.

    God sure did a good job when he made the beautiful stars!

    So true!

    Thank you for your encouragement.

    #36273

    Caitlin Compton
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    Wow! Great job, @blessingscaptured. 😀 This is a beautiful picture. I really want to try my hand at capturing some star trails. After looking at this picture, you’ve spurred me on to want to try it (really!) soon! 🙂

    For me personally, I like how in the original, unedited picture the tree is darker. I think the tree being lighter in your edit, draws too much attention to it, when the main subject is really the sky. But, I do like how the sky has more vibrancy in the edited one. Perhaps you could try doing the same edit on the sky, but put a radial filter around the tree to exclude if from the edit or use a brush and paint in the sky with the edit, or you could even try painting in some darkness on the tree so that the tree is even darker than the original (more of a silhouette). I feel like if the tree was darker you would get more of depth of field – more of an ‘I’m looking through the trees’ feeling as opposed to feeling as if the tree and sky are touching. Just some suggestions, not sure how they would work out in practise! 😀

    I like how you’ve used the tree as framing – I love framing! 😉 Perhaps if you were to do a retake of this shot, you could try not to cut of the tree in the bottom left corner or maybe you’ve cropped it of in post processing.

    BTW, on your profile I noticed you’re on Lighstock like me! You have some beautiful pictures on there. I hope it goes really well for you! 😀

    #36354

    blessings captured
    Participant

    I see what you mean about when the tree is darker the stars come out more. I’ll try editing it that way.

    BTW, on your profile I noticed you’re on Lighstock like me! You have some beautiful pictures on there. I hope it goes really well for you!

    Thanks! You have some great pictures to. You’re one of “my follows”.

    #36355

    blessings captured
    Participant

    I edited to darken the tree, and to remove the vignette on the top right and left corners. What do you think?

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    James Staddon
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    Well done! I like the trees framing the edges. If only Polaris could have been included (the star that all the other stars revolve around), that’s my only thought!

    #36483

    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    @blessingscaptured

    Yes! I think I like that edit better. Its good how you’ve removed the really heavy vignette, though I do think that a slight one would be nice. It really is a beautiful picture!

    You’re one of “my follows”.

    Haha! I was wondering who was following me. You’re one of mine, too! 🙂

    #36490

    blessings captured
    Participant

    If only Polaris could have been included

    I see how that would have been better. I’m not that expert yet of “finding” everything in the sky. I need to figure out how to use a star map. But, thanks @jamesstaddon.

    Its good how you’ve removed the really heavy vignette

    I didn’t realize how much vignette my lens was adding until latter when I “enabled profile correction” in Lightroom.

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