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Sunday, 11-Mar-2007 05:06
oh, how the stars dance in the nightsky


my second try at this. it's quite difficult to attempt this kind of shot here in kl.

i was hoping to capture more of the stars in the picture, but light pollution blocked out the weaker ones.

considerations for the next attempt:

1. shoot where there is minimal light pollution. tawau in june would be a good bet.

2. locate either north or south pole star (polaris? sigma octantis? the southern cross?) for maximum effect. we're lucky to be very near the equator to be able to see both.

3. avoid foregrounds that are illuminated, even though very faintly. they'll seem like they're lit by spotlights at the end of the long exposure.

4. immediately release the shutter for the next exposure to avoid the gaps in the trails. lapses of less than a minute are enough to result in the breaks, especially for those stars that are 'travelling' faster.

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