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Starry Night by Alptraum125 Starry Night by Alptraum125
Some random nook in the Rincon Mountains, just east of Tucson. 4 a.m. It took a few monsters to get through this.

While the sky, as well as the horizon, were both completely pitch black when I took this, the camera obviously picked up the fringes of light from the sun as the sky was only a matter of minutes from beginning to brighten up.

Comments above :+fav:s appreciated!
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xX-BVB-Xx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
I used it here: [link]
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coobcakes Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Stunning. :0
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JohnDamen Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It's really beautiful and I can't help but wonder what it would have looked like a half hour or an hour earlier.
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simple-squamous Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
what mount do you use to move with the rotation of the earth?
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Alptraum125 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Actually, this was taken on a fixed tripod. I shot it at ~18mm, though that's more like 30mm once converted digitally, but because the angle was so wide I was able to get a full exposure within a bit over a minute. I toyed around with exposure times and this was about the maximum exposure I could get without increasing the exposure time and consequentially getting streaked stars. If you look at [link] you'll see what that star streak turned into once I pushed the exposure to a few minutes long. Even with this photo, if looking at the full-res version, there is some streaking to be noted. The best bet to minimize the streak, or at least use it to an advantage when shooting from a fixed tripod, is to point to the zenith of the sky (~the north star). That way at least a small amount of stars remain perfectly in focus, un-streaked, no matter how long the exposure, while the stars surrounding it streak in a circular motion.

Thanks for the question though! I hope this helps some...
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simple-squamous Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I will try that!.. thank you very much!
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homestar455 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008   Photographer
Wow, living in the city, I've forgotten there were that many stars out there. Nice capture.
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osksta Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
I was to eager to wait for your permission, so i just assumed it. Thanks a lot. Here is the result: [link]
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osksta Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
id like to ask for your permission to nclude this image in a photomanipulation project. Of course i will give you credit
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Nicolo37 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
Just lovely, so peaceful and beautiful. It really helps you appreciate wide open spaces and early mornings.
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Alptraum125 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
thank you! After going out to take this shot I really have come to appreciate early morning as well. It's the best time of the day.
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balooloo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
amazing
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4pikachu4 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
This is really beautiful, and I think you did a really good job on this.

I was wondering if I could ask you if I could use this as stock for a school project I am doing. It really captures the image that I am trying to convey in my project.
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NinjaAlchemisthXc Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008   Writer
That's a really beautiful shot. The sky never looks like that around here. And I don't even live in the city.
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bartkowa Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
beautiful. <333
I love night and stars. <3
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geberesiceee Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
you are a great photographer. your works are really good.i wanna watch you and your works :)
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Loserology Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007  Student General Artist
Wow great shot. :D I love how the stars are visible.
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Bouchon Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007  Student General Artist
So beautiful, so calm. I like it =)
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painful-blissful Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
great shot. i really like the way the blue fades from light to dark, and the skatter of stars
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Alptraum125 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Thank you!
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artrevea Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007   Photographer
STUNNING!!
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SkipShadowglass Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Amazeing :wow:
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aternity Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
That's just so lovely!!!!
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mushed-potatoes Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007  Student Digital Artist
That is just overwhelming to look at. I really like it :D
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sLiCk-j1 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
stars are awesome.
thats a whole bunch of em.. wow
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cmckibbinphotos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007  Professional Photographer
This turned out really great :) I love the blue gradient of the atmosphere. You use a flash light on the stars right? lol j/k
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x6xBloody-Kissesx9x Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
where was this taken? outside of tucson...? there isnt much of a city lights glow.
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Alptraum125 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
Went out into a little spot tucked into the Rincons. North of Vale. This shot is literally in the opposite direction that tucson is in, and no matter which direction I shot in the city glow was far out of the shot.
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capall-rundaimhair Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That's what I love about Tucson - the light pollution is so low, you don't have to go far to leave the lights behind, even on that rare cloudy night. Absolutely beautiful shot, by the way. There's something so real about desert sky, night or day :)
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Alptraum125 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
Thanks! I was surprised to see how little light actually traveled there... 25 miles drive from my doorstep but the milky way was clearer than ever.
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rhesusmonkey Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007   Digital Artist
awesome shot.

Hey I might be zeroing in on some good stuff for ya... details to come ;)
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Alptraum125 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
Thanks. This was just a starter shot so I could get used to the new camera and night shooting.

And a second thanks, hopefully it turns up!
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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D80
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758/10 second
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Jun 13, 2007, 3:58:48 AM
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