Skyfire Night - New Year's Eve by Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes
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Definitely worth seeing this large even with annoying watermark – heaps more detail.

This is a shot of Sydney from 32km away along the track to the cliffs in Royal National Park on New Year’s Eve as the fireworks were being let off in the Harbour. I thought it might be interesting to get the fireworks above the city while the one’s in the city were doing their magic. The diagonal dashed line is a plane coming in to land.

Man this turned out to be by far the hardest startrails shot I’ve done yet. Getting the exposure right to maximise the startrails whilst minimising the city glow that kills them was a challenge let me tell you. Even then I over-shot it and had to pull it back 1.5 stops in Camera Raw, plus the fireworks required an entirely different exposure altogether. Anyway this is the end result – 69 X 30sec exposures at ISO 800 for the startrails and 2 X 2sec exposures at ISO 1600 for the fireworks. All blended using the brilliant Schurs Startrails PS Action
Everything else:
Av: f/4
Fl: 32mm
Canon 1Ds MkIII
I’ve also done a tight crop from this shot that shows the fireworks more closely here


Comments

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelabout 6 years ago

    Geoff, a fascinating capture of the lights in the sky on New Year’s Eve, very well done. – Cora

  • Thanks Cora – glad you liked it.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Rhana Griffin
    Rhana Griffinabout 6 years ago

    Geoff, I only wish I had half the patience you have for working out all the stuff that needed to come together to make this such a gorgeous shot.

  • You do stunning MACROS and you talk about patience!! Thanks heaps Ms Muffin – was an interesting technical exercise. Been thinking about trying to get the startrails over the city for a while but it always defeated me til now.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • AndreJ
    AndreJabout 6 years ago

    wonderful effect Geoff

  • Ta Andrej

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Rhana Griffin
    Rhana Griffinabout 6 years ago

    But macros aren’t heavy on the patience factor Geoff, I am living proof of that. I have a very short attention span… why, just the other day I………

    Oh look! A dog with a fluffy tail!

  • …which you would then follow with your macro lens and frame and re-frame, moving camera backwards and forwards to get the focus, having to adjust the exposure and then start all over again as it wags it fluffy tail – I know – some appalling person motivated me to try this once myself (with a flower shot God help me) and I know how hard it is – you ain’t fooling anybody Ms Muffin.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Marinapallett
    Marinapallettabout 6 years ago

    cool shot ;0)

  • Thanks Marina.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Squealia
    Squealiaabout 6 years ago

    Fab one day when it is warmer I will attempt start trails! Wine, chair, fags and click click click!!!

  • - don’t forget the tripod. Have fun.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 6 years ago

    I’m guessing you didn’t use in-camera noise reduction?? Interesting action too, have downloaded it to see if I have the patience to sit out in the dark for any length of time…You’ve done a great job here Geoff, working it all out for the different exposures….amazing stuff!

  • No I never in-camera process for anything – why use a pissy little camera processor for noise reduction when you can use an Intel? Pretty much similar to the jpeg versus RAW argument I think. That action is just brilliant. I’ve used it for all sorts of blends, not just startrails – it really is multi-purpose.
    Love to see your take on startrails Mel and I can promise you that sitting under the night sky for an hour or more does very healthy things to your brain and sense of perspective. Make sure you either have a chair that reclines or, better still, a rug to lie on and then you can look up for as long as you like without crinking your neck while the camera does all the work.
    Thanks for your lovely comment Mel.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 6 years ago

    I did try the startrails thing when I shot the mangrove tree, but Garry suggested in-camera noise reduction was the way to go, and unfortunately my batteries crashed before they finished writing to the card after attempting a half hour exposure…..so I only managed to capture one 86 second exposure out of 3 hours standing out in the freezing cold air with NO chair! I had tried to suggest that a noise reduction program in the puter might be more suitable, but had to bow to his superior knowledge, since I had none…

    We’ll no doubt be trying it again once Winter returns….or maybe even before :) I’ll be giving the series of 30 second blasts a try, and I’ve downloaded the action, thanks!

  • I’ve tried both and the results from using a program are way better I think. Plus the time it takes to do each shot in-camera would pre-empt startrails anyway as you’d have huge gaps between each exposure. Winter night skies are the best but it does get pretty cold sitting around waiting to get the shots so I’ve moved them to summer.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • RhondaR
    RhondaRabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful star trails Geoff.

  • Thanks Rhonda

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 6 years ago

    I’m convinced :)


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