View Full Version : Park Ave. Star Trails

Roman Kurywczak
02-14-2008, 05:55 PM
A different night view. Taken in Arches NP using a Canon Mark lll at ISO 400, f4.5, for 1 hour. Painted (time not recorded) the rocks with flashlight for a portion of the exposure. This area is huge! One side is always darker than the other here. IMO lighting looks pretty natural. Pretty happy with results.
Comments always appreciated.

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Travis Novitsky
02-14-2008, 06:31 PM
Huh.....I was just commenting on your other one (Balanced Rock), then I come back to the page and see this one posted! This is fantastic, Roman! The lighting does look fairly natural.....however you have significant foreground interest here and I think this would have been a fantastic image without any light painting as well. Isn't it fun shooting at night? I know I love it..... keep up the good work!

Robert Amoruso
02-14-2008, 07:06 PM
Very impressive. II would be interested in how this looks w/o light painting. I would also be interested in knowing if anyone thinks the north star should be in a power point (ROT). I can only guess that it is pretty hard to compose something like this.

What lens did you use Roman?

I like the shape of the canyon with the balance of the rocks heavier on the left and the opening between the rock walls on the right.

Roman Kurywczak
02-14-2008, 07:19 PM
Hi Robert,
Sorry I forgot the lens......Canon 17-40mmm lens set @ 17mm. I do have the shot without painting. Surprisingly enough.......not very much different except a little overall darker on the monoliths. As it was getting later in the evening, 4am, the horizon on that shot was much lighter. I will try this at another time earlier in the evening.

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Travis Novitsky
02-14-2008, 07:32 PM
I was thinking the same thing, Robert.....about having the whole composition shifted upwards a little bit, putting the north star in a rule-of-thirds position. This would also give us more insight into further rotation of those stars. As it is its a powerful composition, but I feel it would be even stronger if it were shifted upwards a little.

Paul Marcellini
02-14-2008, 09:15 PM
Very beautifully done. I think comp is great. Power points seem to be a big thing on this board. Oh well. At 17 mm, with nothing wider, putting the north star at a power point would lose valuable anchoring of the foreground. Again, well done.

Judd Patterson
02-14-2008, 10:09 PM
Roman, this is absolutely stunning! I love everything here from the lit rocks to the placement of Polaris. You did a very nice job and had a great camera for accomplishing this feat in a single image. Very well done, and please get some rest now that you are back home!! :)

Keith Kennedy
02-14-2008, 11:53 PM
Roman, simply a stunning image! Your creativity and hard work really paid off. Thanks for sharing.


Jason Hahn
02-15-2008, 07:13 AM
This one gets a wow from me, perfectly executed and composed. Personally I would not shift the north star, I agree with Paul in that I wouldn't want to see any of that great foreground anchoring the image get lost. Well done!.


Robert Amoruso
02-15-2008, 07:54 AM
I agree with not shifting the lens up to get the north star ROT positioning. I was thinking a bit more wide a view to accomplish it.

No matter how you cut it, an impressive image. Well done.

Blake Shadle
02-15-2008, 10:32 AM
My eyes were locked on this one for quite some time. Absolutely outstanding work. The painting of the rocks looks natural, and I like the placement of the north star.