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    Hello, this is my first attempt at Star Trails. I shot 120 images at 30 sec, f2.8, ISO 200, 24-70MM 50mm, tripod. Stacked in Photoshop. What I found interesting is the varied colors I captured of the star trails. Most star trails are taken using similar shutter speed and F-stop but an ISO of 1600 or 3200, which provides nice bright star trails but washes out the star trail colors.

    Nikon D850. Your comments please

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    Looks great for a first attempt. Shooting all those frames and stacking sure eliminated the noise.

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    Star trails can be good fun to shoot, especially if you can set the camera up close to the car/house etc and stay in the warm while the camera does it's thing. You have captured and processed the star trails well, try for an interesting foreground on your next shoot.

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    Hi Terry. I admire all photographers that do this sort of image, not so much for the resulting image but for the work they put into get the shot...They must enjoy the process, at least i hope they do. I have to admit its not something I have ever wanted to do.. This image has a few slightly distracting intruders lower left and uppish right that maybe subtract from the symmetry slightly..

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    Thank you all for your comments. I will be looking for a more favorable background in my next attempt. Have a great year...Terry Johnson

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    This turned out nicely Terry, although I would crop out the tree and what looks like a roof edge. When I shoot my star trails I use an ISO of 125 at f4 and a shutter speed of 30 minutes. Folks should not be using an ISO of 1600 or 3200 for star trails. I too am often amazed by all the different colours that the star trails have.

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    Andrew, I kept my shutter speed lower to reduce the amount of noise in the image. When stacked, the resulting noise that may be in the individual images is minimal if there at all...

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