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liberty star trails by NWunseen liberty star trails by NWunseen
my first real attempt at doing star trails :) arrived at washington pass just after sunset and shot until sunrise..the moon was just setting behind the mountain as i started the shooting..made for a nice glow silhouetting liberty mountain but made it tough to figure out the exposure! also were some clouds rising from the right side which is what that streak is. this was one hour of 30 second exposures.

a quick but big thanks to greg.. [link] ..for his inspiring work to get out and capture the nights sky ..and doug.. [link] ..for his helpful hints and motivational work over the years :highfive:

please dont use my images in any way without my permission..thank you :)
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Hey there, I wanted to let you know that I featured your work here. :]
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
:aww: very grateful for the feature..thank you so much!
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Starfirechelle Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a fantastic first real attempt! Nicely done!
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
:blushes: thank you so much..truly appreciative!
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Starfirechelle Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're very welcome! Talented too!
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PaulSwiatkowskiPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is an amazing first real attempt Addam! Beautiful shot! :)
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
:aww: thanks bud! actually was a blast doing it..gonna another peak in mind to try again next weekend! :D
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PaulSwiatkowskiPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome Addam! I look foreword to seeing the results. :) I just got a new camera last Friday and it has a built in interval timer so it should make attempting these much easier. I'm 0 for 3 startrail attempts.
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
nice! what cam did ya get? chance of getting that wide angle back??

best of luck on your attempts! :
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PaulSwiatkowskiPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I ended up settling on the D7000. I was heavily considering the new D600 full frame but it was too pricey still and I have a lot of money invested in the DX format. I want to eventually get a wide angle back but when I do I think I want to go all out and get the 2.8 glass. Thanks Addam, it will probably be awhile before I try again though.
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
would say thats a very nice settle :D congrats on the new gear, Paul..eager to see the fun you have with it! :D
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PaulSwiatkowskiPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Addam, I'm very eager as well! :)
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
:D most welcome, Paul!
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Awesome shot!!
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
:) thank you so much, Steve!
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
You're most welcome!!
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is why you can claim to be a photographer and I can't. Absolutely beautiful Addam!
Wonderful work. :worship:
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
:blushes: i may be a photographer..but you are truly an artist! i just work with what nature gives me :)
thank you so much, Holly! :D
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, blahblahblah....:D :rofl:
My pleasure hon:iconkissmote:
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
ahh..a humble artist at that! :D
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
:rofl:
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tiny-sparrow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Just too much fun!
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
:D even though i just pretty much sat there for 9 hours..really did have a great time! thanks, Terri :)
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tiny-sparrow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Worth every second.
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phrostie Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Very Nice
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
thank you :)
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dominique-merot Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Very beautiful shot Addam, excellent work, I like the ripple in the star trails.
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
:) so very appreciative, Dominique..one of the hardest captures ive ever done..but was a lot of fun :)
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dominique-merot Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
You're welcome, be patient for this kind of photo :)
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LAlight Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
:faint: Just so amazing, Addam! Hard to beleive this was your first real attempt! I've yet to make my first attempt, real or fake, and I can't imagine it coming out half as well as this did! Just such a stunning landscape to have the stars dance above, and love the effect that the wide angle had on the sky, bending it as if it were soft and pliable. And, true to form, you have a distinctly DD touch to this, a la rising cloud. Such a unique image, honestly...most would have written off the shot due to that cloud, but you just embraced it and made it yours! So very, very impressed, Addam. Seriously.
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
:blushes: so so appreciative, LA! and i even was truthful with the clouds..was thinking of saying it was a comet! :lol: :no: was sad that he skies didnt cooperate while i was over so you could get your first one..but will happen soon! :D
seriously cant thank you enough for your kind words..and getting me out there that night! :huggle:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
No need to embellish when what it is will suffice! :nod:
Yeah, wish the skies would have cooperated with us while you were here, too...but on the bright side, had some great cloud cover for waterfalls. :) Hoping for some clear skies in October maybe?!
Most welcome hon...it's nice when I can return the favor and push you once in a while. :cuddle:
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
are you askin for a weather report a month in advance in the NW?! will let you know the morning of :lol: but really really hope so!! though some spectacular sunsets and sunrises would be pretty sweet as well :D so torn!!
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LAlight Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
oh I know...I have a feeling we'll be happy with whatever the weather, as long as it's not snowing! :fear:
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anjien Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
I love the running sky!
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
:D thank you so very much!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay. It's finally here. I have been waiting with baited breath for you to post this. You already know how much I love this one mate, but I'll say it again.....an exceptional star trail and a very, very, very good first attempt. :thumbsup: If this is what you can do first time out I can't wait to see what else you can do in the future.

oh, and Thank you very much for the shout out. I glad I can inspire you back and it's my pleasure.
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
my apologies for the wait ;) truly appreciate the kind, Greg..means much coming from the night sky master :D

and my pleasure :highfive:
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db-imagery Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Photographer
:iconwowplz:..well worth the wait!!...such an awesome choice for your first scene...just loving the backdrop!!..and the horizontal spin is crazy!!...i even like the line from the cloud intrusion..amazingly good stuff, addam!!..congrats on a winner first time out..most eager for the next round!:eager:!


..and thanks for the nod...any help and motivation came back twicefold, from the joy derived from just seeing this madness:w00t:
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
:aww: youre a very good teacher my friend! so very appreciative of the gracious comment..thanks buddy!! :)

my pleasure and glad to hear :highfive:
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TRunna Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Oooooh! Sooo sweet! Beautiful job. Well worth the long cold night! And then the drive home.
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
:blushes: thanks so much..very happy to hear! :)
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TRunna Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
you're welcome! :)
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mo-ten Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow..amazing one....
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
thank you very much :)
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mo-ten Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ur welcome :)
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ragnaice Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa... :wow: It makes me feel like my head is spinning... oh, wait, maybe that's just the world =P
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
:lol: thank you!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
nicely done. :clap:
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
thank you very much, Dennis..truly grateful :)
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