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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-27
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Exposure: f/3.5
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Heavens Above, Star Trails, Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-25 4:55
Viewed: 9691
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the most fun subjects for me- photographing the star trails. Been trying that for 2 years, here is one of the photos I can consider uploading. It was exposed for about 2,5 hours at ISO 100, f/3.5 .

For my friends who are celebrating; I wish you a Merry Christmas and also I wish you all a Happy New Year

Thanks for looking

Exposure Time: ~2,5 hours
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 10 mm
Metering Mode: Average
Tripod + Canon RS-80N3 Remote Switch

Some links about photographing Star trails;





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To rousettus: tskSelenE 1 12-26 07:43
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Merhaba Selen hanım, muhteşem...
Size de mutluluk,sağlık ve başarılı bir yeni yıl diliyorum.

Hi Selen!

Many thanks for this beautiful and outstanding picture! Your patience and perseverance get well recompensed! I also would like to thank you for your kind wishes and hope that all your wishes will come true in the new year.

Kind regards


Merhaba Selen hanım,
Bu aralar çok yoğun olduğum için internet imkanı bulamıyorum,
Çok güzel birçalışma olmuş.
Harika bir görsellik arz ediyor.
Elinize sağlık.

Woooow, Selen, I've never seen such a shot - it's amazing. I don't know what's going on at the sky during such a time, but that shot is fantastic, thanks.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

I was pleasantly surprised when I clicked on the thumbnail. The star trails are really cool and the light on the rocks makes this image special! Nice work!

I hope 2009 brings with it lots more great photo ops.

Evelynn : )

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-25 7:00]
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Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Benim de denemek istediğim çok güzel bir çalışma olmuş.Hakikaten gözlere hitap ediyor.
Kayaları aydınlatmak için fener,araba farı gibi bir şey kullandınız mı?
Sizin de Yeni Yılınız Kutlu Olsun,umarım tüm hayallerinizi gerçekleştirebileceğiniz bir 2009 yaşarsınız.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-25 7:34]

Hello Selen,
Very special photo. Never seen and very beautiful. Excellent composition. Thank you very much for your kind wishes and all the best for the new year,

hello Selene!
amazing shot with exaggerated time of exposure...but the result is fantastic!!
my compliments and merry Christmas

Merhaba Selen, fantastic Christmas card with splendid mountain landcape, amazing effect of stars by very long exposure, superb composition, very well done, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, ciao Silvio

beautiful composition Selen!
amazing capture!

Merhaba Selen,
spettacolare immagine catturata come una vera esperta di fotografia astronomica, eccellente impatto visivo; tanti auguri di Buone Feste e Felice Anno Nuovo a te e ai tuoi familiari.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-25 9:56]

Hi Selen . I hope you are having a nice day and a happy New Year to you. This is a fantastic night picture. An exposure time of 2.5 hours . Did you stay out with the camera all that time. Very efective. wel ldone TFS.

Hello Selen,

Excellent work.
Fantastic composition with great details.
Lighting and colours are splendid.


Hello Selen,
Something between science and science fiction:-)
I was thinking about Star Trek...on Christmas Day:-)
It's great to see that after 2 hours you still got a picture with no big noise issues and with an attractive mountain light...
Definitely something else...
Well done and Merry Christmas.

Hi Selen ,
So nice work.
A perfect sky shot.Very well cptured.
TFS and kind regards

A very nice photo for the occasion Selen, don't know how you zeroed on Polaris so precisely but well done indeed my friend. Wish you a Happy and Productive New Year too!

Merhaba my dear friend Selen,
Excellent image to capture this brilliant star Trails, it's hard but you had made it in a perfect way! my compliment for the job well done! I loved it very much!!
in here I sincerely wishing you and family
friend Tony

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-25 12:59]

merhaba selen hanım
bu özel anı başarılı bir teknikle bizlere sunmuşsunuz
güzel bir yeni yıl hediyesi hem de
vertigolular fazla bakmasın :)
elinize sağlık

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-25 13:05]

Hello Selen
Wonderfully composed and exposed. The scene is very interesting as well. Great work.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Selen,
Excellent capture of this beautiful Star Trail; great POV and composition, sharp details and great lighting.
Best Wishes!

inanamıyorum, 2.5 saatlik bir pozlama süresi. amma harika bir sonuç, mükemmel. elinize sağlık Selen hanım.
çekime başladığınız saati de çok merak ediyorum. sanırım sabahın ilk ışıklarıyla bitmiş.
Yılbaşı kutlaması için tam biçilmiş kaftan cinsinden kutlama kartı. elinize sağlık. size de yeni yılda sağlık, mutluluk ve güzel günler diliyorum. sağlıcakla kalın selamlar.
Not: başlık için teşekkürler.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2008-12-25 16:14]

Hello Selen
it's absolutely a great shot
Happy new year

Hey there purty lady! What a nice time lapse-ish thing to do...I have always been fascinated by the notion but I have not the patience..and sometimes I forget...to get the camera back right on time. I takes the patince of a Saint! Credentials you have eh?

Hello Selen

It is spectacular.
I really like the POV.
Wonderfully composed ,the effect is terrific.
My hat is off to you.


selen merhaba,
sıradışı olmuş ellerine sağlık

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-12-25 22:59]

Dear Selen,
WOW! I have never seen anything like this. Hats off to you mam.This is fantasic. A beautiful 'heavenly' Xmas gift, i should say.:)
Thanks for the share and wish you a great Xmas holidays.
looking forward to more of these,

Günaydın Selen Hanım;
"Dünya dönüyor sen ne dersen de,
yıllar geçiyor farketmesende"
şarkısı ile ne güzel izlenir.Gökyüzünü,yldızların karedeki çizimlerini buraya aktardığınız için teşekkürler.Kendiliğinden,müdahalesiz bir ışıkla boyama.Süperrr.İyi Yıllar :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-26 0:04]

Thanks Selen and a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2009 to you too!
I don't know how you did it but it is a remarkable achievement and the effect of shooting stars around the Pole Star is great with the night sky lighting showing the mountainous horizon.
Well done and TFS,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-26 0:38]

Hi Selen and Merry Christmas!

Ahh...so this is what Santa guides its route in the world by... :))
This is an impeccable shot of startrails! I've been wanting to capture some good ones, too, but still didn't manage to do so yet.
However, you photo acts as a good example, especially for the technical part.
The extra long shutter speed has helped you get the lovely arch trajectory of the stars but also some much needed light on the landscape - with its rocks and trees.
I know you shot this at ISO 100, but i'm curious how noisy was the actual picture (because i know how sensors heat up at such long shutter speeds).
Anyway, a truly wonderful result!

I hope you had a great Christmas together with your loved ones and i wish you only the best for the next year!

Cheers and TFS

Selen merhaba ,
Çok güzel bir çalışma olmuş .
İyi yıllar dilerim .

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-12-26 1:24]

Bonjour Selen, very nice composition and perfect exposure. I like the bg with mountains. Happy new year, best regards, Didier.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-12-26 2:31]

Espléndida larga expoición,
finos detalles e idea...
Feliz año nuevo amiga.
saludos Selen

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-12-26 3:09]

Merry Christmas my friend!

Beautifull shot! I love astronomy and this picture is really great. Clear sky and perfectly exposured mountains. Great work. BTW - I'm going to buy small telescope tomorrow so I hope I'll send few astro pictures too.

Hi Selen,
una foto muy adecuada para éstas fechas, muy bien ejecutada y compuesta. Felicidades.
Saludos cordiales.

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  • Metin Silver Star Critiquer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 16] (176)
  • [2008-12-27 3:58]

Selam Selen
I remembered 'Kabe' with this very impressive photo ...an mystical origin and muslims are around it so we can see same special situations in every where ..have a great weekend

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-27 7:15]

Hello Selen,
What an amazing capture of these star trails!
The darkness and the light on the rocks makes it look quite magical - great for a children's story book! Most impressive and I love the colours!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-27 7:36]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Bu ne muhteşem bir kayıt böyle! Ornitofotografi dışındaki çalışmalarınız da gerçektem büyüleyici. Bu kadar uzun pozlamayla kaydedilmiş çok az kare gördüm ama bu gerçekten enfes olmuş. Muhteşem bir yeniyıl kartı. Sizin de Yeni Yılınız kutlu olsun. Yeni yıldaki karelerinizi şimdiden merak ediyorum. Sağlıkla kalın.


Hi Selen,
This is still high on my list of to do. But haven't found the time, location and weather for it yet. This acts as a good example and surely an inspirational.
You managed to control the noise very good, but there are some spots were it is present. I've written about a different technique to get a noise free result. Maybe its of interest to you as well. Here is the path to the forum: http://www.treknature.com/read.php?f=1&t=115226&m=153512


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-12-28 11:15]

Merhaba Selen hanım nefis bir poz olmuş hayranlıkla izledim ellerinize sağlık.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-28 14:32]

Hi Selen,
this is a fantastic shot!!!
Very good exposure.
This is one of the best star-trail shots I've ever seen!

Very well done,

p.s I hope you had a great Christmas!

Dear Selen,
Incredible dazzling photograph of night sky shows your patience & tremendous potentials in the field of photography. Unique star trails & excellent extra terrestrial foreground. TFS.

hello Selen

I was about to think this is very much UE when I looked at the thumbnail but the full view changed my mind when I see your intention with the capture of sky effect.

This is incredible result of 2.5hrs to show such a truly circular motion effect on the galaxy stars and the mountain view is visible although slightly UE in exposure. I like the work for this kind of nature.

Happy 2009 to you.

tfs, bill

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-31 9:42]

Hi Selen

Amazing shot. I would love to try this but I live too close to Gatwick Airport to get a dark sky. You have the perfect star trails along with a stunning mountain scene to add interest and scale.

All the best for 2009


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-31 18:19]

Hello Selen,
Happy New Year, what a wonderful image and star trails. This is a great achievement as all things have to be perfect and they were. Thanks for all your great work in 2008.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-01 3:23]

Dear Selene,
Thank you so mcuh for your wishes...
I have no knowledge of this genre of photography, but i have to admit this amazes and intrigues me and i look at this shot in awe....so much so that it is "unforgettable" a presentation for me and i hence i would love to add this to my "unforgettable theme".

Thank you for sharing this memmorable capture and Wish You A Healthy and Peaceful 2009

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2009-01-01 16:26]

Hi Selen
Fantastic composition and effects with nice POV.
Perfect exposure and just enough light to highlite the landscape..Well timed
Very Happy new year.
tfs jon.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-04 10:45]

Hi Selen.
Happy New Year to you too. Very attractive picture and kind of shooting. What did you do during exposure time? :))) Pictured place and star trails are sweet. My kind regards and TFS.

Hi Selen,
This is excellent - Wonders never cease!
I've wanted to try this myself, but never have. You've made it grand with this FG & comp, that's half the battle.
So thanks so much for the ammunition with the provided links..I have no excuse now.
You've pointed one in the right direction. Now if I can just find that star at the center I'll be in business ;}

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2009-01-07 12:15]

Hello Selen! Have a great new year yourself my friend! What a fabulous result you got there, incredibly well done! Thanks!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-01-08 5:33]

Hi Selen
Sorry I had miss that great composition.This is an outstanding image.
Happy new year and TFS Michel

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2009-01-09 8:48]

Merhaba Selen Hanım!
Şahane bir netice elde etmişsiniz! Yıldızlar kadar kayalık tepelere vuran ışık da son derece ilgi çekici. Elinize sağlık.

Hello Selen
Very nice capture, good sharpness and natural colors, excellent exposure time.

Merhaba Selen,
Well, I must said I didn't see this on time...
This is a pretty amazing picture, very inspiring and motivating.
So interesting the circular path followed by the stars, I will check it out the links you've provided in the notes.
Hope you have had happy holidays,
My best regards,

Hello Selen! Excellen art work. Perfect composition. Ideal shot. Great effect. Good luck!

Hola Selen,
Fantástica composición, es un magnífico y bello trabajo. Aunque con un poco de retraso, también te deseo mucha felicidad para este año que estamos comenzando. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

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