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Venus, Jupiter and The Moon



Vincent Miu took Runner-Up in the 2009 Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest, Earth & Space category, with this entry.

I imagine it's a long exposure shot grafted onto a single shot, but I'm not sure.  Anyone know how he achieved this beautiful result?

Link | Link to the Grand Winner

If I had to guess, I'd say that he did it in a single exposure by taking a long exposure then covered the lens with a black card/lens cap, waited a few minutes, uncovered it a few seconds for the single exposure of the heavenly bodies, and closed his shutter.

At least, that's what I would do if I were trying to recreate this effect.
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It is obviously at least partially fake, since a long exposure would at least have the light trails come up all the way to the edge of the objects. Please...

Nice try though.

Jill
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Trianglehead, thats a nice idea but prolly not the way he did it ... It would have added way to much noise if it was a Digi...

Jill.. :facepalm:

Dude.. Posible.. most likely .. not... its an easy shot if u practice with other stars...

The way i figure he did it was a dual long exposures sandwiched ... Most DSLRs and SLRs have the option to combine several shots in the same frame...

So basically he took one shot (prolly calculated times with other celestial bodies he had shot before) then took the 2nd shot for less (less is kinda an understatement here) time on top of the first...

BTW. im in no way undermining the beauty of the shot... Photography needs not be complicated to achieve results as most ppl would make you think...
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I don't agree with photo shop idea. Other people photographed the same phenomenom with different results. I'm going with time lapse, especially after reading the photographers capture of the satellite. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/12/081202-venus-jupiter-photo.html this is another "photo shop"?
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First, short exposure (~2-10 seconds) with aperture fairly open to capture moon, Venus and Jupiter as well as remaining twilight and background. Wait about 15 minutes for twilight to fade then stop down to small aperture, open shutter until bodies set. This will capture the apparent movement (streaks) of the moon and planets over time. Note streaks on land where vehicle movement is captured also.
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It's not photoshop. This contest was put on by the Greenwich Observatory, and they're not fools. Two of my photos were shortlisted for the very same contest.

The way you do a shot like this is to set your camera to take non-stop exposures of about 10-25 seconds/piece. You then stack them on top of each other using a program called "Startrails".

It's easy to do, but time-consuming. The weather also has to cooperate (My camera nearly broke because of the humidity one night).

Not photoshop.

So stop calling "fake" like this was ebaumsworld.
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It is not simple time exposure because other star trails would become visible, not to mention a greater washout of the sky from light pollution, and there is obvious multiple exposure involved to separate the trails from the image of all three on their own.

What is less certain is if there is a certain aperture iso perhaps focus as well, to allow the moon and planets of that magnitude to make that trail as a time exposure, without exposing other startrails in the process
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