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#1 Roderick

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 08:30 AM

20 sec., f4, ISO 360, 24mm.

The plan was to head up to the hills and shot the milky way.

"The best laid plans of mice and men..."

For some reason I imagined that a half moon would have no effect on the project.  Clearly I'd lost my mind.

But it gets worse.

What was a crystal clear sky when I left home rapidly started to cloud over.  And then I broke a leg off my tripod..... :blink:

I regret mocking that leprechaun all those years ago.

Before fleeing the sub-zero temperatures and the horrible, horrible moonlight I put the camera on the car boot and took this looking west.

The con trail popped out during PP.

:rolleyes:

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 10:44 AM

I always expect clouds when I plan any sort of night star shooting, seem to follow me around.

 

But breaking a pod leg, OuCh!


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Posted 28 December 2017 - 11:22 AM

Looks like a great test shot Rod.  You have some cool stars on the top right, some nice soft clouds and an evening city-scape that would look cool if it was in focus with the light trails of the cars.  I think it's probably better to break the leg on your tripod than to break your leg on the tripod.  Looks like a good start.  Now you have a good excuse to get a new tripod! 


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Posted 28 December 2017 - 12:12 PM

The movement in the clouds in pretty nice.  I do with the foreground where in focus. Its been pretty cold here as of late which would make for some fine stargazing with my telescope unfortunately the clouds have been giving a big 'ol middle finger to that plan.

 

What kind of tripod did you have and how in the hell did you manage to break a leg off?



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Posted 28 December 2017 - 01:34 PM

Think the whole broken tripod thing is a set-up excuse to buy new kit.... Nice patterns and mix of light Rod.



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Posted 28 December 2017 - 01:48 PM

Agreed, the focus is terrible.  I was at to infinity in anticipation of milky way action.  I raised the exposure on the foreground in LR and on reflection, it was a bad idea.  Still. It was only practice....

David, the dead tripod was a Velbon Victory 250. which had a nice pan head.  I was given it fro free by a friend who had a better one.

As for how the breakage happened, I would have to say, in the presence of my lawyer, that it came at me with a gun and it gave me no choice.... :ph34r:

Somehow the aluminium leg, (yep, that's how we spell it), broke off at the hinge.  I'm thinking that the cold temperature weakened it somehow, or more likely, it was just a crap tripod.

I will get a shot of the Milky Way even if I have to kill a hundred tripods....

 

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