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Ad Astra by justeline Ad Astra by justeline
ALTERNATIVE PRINT (the one without me) AVAILABLE HERE: Ad Astra


I have everywhere sought,
and nowhere found
So I lift the bleedin' bodkin
And trust the grief deepest in

Arcturus, Ad Astra [link]


ad astra (/ad a⋅stra/)= to the stars

That’s just me. Sometimes things happen all around me, seasons change, the world moves on, people move on or out around me and I just stay static, clueless and ignorant. Sometimes I open my eyes and move along. Sometimes I even find myself in the lead even if I was too slow to take the first step. I’m afraid of changes. But they have always turned out for the best.

One thing I realized during those hours while we sat there looking at the light of the stars, that light from the past, was the definition of contentment: watching at the shooting stars I could think of nothing to wish for. Everything I needed was right there with me, everything that really mattered was already true…


About the Shot (please read before you ask if this is a manipulation)

Trying star trail photography had been in our plans for quite some time. After browsing through various tutorials explaining how the “stacking multiple exposures” method was done we decided to follow this one [link] I just needed 30 four minute shots and one shot where the foreground was illuminated with a flashlight to serve as the base onto which the other 30 shots would be stacked in lighten mode. The only things essential (well, besides the right technical equipment and an mp3 player) were patience and a good company. Check and CHECK!

Anyway, during the whole process I had the idea to take an alternative base shot, where I would be part of the foreground to record the true memory of that night which we spent sitting comfortably (?) among those rocks, waiting for our cameras to record a movement we couldn’t see. I posed for half the time of that exposure (yes I managed to stay still for 2 whole minutes resisting the urge to scratch my nose, open my eyes or make a face to *KirlianCamera who illuminated the scene and me with his flashlight while constantly teasing me) which explains why my knee –being backlit- looks semi-transparent.

When the time came to stack the photos up I did both versions (with and without me as a base layer) and, for reasons already explained to those who have read the intro, this version acquired a more symbolic meaning in my eyes, plus it looked a bit more unusual since I haven’t seen a star trail photo which included a human (?) presence in it. If you think you could forgive a transgression to the “never post different versions of the same image” rule of mine, I think I may submit the “Justelene-less” version too at some point in the future. Till then, join me in this trip AD ASTRA! :hug:

PS I know I don’t look my best but after 3 hours of being windblown, collecting particles of chalk-dust I could have looked much worse! And I’m really grateful I remembered to remove Kozy’s jacket before I took my place in the frame otherwise I’d have to submit the photo in the “Humorous” section :rofl:

Location: Sarakiniko, Milos island, Greece

tech stuff

*Settings for the base photograph*

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X AF Pro DX @12mm
Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 240 sec
ISO: 200


*Settings for the 30 star trails photographs*

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X AF Pro DX @12mm
Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 240 sec
ISO: 400

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:iconbryanfox177:
bryanfox177 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2017
Damn! I tried doing something like this before but it didn't come out as good as this!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Professional Photographer
I'm sure next time will be the charm Bryan! Welcome to DA! :-)
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D4V3-L Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017
Whoa.
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timmainsson Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
I remember trying to find ways to avoid this from happening LOL  I had to build a little turn table that would spin just slow enough to cancel out the earths affect  I never thought of using it as creatively as you have.  Lovely work.
This reminds me of the music from Transoceanic  youtu.be/G5fUAgRR9nQ
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StefanFG Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Amazing picture! Question, to take 30 different 4 min shots, did you time them on your own using BULB setting, or set your camera to take intervals? I can't get my Nikon d5100 to take interval shots longer than 30".
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:iconfalkeura:
Falkeura Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Very well done!
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:iconmisbahashmi:
misbahashmi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Wow! good job dear
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very late but many thanks dear, really glad you like it!
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:iconzepdiggity:
zepdiggity Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
i love it! it represents, to me a mental state while stargazing!
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
SO cool.
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This brilliant photo has been featured in my latest journal [link] :D
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:iconfracturedsensuality:
FracturedSensuality Featured By Owner May 24, 2011   Photographer
And the result is well worth the effort. Thank you for taking the time to write the info in as well.
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:iconamdphreak:
AMDphreak Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
You could manage to do a 4 minute exposure at f/4 and ISO 400? how dark was it? that seems really dark.
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:iconmystik-rider:
Mystik-Rider Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Excellent shot, Justeline! and thanks for the info, very helpfull. I might try this some day... night. ;) :clap:
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:iconblack-amber:
black-amber Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I've featured some of your work here: [link] Thank you for inspiration!
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:iconnyx2857:
Nyx2857 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Wow! How did you make the sky like that?
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
It's the orbit of the stars as recorded after two hours! I explain everything in the description, there's a link on the tutorial I followed there too :)
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:iconhikester:
hikester Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Great idea and very well done!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Very glad you like it Justin, many thanks! :)
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:iconflyy1:
Flyy1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this deviation in my journal...
[link]

Hope you don't mind.
:)
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much Erik! :)
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:iconflyy1:
Flyy1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome!!
:)
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gwrhino Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
yeah, the dust. thats the reason....jeez...look at these #'s ( - "rock star")
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Oh, come on... seems you found the picture that supports your nickname of me...
Thanks Mr Rhino, never been called a rock star before. I like it! *grins*
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gwrhino Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
now justeline, I don't believe we need to be that formal. but lets face the facts. my best gets 4 comments. You lie on a rock and become a household name on half a continent.....how much are the posters going for?
gw
(its true, sometimes I just crack myself up)
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
lol, yeah as if I would sell posters with my majesty on the rocks. Nope, the print available for sale is just the conspicuously shaped rock with the trails!
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:icongwrhino:
gwrhino Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
...majesty? (scoobydoo ear perk) really? have we stepped up from rock star? oh my, how the legend grows...

whats up? anything to show? going anywhere cool? (I am, but I don't want to make you feel bad so I won't say where....) ((oh yeah, I am evil...))
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
eeeerm, no actually, I prefer rock star but it didn't fit the sentence. And you're making me sound vain, but you should know that success hasn't changed me a bit. I never refuse an autograph to my multitudes of fans :rofl:

I have another shipwreck to show... no wait, you don't like shipwrecks... I fooled around a bit with an infrared camera...even tried some macro... Actually we went on a mini trip recently but the light wasn't so generous to us (again) and as always I haven't even downloaded my photos to my PC to review them properly, maybe this weekend... And I'm already envious of where you're going even if I have no clue where that might be. (?????)
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gwrhino Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
hey, you set yourself up for that one. and we said on my last (disastrous) workshop to west Texas - "if you not pitching, you're catching" thats a baseball allusion, that being European you probably won't get, but being an obnoxious yank, I'm going to use it anyway. I mean, you knew who Meatyard was; I've learned not underestimate you.

You are, in fact, royalty/rock star to me. Just lighten up a little when you decide to get married

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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
yeah, stupid me, I did
And European or not I've watched more than my fair share of American movies to finally get a grasp of that baseball thing to know what you mean *stupid I'm-so-proud-of-me-grin*
Hmmm, married... done that once, loved the experience but I found out the hard way that you can't be a rock star to your spouse for long... sooner or later they see you for what you are... bummer:(
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Burning-Liquid Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011   Photographer
Really well done:)
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:iconburning-liquid:
Burning-Liquid Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011   Photographer
Really well done:)
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much Fernando, very glad you like it :)
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Solrac1993 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow :wow: Fantastic!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Many thanks Carlos, very glad you like it! :)
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prettyflour Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured in my journal!

[link]
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you Cindi!
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HighKey58 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Stunning! Flash Remote Control in your left hand?
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! Well, no, I don't have a wireless remote control :)
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:iconhighkey58:
HighKey58 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Thx, for responding.

If you like have a look here --> [link]
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:iconniwai:
niwai Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This one is really nice! Never seen a star trail with someone in it :O Nicely done and innovative! :D
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you Elias! The alternative shot is this one [link] but I chose to upload this one here for that reason, start trail shots with people in them are not very common. Glad you like it! :)
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:iconniwai:
niwai Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep, I definitely like the one with you on the rocks better! Gives the picture life and awesomeness! :D
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BogdanCh Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice :clap:
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
So glad you like it Bogdan, thank you so much! :)
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obscurityimages Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
This has to be my favorite star trails photo. Such a great job. I'm dying to get out and try this myself, but there isn't a clear night in the forecast for a long time.
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
So glad you like it so much Kent, hope the skies clear up for you real soon! :)
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:iconastranat:
Astranat Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
wow! it's more that fantastic!!!! :faint: :heart:..
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
So glad you like it Natalia, many thanks! :)
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:iconastranat:
Astranat Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
;) :dalove:
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