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Star Trails Photography

It's time for some star trails photography... and for the only time as photographers, let's hope there are no clouds :)

We'll meet at the EMARAT gas station on Maliha Road (S116/E102) at 9:00pm on Thursday the 3rd of October, and then we will drive to our destination at 10:00pm sharp.

If you can offer a ride, or if you need a lift, mention in the comments where you are, so you can coordinate with other members.

Need help finding us? Call the EPyC hotline: 052 9288432.

What to bring:
- Wide angle Lens (max 24mm)
- Very stable tripod
- Shutter release cable/ Intervelometer
- Fully charged camera battery
- Empty memory card
- Flashlight
- Snacks
- Water bottles
- Picnic chair

What to expect:
- 5-10 minute walk in a rocky location
- A lot of stars (crossing our fingers for a clear sky)
- Wonderful opportunity to socialize and exchange photography tips
- A great time

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- Email: [masked]
- Or just post your questions in the comments below

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  • Hani J

    come on people.. Post your processed shots.. don't be lazy..

    even if the results weren't as you expected, please share.. we will all learn from each others successful and failed attempts..

    1 · October 4, 2013

    • Jason

      Same here busy weekend, I still have to move the pics to the comp

      October 5, 2013

    • Huzaifa

      Will try an upload one tonight....no star trail though couldn't get the interval shutter setting right....

      October 5, 2013

  • Nicole

    the visibility looks not that great.

    October 3, 2013

    • Jason

      And it was a clear sky... amazing night

      October 4, 2013

    • Scott Ws L

      i learnt that we can't judge the sky just by looking up.. The light pollution in the city is terrible.. once we got to the location, it was just a stunning view..

      October 4, 2013

  • Hani J

    "Basic" steps I use for stacking the startrails shots:

    01- Import Shots to Lightoom
    02- Postprocess 1st shot
    03- Sync settings with all other trails shots
    04- if shot are RAW export as JPG
    05- Download, Install, and Open StarStaX
    06- Drag and Drop all shots to StarStaX
    07- Click on Edit->Preferences
    08- Chenge the blending mode on the right side preferences navigation to "Gap Filling"
    09- Click on Start Processing button (4th from top left)
    10- When done Click on the save botton (3rd from top left)
    11- I apply some final touches on the stacked Image; such as color correction, sharpness, noise reduction, etc.
    12- I post my image on the event's meetup page :)

    Note: Depends on your computer's processing power the stacking process can take from a couple of minutes up to more than an hour..

    2 · October 4, 2013

    • Faraj

      Thanks hani for the tip

      October 4, 2013

    • Hani J

      you can download StarStaX (freeware) from this link http://www.markus-enz...­

      Click on download starstax, then choose a version for your platform (Win,Mac OSX,Linux)

      October 4, 2013

  • Faraj

    My images didn't come sharp. Still I learn something new. It was good experience. A new place to see. Jason thank you for your lens. Without that I will not come to know what is start trail about. My images didn't come well. But now I know how to take a start trail

    2 · October 4, 2013

    • Hani J

      this is the spirit.. :)

      October 4, 2013

  • Hani J

    All the photographers who are coming from Dubai.. I suggest taking E611 Emirates Road (Ex. Bypass Road) to the meeting point to avoid Sharjah traffic.

    October 3, 2013

    • Hani J

      I just received a traffic report from EPyC's amazing Nitin.. apparently there's a lot of traffic on E611 so please make sure to leave earlier than planned. see you there :)

      October 3, 2013

    • Jason

      What traffic... I left barsha at 9 pm n reached the first checkpoint in half hour...

      October 4, 2013

  • Scott Ws L

    Good morning guys! ZzZzzZz

    2 · October 4, 2013

    • Silvia

      morning!!! Really nice meeting you last night!

      1 · October 4, 2013

  • Nik

    Can't wait to see your photos. Nice too meet u all, it was good night out, without hang over!!

    5 · October 4, 2013

    • Hani J

      it's always nice to lay back and shoot startrails every once in a while.. glad you enjoyed it and thank you for joining..

      1 · October 4, 2013

    • Jason

      Nik you are my role model... you have inspired me... I am getting a bean bag and sheesha next time...

      1 · October 4, 2013

  • Jason

    Just a thought... how many of you could get a photograph of the yeti?

    1 · October 4, 2013

    • Hani J

      it was really dark we couldn't spot you :)

      October 4, 2013

  • Huzaifa

    Sorry had to leave earlier than expected...my tripod got jammed so it was stuck in one position only :-\… @ Hani....the place was awesome....if you would please whatsapp me the GPS coordinates that would be great, my number[masked], thanks.....

    October 4, 2013

  • Faraj

    Guys is anyone has a sphere canon wide angle lens. Because my lens start giving problem. I have only 50mm lens.

    October 3, 2013

  • Girish

    Hi, anyone coming from burdubai/ Diera / Karama..need a car lift..

    October 3, 2013

    • Ashraf Munib J.

      Girish bring your hard disk ;)

      October 3, 2013

    • Girish

      Hani.. I got a car lift. . If any one coming from burdubai. . Cal me @[masked]

      1 · October 3, 2013

  • Silvia

    hi everyone! I am joining in the last minute! :) and my first time to meet you all!. So, hopefully I can recognise you... I will be there in the emarat petrol station at 9pm. So, I call Hani, right? 050-2933771. So excited to take pictures :)))

    1 · October 3, 2013

    • Hani J

      Great.. see you at the meeting point.. for any directions please call me (Hani)

      October 3, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Sorry something came up

    October 3, 2013

    • Hani J

      ohh.. sorry..

      October 3, 2013

  • Scott Ws L

    how many RedBulls do i need? =p

    October 3, 2013

    • Hani J

      A looooooot... usually 1 at the start, 1 in the middle, and 3rd and last one just to get you back home.. :)

      October 3, 2013

  • Ahmed W K.

    Hi,
    Wanted to know if someone is going from Dubai? I don't have a car , let me know if I can tag along with someone? I will be in discovery gardens area - will be coming from Abu Dhabi :(...

    October 2, 2013

    • Scott Ws L

      can we go together guys? I want to go too but don't want to be driving alone.. i have a tiny car and from Discovery Gardens so who would like to car pool, please Whatsapp me at[masked]
      Cheers,
      Scott

      October 3, 2013

    • Amgad F.

      am sorry buddy can't make it. got stuck at work :(

      October 3, 2013

  • Sujay

    I am traveling from discovery garden... If someone needs a lift surrounding of discovery garden buzz me on 0553919119...

    2 · October 3, 2013

  • Nicole

    Anyone starting from downtown? do I need a 4x4?

    October 3, 2013

    • Huzaifa

      I have a friend coming in from Meadows.... I could ask him to pick you up :-)

      October 3, 2013

    • Hani J

      no need for a 4x4.. the location is easily accessible by any car

      October 3, 2013

  • ASHRAFKA

    I will miss this good opportunity. will see next time all the best

    October 3, 2013

    • Hani J

      too bad.. hopefully you can join next time..

      October 3, 2013

  • Mohamed S.

    does anyone have a spare shutter release cable for canon ? :P

    October 1, 2013

    • Nicole

      I have one for canon. will bring it.

      1 · October 3, 2013

    • Mohamed S.

      Hi, thank you guys. sorry guys, i cant join. something came up. in between. :(

      October 3, 2013

  • JZ A.

    Something for inspiration.
    http://500px.com/Hakka/sets/startrails2

    3 · October 2, 2013

    • JZ A.

      No worries Kertu! will catch u later ... Good season has just begun :)

      October 2, 2013

    • ASHRAFKA

      good one

      October 3, 2013

  • Nik

    Just need to buy shutter release !!

    1 · October 1, 2013

    • Jason

      Invest in the intervalometer ... more useful for timelapse and star trail photography

      October 2, 2013

    • Hani J

      for startrails a shutter release cable will be more than enough.. if you want to invest in an intervalometer it's even better since it can used for timelapse photography

      October 3, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Ohh yes please havent been out shooting in ages and definately need to brush up on my star trails or rather learn how the heck to do them!

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My release cable is working with all camera except mine :(....
    Can i get the pick up from Dubai mall.....

    October 3, 2013

  • JZ A.

    The map has been updated. If anyone had any confusion before that showed 3 meeting points at the top link. Have a look again!. If still not sure, Kindly reply here. Lets have fun tomorrow :)

    October 2, 2013

  • srikant v.

    by what time we are planning to return??

    October 1, 2013

    • Hani J

      we need around 3 hours of shooting to get a nice startrails result.. so I believe between 2:30 and 3am we should wrap up

      October 2, 2013

  • sumair p.

    I am not here

    October 2, 2013

  • srikant v.

    I am willing to join. I stay in international city Dubai & relatively new to this place. I request if any one can give a lift to the said location.

    October 1, 2013

  • Huzaifa

    a suggestion to the organizer....

    i came across this interesting article >> http://bit.ly/198pFNz << after the Perseid Meteor Shower for dark skies...

    i feel that the hatta or the RAK spot would be worth checking out...

    September 29, 2013

    • Hani J

      Thank you Huzaifa for sharing such a valuable article.. however, we cannot schedule a meetup to an unvisited location without scouting it first (especially for night photography). we must ensure the safety and well-being of the members joining the meetup. But I promise you I will scout the locations and schedule something really soon. and finally, the location on Maleha road is brilliant and it's really really dark.. let's cross our fingers and hope for a clear night.. :)

      September 29, 2013

    • Huzaifa

      No worries, I understand.....if you do decide to scout on a later date during the weekends, let me know...would like to join in if you don't mind...

      September 30, 2013

  • Amgad F.

    Am not sure if i got clearly or not, is there 3 meeting points and they will move to the final place we will shoot at !!

    September 29, 2013

    • Hani J

      There's only one meeting point which is Maleha Rd. Emarat station

      September 29, 2013

  • Lee D.

    I'm assuming we are dealing with regular roads and a regular car will do to get to the location....can you confirm please?

    September 29, 2013

    • Hani J

      Any car will do.. no off-road driving required.. however, we need to do some off-road walking..

      September 29, 2013

  • Rada A.

    Where's the destination?

    September 29, 2013

    • Hani J

      Hello Rada.. the location is on Maleha road.. maybe around 35min from Sharjah

      September 29, 2013

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