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How To Shoot Star Trails Print

In the October 2011 issue of Outdoor Photographer there was an article entitled "How To Shoot Star Trails", which is also available on line here.

 

This article was disappointing to me, because it doesn't really tell you how to shoot star trails. It was particularly disappointing to my son-in-law Duane Cassone, because he had written to the magazine offering his white paper on the subject for the magazine's consideration. Duane's white paper (which is on my site here) actually does tell you how to shoot star trails, and in this article I will do the same, with some of my photos as examples of what you can expect.
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Star Trails Print

My son-in-law Duane did some extensive research on star trails photography before we went to Joshua Tree in October for the rock climbing trip with Christopher and other boys his age.  We fooled around with it on that trip (I failed miserably) and had to go back for another try.  This time, Duane had done even more research to solve the problem of power.  Our results were vastly improved.

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Special Situation Photography Print

Some things are more complicated than others--shooting fireworks and city lights, for example.  Usually, a good camera is required.  Because we don't do them very often, we often forget all that is involved.  Hence, this brief essay on some of those situations. 

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Safari Photography Print

 

Being a serious amateur photographer, going to Africa was a dream trip, albeit one over which I fretted a lot. I say again, a lot. When going to Africa to photograph on safari, there is much about which one can fret.

Anyway, I read numerous web articles about it, several of which were very helpful. I suggest that you read these:

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The Da Vinci Code Print

If you've seen The Da Vinci Code, you'll recall that Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveau, at the end of the movie, summed up their experience and said their goodbyes outside an old stone castle in the Scottish countryside.  We have vacationed in that castle--twice.

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New York Primer Print

I originally wrote this document for Bob and Barbara Fei, parents of my good friend and fraternity brother Jim Fei, when they were making arrangements to visit New York for an extended vacation.  They hadn't been there in 30 years.  In this letter, I wanted to give them some background on places to go that aren't in all the guidebooks, and some restaurants to visit, since I like food and have some favorites.  I've updated it since then.  Perhaps this will help you...

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Washington DC Print

Washington, DC is one of the world's great cities.  I travel there frequently and am usually able to arrange time to take photographs.  I always stayed at the Hotel Washington, across the street from the Treasury Department; it was the NCBFAAhome-away-from-home.  Sadly, the hotel was purchased by a Dubai sheik and it closed on January 1, 2008 for a two-year remodeling.  It reopened as a "W" hotel but it will never be the same.  

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United Kingdom Print

We have visited the U. K. several times and are very fond of the country and the people.  Our favorite way to visit is to rent places from The Landmark Trust, which is in the business of preserving historic buildings and renting them to travelers.  It's less expensive than most hotels and allows us to make breakfast, lunch and dinner (when we feel like it) in our own place.  We take day trips to surrounding places of interest.

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Kauai Primer Print

 If you've looked at any photographs on this site, or if you know us, you already know that we love Hawaii--Maui and Kauai in particular.  In this Kauai Primer, you'll learn a few things about going to Kauai, our style.

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Maui Primer Print

First, for purposes of knowing how we think, we always stay in Napili bay, and for years stayed at Napili Shores, a condo that is about 30 years old and is in Napili Bay.  Everything in Napili (which is quite small) is only two stories high so there isn’t the cluttered, high-rise feeling associated with other touristy areas. 

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Hawaii Print

Hawaii is one of our favorite places in the world.  It's as much a state of mind as it is a destination.  As soon as we step off the plane we start to relax, and as we drive to wherever we're staying we continue to unwind, and not long after that, we notice that we're always walking around with goofy smiles on our faces.

 

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Africa Print

Going to Africa was Sue’s dream for years and when Jennifer did so for three months in 1999, the dream started recurring more often. When Mark Comon at Paul’s Photo put together a photo adventure to Kenya, I wanted to go, but not without Sue, so we signed up.

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