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It's an age since I submitted here....apologies.

Although I've hardly been shooting landscapes (it's wedding season now) I've still got lots of work that I should add to my gallery here.

Anyway, here's my most recent landscape. Taken last week about an hour after sunset. The lack of clouds made it a boring sunset, but perfect for shooting the stars in the nights sky.

This is Castelejo beach, which I've photographed many times before. On Portugal's protected south west coast, it's a long way from any built up areas and has less light pollution than many beaches in the Algarve. I was completely alone on the beach when I took this, there probably wasn't anyone else within kilometers of me. No mobile reception, just the dark sky, the stars and the noise of the ocean.

I worked by torchlight, composing and focusing by taking practice shots as most of the details in this shot weren't visible to the naked eye - I couldn't see the rock, couldn't see the yellow light (which is ambient light from a few towns further up the coast).

To record this light, the camera is set to a high ISO and the aperture is wide open.

17mm
ISO 1100
60s
f2.8
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DsyneGrafix Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning! You are Very Talented!
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aangvento Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
The stars... the sun! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
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luc1401 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome!
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Veox1 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.
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doctoryanko Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice!
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:iconmcmistress:
McMistress Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing.
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Dance0927 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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fyredrgn Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. Peaceful.
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MJWilliam Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:faint:
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yeleme Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
wow!!! amazing! i love your job
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:iconpollinate:
pollinate Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
This is so beautiful I almost can't take it. I need to visit this place someday.
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AdrianaFilip Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Featured here: [link]
:meow:
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gurustu Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
pure gold yet again, man
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JulienKraakman Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've always found it hard to photograph the stars without showing their movement (I don't like the stripes, I rather have dots) but yours succeed brilliant. It's a real wakeup to hear the yellow light is from the towns in stead of the sun! Well, great shot again :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Thanks a lit Julien
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amaranth333 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What an amazing experience! It is rare to have the opportunity to see such a magnificent night sky! This is breathtaking!!!!!!!!
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shelleyytamaraa Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, look at those stars :aww:
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Burning-Liquid Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011   Photographer
Superb sky! Must have been really clear that night?!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Yeah, it was a lovely night. Thanks a lot
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Burning-Liquid Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011   Photographer
most welcome sir
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vendoritza Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for sharing the details about how you took the shot. I always wondered if I need a better camera/extra gear or not to make such sky photographs.
And then the answer is ....yes... I need something more to get to 60 s.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
You need a camera with good high ISO performance and a fast lens (f2.8 or more)
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JindrichLisy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome shot!
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MineralPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
beautiful
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thankyou
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KeremGo Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning work! Are you using those special tripods to avoid star streaks?
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thanks a lot. No special tripod....with a wide angle lens you won't get star trails at exposures of a minute or less
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Dernon88 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
NICE PIECE OF photo Fantastic WOrk :eyepopping:
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DevUmt Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
what time was it overthere
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Ako8 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's very beautiful
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islandtime Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Beautiful work Andy and the details behind the shot make it even more interesting
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Thanks Viktoria :-)
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pariah87 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
:worship:
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Giovanny11 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
kick ass! sooo nice :) perfectly done...
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ricardoforna Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artist
Absolutely magnificent shot. Just a curiosity, however: how did you managed the 60 second exposure? Shutter release cable? Other?
(I've tried shooting stars this summer but the 30 second limit on the camera wasn't helping. And I wasn't going to press the damn button for 1 minute. My hands shake too much)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Thanks again. The 30 second shutter comes from putting the camera in "bulb" mode (not all cameras have this) which means you open the shutter stays open for as long as the button is held down. I use a cable release as well, which has a switch that keeps the shutter button open, and it also has a digital counter to measure the time.
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ricardoforna Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Artist
Well, yes, but what I was trying to know was if the cable is essential in the bulb mode (pressing the camera button during a whole minute - or more - seems a sure way to invite vibration-induced blur into the photo). And, just a curiosity, have you an idea on how much would one of those cables cost? Up until now I've only saw the most basic cables/remotes, with just a button and nothing resembling a timer.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
I've just checked, and you use a D90, right?
I don't think there's a Nikon cable release for the D90 with a timer (the D300/700/3 all have a different kind of connector pin for the cable release).
But the timers a luxury really..you can just as easily use your watch, or just count it off yourself...what's most important is that the cable release has a shutter lock button for bulb mode, which this [link] does. I used to use it all the time with my D80 for long exposures
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ricardoforna Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Artist
Just my luck nikon decided to change things in the d90... The timer would be useful for another thing I always wanted to try: time-lapse videos.
Oh well, I guess I'll have to work with what's available.
Thank you for your help.
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Very nice Andy
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Thanks loads
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NoVacation Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Photographer
Andy! you are wonderful.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Yeah, I know :D
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NoVacation Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Photographer
and so humble (;
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lunas-brightlight Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Beautiful work and so interesting that you couldn't see rock and the light. Very very cool!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Thanks loads
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Gekk0u Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Just pure beauty! Nice job!! :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Thanks loads
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XxJebsxX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is a truely amazing shot. Instant fav.
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TheDevilWearsSkirts Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Forget Peter Lik: Please open up a retail store for yourself and make the millions you deserve. You work is astounding.

This kind of inspiration makes me want to quit product design and shoot landscapes again. This time, for ever.
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Camera Data

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NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D3
Shutter Speed
603/10 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
17 mm
ISO Speed
1100
Date Taken
Aug 25, 2011, 9:42:54 PM
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