No they're not Stars

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Photo Info
UploadedOctober 2, 2009
TakenJune 16, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure1/50 sec at f/2.8
FlashCompulsory Flash
Focal Length60 mm
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It’s not an astronomical photo. I was trying to create that effect using the tiny bugs flying around, reflecting the flash off them and cigar smoke simulating stellar gas to create the effect.
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92 responses

  • Aelica

    Aelica (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    they're not but looks like stars! well done!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    Joe, thanks for the explanation. I thought you had captured the stars in rotation with a supernova added for effect. Interesting, to say the least.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    It's fun to play with effects. They do look like stars though. dp

  • Meggie Schwendemann

    Meggie Schwendemann gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    very nice painting :)

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    amazing and very clever

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    very creative. Wonderful capture.

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    Wow! Wonderfully creative and interesting to look at!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    This is so artistic, Joe!! I really thought I was seeing stars.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    Wow! I wish I had your creativity to think of something like this...I have not the slightest what I am going to use for this theme:) I am just enjoying everyone elses ingenious creations.

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    Mighty fine work Joe! You really did make it look like a star field!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    very creative, Joe! you almost fool me....Awesome result!!!!!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    With or without the explaination it's magical!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    This is very creative and effective a super painting Joe!!!!!!!!!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    Wonderful entry,,,love it

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    So Cool Joe!!! Great idea and execution

  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi said (2 Oct 2009):

    well, am afraid they're all out of orbit, haha

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    Brilliant, Joe. Super entry.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    Very beautiful, Joe! What a brilliant idea you came up with. This is a perfect photo for the theme! I have enjoyed this shot very, very much!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    This is so cool!!!!!!!!!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    WOW you win! :))

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    Brilliant, Joe!!!!!!!

  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (3 Oct 2009):

    Pretty cool shot and effect.

  • Alya Al Dhaheri

    Alya Al Dhaheri gave props (3 Oct 2009):

    Very creative! I love it!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (3 Oct 2009):

    VERY INTERESTING. Well done.

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (3 Oct 2009):

    brilliant!!! so creative!!!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (3 Oct 2009):

    Excellent Idea!

  • Michael Xiao

    Michael Xiao gave props (3 Oct 2009):

    Yes, very creative!!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (4 Oct 2009):


  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (4 Oct 2009):

    Creatively cool shot

  • Heaven Man

    Heaven Man gave props (4 Oct 2009):

    Great work Joe!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (4 Oct 2009):

    Yes, it's great!

  • Gary Rittermeyer

    Gary Rittermeyer (Deleted) gave props (4 Oct 2009):

    GREAT shot

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (4 Oct 2009):

    I love this Joe! Very clever indeed!

  • Jamie Nardoni

    Jamie Nardoni (Deleted) gave props (4 Oct 2009):

    so beautiful :)

  • Latrenia Bryant

    Latrenia Bryant gave props (4 Oct 2009):


  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (4 Oct 2009):

    Very creative........

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (5 Oct 2009):

    Oh wow!! Great woek great for the category!!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (5 Oct 2009):

    Very cool effect! R

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (5 Oct 2009):

    Good effect. And a cool pic

  • A F

    A F said (5 Oct 2009):

    "simulating stellar gas" - classic

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (5 Oct 2009):

    It's great either way!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (6 Oct 2009):

    So creative, this looks great in the light box!

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (6 Oct 2009):

    WOW!!! very creative

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (6 Oct 2009):

    Amazing in the lightbox, amazing entry too, love it...

  • Desiree Adams

    Desiree Adams gave props (6 Oct 2009):

    Awesome image and GR8 idea Joe!

  • ashley hamel

    ashley hamel said (7 Oct 2009):

    oo youre sneaky

  • Bermi Shutter

    Bermi Shutter gave props (7 Oct 2009):

    very cool!

  • Tori Lindo

    Tori Lindo gave props (7 Oct 2009):

    That is very cool & great idea, I would have never guessed!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (7 Oct 2009):

    Very creative!! Fantastic shot and entry!!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (7 Oct 2009):

    Cool shot. You succeeded in your astronomical simulation! Nice work.

  • Roberta

    Roberta (Deleted) gave props (8 Oct 2009):

    rocks socks!

  • Martin

    Martin said (8 Oct 2009):

    well done mate!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Oct 2009):

    Twilight Zone cool.

  • Matt.

    Matt. (Deleted) gave props (10 Oct 2009):

    Interesting Capture!

  • Amelia (amy) Quicke

    Amelia (amy) Quicke gave props (10 Oct 2009):

    so very cool....nice work

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (10 Oct 2009):

    Little Ziggy Stardust! Flash looking bugs Joe!! What a great effect!!

  • bonnie pelton

    bonnie pelton gave props (11 Oct 2009):


  • Jorge Aviles

    Jorge Aviles (Deleted) said (11 Oct 2009):

    If no title I would not Know

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (11 Oct 2009):

    incredibly creative!!! love it....

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (11 Oct 2009):

    Very creative, Joe!

  • Elaine Manley

    Elaine Manley (Deleted) gave props (13 Oct 2009):

    totally wonderful !

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (13 Oct 2009):

    great vision!

  • Lianne Stefurak

    Lianne Stefurak gave props (13 Oct 2009):

    Wonderful!!! and nicely executed.

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (14 Oct 2009):

    very cool!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (15 Oct 2009):

    But they really look like stars! Absolutely stunning shot!

  • Fried M. Khan

    Fried M. Khan gave props (18 Oct 2009):


  • Kim Pascu

    Kim Pascu gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    wow very cool

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (21 Oct 2009):

    Cool effect

  • Olgamaria Carcamo

    Olgamaria Carcamo gave props (21 Oct 2009):


  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley gave props (27 Oct 2009):

    So, so awesome.

  • Antje Woolum

    Antje Woolum (Deleted) gave props (6 Nov 2009):

    very clever!!!

  • ciara neikens

    ciara neikens gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    Oh my gosh, wonderful, even though its bugs and cigar smoke its still beautiful!

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (12 Nov 2009):

    Wow! Fabulous result Joe very creative well done!!

  • dana io

    dana io gave props (15 Nov 2009):

    this is great!

  • Meggie Schwendemann

    Meggie Schwendemann gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    Yes !!!!!!!!!!!! love this Photo !

  • Cindy Mikulski

    Cindy Mikulski gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    pretty cool!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    great effect

  • Michael Barletta

    Michael Barletta (Deleted) gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    love the creativity, great effect

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    A very unique and creative capture!!!!

  • marilu

    marilu (Deleted) gave props (21 Dec 2009):

    Excellent entry! Great work!

  • Laura Brown

    Laura Brown gave props (23 Dec 2009):

    You definately fooled me, great job!

  • Dilshad Aroos

    Dilshad Aroos (Deleted) gave props (23 Dec 2009):


  • NG

    NG gave props (28 Dec 2009):

    Creative idea!

  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    Pretty creative and cool image, looks like stars to me!

  • James Cole

    James Cole (Deleted) gave props (1 Jan 2010):

    Very cool had me fooled!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    Hi Joe, I thought that I had faved this before! good one!

  • Matt Granz

    Matt Granz gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    Cool Shot Joe!

  • Kristine T.

    Kristine T. said (27 Apr 2010):

    perfect shot!

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (16 Aug 2010):

    a lovely, celestial abstract, joe

  • Woj

    Woj (Deleted) gave props (4 Apr 2011):

    awesome work

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (31 Aug 2012):

    Experiment was a success.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (27 Apr 2013):

    Very interesting photo and narrative Joe!

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