First ever star trail photo!
Details of this shot:
- 1 exposure for the foreground @ 12mm, f4, ISO 400, for 30 seconds with some light painted with my headlamp on the shed.
- 72 photos shot continuous after that with the same settings, minus the light painting. For a total of 1 1/2 hours of shooting.
- 1 shot with lens cap... on for a totally black shot to be used later.
72 photos and black shot loaded into a program appropriately called "Startrails" After building the photo, loaded into photoshop CS3 to mask in the light painted shed exposure.
A few tips and things to remember for me next time.
1. Turn off long image noise reduction if using this method, if you zoom in on the photo you can see spaces inbetween the trails. Using the pure black exposure takes care of noise reduction.
2. Explore areas before dark!
3. Would have liked to have shot this at a different angle so that the roof peak pointed directly at the north star. There was a refinery behind the barn on the right, on the left there was a cell phone tower behind the barn, and farther left out of the frame, some farmhouses.
4. Get a remote that locks! It was a lot of trouble to keep pressing the button on the remote after every exposure for an hour and a half.
A nice little treat was while exposing the 30 second images and sitting in the field behind my camera, the northern lights made a faint appearance which captured really well.
If I can shrink the file size of the video I made with these shots, I will upload that as well. Right now it is at 170MB