Following on from yesterday’s post on chasing the dark … I tried my first star trail which involved stacking images together. Once again I was stuck at home so I had to take the images in the garden and I was really aware of the ambient light from windows and street lights, but you have got to try it to understand it… and to decide whether I want to try and experiment in different locations.
Equipment for tonight included:
- Camera on tripod – bulb mode
- Torch to focus on the fore ground for just a short period
- Shutter release cable which was programed to take 1 30 sec exposure, rest for 1 sec and then take another repeatedly.
My first photo looked like this:
This is my garden at night … there were lots of stars though. I then went on and took 12 more photos and merged them together to create a star trail. I thought before this would be complicated and beyond my skills but Andrew from Long Exposure.co.uk told us about a program he uses called Star Stax, which you can add the jpg’s do and it does the hard work for you.
I therefore took my raw images, processed them into jpgs and downloaded the program, installed it and had a go.
I then selected a different spot in my garden, I wanted a darker foreground and had another attempt. This time cause I was at home, I set up the tripod, popped indoors and had some cheese on toast and a cup of tea whilst my camera did the hard work. It took 91 images … and I merged them together and got this:
I so want to try this again. I have ideas for locations I would like to try and I know that I need to wrap on warm and take a flask or two. Andrew told us that to get the circle effect of a star trail we had to but Polaris in the centre of our nights sky… but I was limited by the location and surrounding buildings … it is also great to have something to aim for next time.
I am so glad that Andrew was invited along to my camera club, that I attended his presentation and that I took away the information he presented and gave it a try, and I am now looking forward to seeking out darker skies so I can try again.