- Digital darkroom
- Lower Eel-Brook, Yarmouth County, NS. Canada
- Olympus E-510
- So, got this awesome Photoshop Action that stacks multiple exposures (available at http://starcircleacademy.com/getstacking/) and decided to give it a whirl. Got up at 4am to go shoot at my first planned site but street lights and the orientation of the Milky Way was proving to be troublesome. So, plan B. Went to another location about 5 miles away and I knew that there were absolutely no chance of street lights or light pollution from nearby communities.
I was blessed with a crisp clear sky, fairly warm temps of only -4 C and dead calm - no wind what-so-ever.
This is a compilation of 35 images each taken at 60 seconds. For a total of 35 minute exposure.
ISO was 1600
Shutter speed 60 sec
14mm Zuiko lens
The only thing I didn't plan for was light painting. It was so dark the chapel didn't render much detail and I wanted something more than just a silhouette so I used my on camera flash for one frame. It made a rather bright area directly in front of me on the ground so I had to create an adjustment layer in PS to darken that area.
So my very first of hopefully many to come star trail images.
In retrospect I should have gone there at 2 am to get a longer trail as by the time I was done the sun was staring to come up.
- night long exposure star trails Chappel
To @CurtPhoto812, @johndunkle and @jvittek. Here is a revision based upon your suggestions.
Didn't do a crop but opted to burn the bright area of the grass in the foreground. Should have brought my off camera flash or at least a flash light to do the light painting of the chapel, poor planning on my part.
I also went over the image with a fine toothed comb and cleaned up the noise (almost pixel by pixel). too a while but I'm happy with the result.
Thanks again you guys for the great suggestions. I have since had this printed and all I can say is Holy Crap on a Cracker, I am very pleased with the result. this will be hanging in the Waterfront Gallery in Yarmouth NS in time for all the American tourists that will be visiting because of the new ferry we have linking Portland ME to Yarmouth NS.
1 19 April 2014
Keith - this is just stunning.. Well done...! While I've never tried this type of image - yours is stunning - bravo!... I really like that the hub of the circular star pattern is at the top right of the image - it "flows" from there.. As well, I like the real lack of noise in an extended image - it's a testament to both the capture and the camera/sensor technology...Helpful 1 8 April 2014
A couple of nits - it may be the same that Joe is referencing as I don't see any noise, but - I do see some reversed pixels - moreso on the right in the grass area - and three on the right..?
Anyway - simply stunning..!
1 8 April 2014