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** Check out our new South East Queensland Meetup group here
** David and I are planning a star trails workshop, see here
and I have visited this place a few times. I've been itching for good star trail weather, and tonight felt right, so I headed out for some test shots.
I've worked out a few new techniques, and I put them to the test tonight.
I love shooting the night sky, watching the dusk turn into night, listening to my camera shutter click every 30 seconds.
I used a range of exposures and ISO settings tonight, there are around 40 images in this stack, and I was lucky enough to get a passing plane ;)
- Canon 50D.
- ISO 200/400, f5.6, 30 seconds, 10mm.
- Sigma 10-20 lens.
- 40 images stacked in Photoshop 6.0.
- Saturation, dodging and burning in Lightroom 2.0
- Stock moon added in Photoshop 6.0.Tips
- Arrive early, bring a compass or iPhone, to help find the south CP or north star.
- Setup gear while its still light, get your comp and wait.
- Shoot test shots, check light, make sure you can see the first stars.
- Wait for that perfect moment, then stat the exposure.
- Bring a torch, so you can find you way back to car after dark.
- Shoot with a friend.