I’ve wanted to try star trail photography for some time, simply to have it at my disposal as a technique to use, should I feel the desire. Turns out it’s not terribly difficult, just incredibly particular and rather finicky to set up.
I read some online articles here and here, as well as the applicable sections of my camera manual and handbook. Then I took all the information and patched it into a plan of sorts. Here’s the first result and I’m rather pleased.
The slight reddish spots in the upper left-hand corner are due to the headlights of a car pulling into the drive just as I was finishing up.
Specs and notes:
- 17 minute exposure
- Polaris-centred (the star in the middle is the North Star)
- tripod used
- remote shutter release used, with camera set on “bulb” (this means it starts taking the photo when you…
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