Startrail - First Attempt

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Tried out a startrail in my back yard last since it was clear. I'm pretty happy with the results.

In case anybody is wondering, the photo is a composite of 200 consecutive 30-second exposures at f/4.

SergioMonsalve, Melanie::Ann, and 10 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. City Eyes 51 months ago | reply

    Thanks to both of you!

  2. leroypk 51 months ago | reply

    Looks nice. I like the use of the trees to add some perspective. My question would be why f/4 and not a smaller aperture with longer exposure? (I'm actually surprised by the depth of field that you achieved at f/4.)

  3. City Eyes 51 months ago | reply

    To be honest, I took this with ease in mind because I had no idea if it was going to come out properly our not.

    I set everything manually until the first exposure looked good and modeled the rest of the shots off of that first successful one.

    The max exposure that I can set my camera for automatically (i.e. without a release cord or physically holding down the shutter myself) is 30 seconds. I would have loved to push it just a bit smaller, but I couldn't do so without sitting there for the full two hours and manually exposing every image in the set. I thought about jacking up the ISO a bit, but I didn't want to risk much more noise given the fact I was using a smaller sensor.

    When I get my personal camera back, I might push the ISO a bit more so that I can shoot at a smaller aperture.

    Thanks for commenting, by the way!

  4. leroypk 51 months ago | reply

    I wouldn't risk the ISO change. Like I said, I'm surprised at the amount of DOF at this aperture. Had the trees lost their focus, then you'd have a problem. As the saying goes, don't argue with success.

  5. City Eyes 51 months ago | reply

    Very true. I'll probably experiment with the equation a bit since my camera can definitely handle at least a tiny bump in ISO, but I was definitely happy overall with the result. Can't wait to try it on a clear night at the beach in summer.

  6. Blue Calx 51 months ago | reply

    Beautiful job, especially for a first try! I'm a big fan of the trees.

  7. City Eyes 50 months ago | reply

    Thanks, blue!

  8. dax46407 49 months ago | reply

    this is awesome

  9. Akshay Charegaonkar 49 months ago | reply

    Very nice shot! What software did you use to stack your images? I've heard good things about Startrails.

  10. City Eyes 49 months ago | reply

    I used Startrails and it worked wonderfully! It really is an excellent program.

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