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Urban Sky And The Symphony Disguise

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** David and I are planning a star trails workshop, see here **

 

About

 

Matt 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 ;)

 

Enjoy.

 

- Canon 50D.

- ISO 200/400, f5.6, 30 seconds, 10mm.

- Sigma 10-20 lens.

- Tripod.

 

Processing

 

- 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.

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Taken on January 20, 2010