Friday, September 3, 2010

Star trails...

Star trails are a fascinating part of photographing at night! I've been waiting for a chance to photograph stars on Florida's east coast, far away from the city lights of Orlando. The wind finally blew away most of the clouds that have been looming here the month of August. This created a perfect opportunity to shoot at night. I used a 14-24mm f/2.8 Nikon lens on my D3s, f/5.6, 30 seconds - setting the camera up for interval timer shooting. I also set a 16mm fisheye lens in the same vicinity. I've been experimenting a lot with interval shooting just for fun! Ideally, a clear night, little wind and a location away from city lights works to create a successful star trail image. I had a breezy night and a little light, however I'm happy with my first real star trail image!

If you are shooting, you might enjoy having your iPad with you to keep you company. This is going to take some time. You'll also need mosquito spray, a light jacket, flashlight, and something to keep the wild animals away too. I experimented with light painting later that evening, and there were way too many eyes out at the Indian River Lagoon. I'm really enjoying this app called "Star Walk" (screenshot below). You'll get an idea of the star patterns and hear some cool music as well. Happy Friday everyone - have a wonderful holiday weekend! Go photograph star trails tonight! ~ Deb