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Star Trails in Woomelang

Last night I went out to get a star trail of the night sky over Woomelang.  The weather has been a bit crazy the last couple of days, but I had hoped that with the skies starting to clear that I might be able to get a good series of images that I could stack together to do a star trail.  While we could see the stars, we could also see that there were lots of clouds about, so I only tried for an hour.  When I saw the photos many of the stars were hidden by the clouds, so imagine my surprise when I did the stacking and saw this.

 

It seems the clouds didn’t matter. I wish I had stayed longer now.

This was only the second time I have attempted to do these.  They take so long and you really need to be somewhere where you can get a good foreground. I think I am going to have to start doing some camping, so I can take lots of and lots of these.  I can just set the camera up and take photos for a few hours, while I sleep in a tent.  That would be good.

The other issue is that you really don’t know what you are getting until you put them on the computer and see.  It is all trial and error and you spend a lot of time doing them, and then if you don’t get something right, then it is too late, you have wasted a couple of hours.

I don’t really know what I am doing, and still playing around, but I do know I want to try this some more. Woomelang and places around here are perfect for doing this, so I am going to have to keep trying when I come up.

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My first attempt at star trails down at Sorrento

Yesterday I went to Sorrento with a friend to take some photos, we started in the afternoon, had dinner and then headed back out in the dark.  I wanted to try getting some photos of the stars. and my friend wanted to try it for the first time.  I set my camera to take a series of photos.  I was taking 30 second exposures continuously for just over an hour.  While my camera was going I helped my friend take her photos and showed her how to do the photos.

My first attempt at star trails down at SorrentoIt didn’t work too well.  My camera moved somehow and it put the stars off.  If I do this again, I will need to do it for longer and will have to make sure my camera doesn’t move.

I am not totally disappointed with what I got, it is a good start, and I would like to try doing this again.  I do like that I was pointing in the right direction. Good to know that I did see the southern cross and that I followed it correctly.

I would like to do a lot more of this and I know that my friend will be more than happy to keep me company while my camera just goes off.  When I go to Woomelang I am definitely going to do more of this.  Though if I do them up there, I might do them for a couple of hours, and see how they turn out.

I do have to say that my laptop doesn’t cope well dealing with all the images together and with the stacking, it takes forever to do.  It slows my computer down so much, I really will have to get a new computer if I want to do this sort of thing for real.

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Some Tips on Photographing the Milky Way

leannecole-milkyway-pointleo-9768I showed some photos today on my main blog of the Milky Way, that I photographed last night and I have had quite a few people ask me what settings I used, so I thought I would do a quick post on what I did.

We traveled away from the city lights as much as possible, so were down on the coast.  We both had apps on our phones that would tell us where the milky way was, though you can kind of see it.

I used a Nikon D800 camera with a 14-24mm 2.8 lens.  Earlier in the day I tried to focus the lens for infinity, put tape on the lens and then turned the lens and camera onto manual focus.

The camera was mounted on a tripod and the lens was pointed in the direction I wanted.  I sent the mode to manual on the camera, put the aperture on f/2.8, the shutter speed on 30 seconds and the ISO on 6400.  Then I took some photos.  You do have to do stuff with the images on the computer, but you can do what you need to with Lightroom.

I did play around with the ISO and took some at 3200, some at 4000, but most of them were at 6400.

It is quite easy to do once the camera is set up, you just keep clicking.

Good luck.

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