Star Trails

I decided to try some more star trails tonight, and this is what I got. It's taken from the driveway, down past most of the trees, and aimed roughly in the right direction.

The shot is slightly noisy due to the long exposure noise correction being turned off (due to impatience on my part).

The 50mm lens is way too narrow for this sort of shot, which would look much better a lot wider.

6 min 9 secs @ f/5.6, ISO 400.

Really should be seen as Large as you can :)

View all photos taken: Wednesday, 9th May 2007, This photo: 10:10pm

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  • photo by Alison said:
    wow, took me a second to realise the black shadows were trees! I wondered briefly about black holes and the like....

    I love how the stars are different colours! isn't the universe big? Makes me love the creator even more...
  • picsbymac said:
    Very cool David!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah I should have grabbed a strong torch and light-painted the nearest one.

    Not bad eh? :)
  • ~Prescott said:
    Really cool, the trees look ace, makes it look like an aussie sky :)

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    It is an Aussie sky... (wanders off mumbling about Mexicans...) ;-)
    Thanks, I need to get out west a bit further away from Brisbane's glow and try it with a wider lens and maybe some light painting of the foreground.
  • lakhesis said:
    wow, that's very cool!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) It's definitely fun playing around with long exposures, and star trails are fairly neat.
  • ~Prescott said:
    amigo, el cielo es abajo del sur agradable!

    Seen in my recent comments. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    No puedo oírte. Tengo un plátano en mi oído.

  • KennyWP said:
    Hmmm I'm going to have to try this at some stage :D
  • David de Groot said:
    Definitely worth it :)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    Cool :o)
    When I get my dSLR (some day in the not near future) I shall also try this out - hehe!
  • David de Groot said:
    When I track down a remote for the film SLR, I want to give a really long exposure a go - maybe an hour or two. dSLRs tend to get hot pixels after a max. of 20 mins. You can take multiple shots and combine them with some nifty software for the same effect.
    I've seen a shot of something like 95 fifteen second exposures layered and it looked pretty neat.