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Star trails over Cyprus

Star trails over Cyprus 

If you have never seen a patterned shot like this before one can be forgiven for asking "what am I seeing?" No, it is not a giant kaleidoscope nor big Ferris wheel but rather hundreds of bright stars in the black sky. As our planet revolves around its north south polar axis, then so looking from our planet, the stars move around the Stella NS axis too. As Cyprus is in the Northern Hemisphere, all the stars seem to revolve around our northern star: Polaris, which is aligned to our North Pole . Polaris is indeed in the centre of this circle. In practice, this shot is made up of 150 separate twenty second exposure photos of the stars, all on an unmoved tripod pointing to the star Polaris. The 150 photos are then layered on top of each other (stacked) resulting in actually seeing here the circular motion of our stars. The foreground is part of the very rocky and dried clay coastline.
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Thanks to Steve Paxton for his invaluable help in me capturing and creating this.

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11 comments - The latest ones
TOZ club
Hi Herb it's a lot of photos to stack nice Image will have to have a go. Along way to go to catch up with Steve.
Regards TOZ.
17 months ago.
Herb Riddle club has replied to TOZ club
Hi Toz, its all a bit of a job to do. I was fortunate to get a seat to while away the 1.5 hours of taking this and it was relatively warm. I had tried first of all to do this nearer home on a very cold night and after 30 or so minutes had to give up as I was freezing cold. It ended up with about 45 photos but it was not really good enough. This demonstrates the effect better but I wish I had found a better foreground object. For me, in reality, still a test run and posted here for interest and maybe promoting someone else to try it. Maybe you!
Have fun, Herb
17 months ago.
Steve Paxton club has replied to Herb Riddle club
All this is all about trying to get some one else to give it a go and to offer the help so the person feels comfortable doing it as well. Still a magical effect no matter what and well worth the time to have more than one string to you bow.............. Toz I am just the same as Herb with a few more year practice not better but have a better understanding how to set up the total shot.
17 months ago.
LutzP club
It is quite interesting that you can see the different colors of the stars much better. Well done Herb
17 months ago.
Herb Riddle club has replied to LutzP club
Thanks Lutz. Yes, as we look up to the stars we can see that they are different colours and this trail shot demonstrates that too. Thanks for calling, Herb
17 months ago.
uwschu club
Schöne Arbeit, die sich gelohnt hat.
Gruß Uwe
17 months ago.
Herb Riddle club has replied to uwschu club
Thank you Uwe. Yes it was well worth it in my opinion too.
Best Wishes, Herb
17 months ago.
 L. L. Wall
L. L. Wall club
... a magnetic shot ... well done and well produced ...

(and no pesky jet planes photobombing the many exposures?)
17 months ago. Edited 17 months ago.
Herb Riddle club has replied to L. L. Wall club
Thanks for this my friend. Not too many night planes around this part of Cyprus in Winter, thank goodness. A first real successful attempt at this type of thing. The first of many perhaps.
Cheers, Herb
17 months ago.
Gudrun club
This is very well done, like Lutz I find the different colours of the stars quite striking! I have never tried to do this....
17 months ago.
Herb Riddle club has replied to Gudrun club
Thanks Gudrun -yes the different colours are a bonus here. A stout tripod, timer and patience is all that is required to take these. You must try someday! Herb
17 months ago.

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