Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 01/27/2012


Photo taken on January 25, 2012




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star trails
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Star Trails La Geria Lanzarote

Star Trails La Geria Lanzarote
The Shot

This will be the last Star Trails shot for a while as the Moon now starts to be up during the evenings.
This shot was fairly unplanned. I was coming back from the El Golfo coast where I took some sunset shots. As usual I was travelling by bicycle and decided on the way back to return on the quiet El Geria road rather than the busy main road along the coast. I noticed that the clouds were clearing and a good star field was visible. I unpacked the Tripod from the bike rack and camera from the panniers and set up in a Restaurant car park.

The main coast resorts are to the south, shielded a little by mountains and I think the light from there lighted up the clouds a little as well as from the town in the picture. The main light on the horizon is from the small town of Tinajo to the North. Brightening the Star Trails did the same for the light and the clouds but I liked the effect so left it that way.

I used my Android Smartphone with Google Sky Map App to locate the North Star, Polaris and point the Camera in that direction.

I started at about 8.50 with exposures of 30 seconds for 50 minutes so 100 exposures. It was a little less than this as I removed some exposures where there was flare from passing cars. These were few at this time, about 1 every few minutes and I covered the lens when they passed but didn’t get all of it.

The foreground scene is partially lit partly by the light from a house out of shot to the left and partly from passing cars.

Note there is no Exif info for this shot as the Startrails stacking software removes it.
- Sony A700.
- ISO 800, f5.6, 30 seconds, 10mm.
- Sigma 10-20 lens.
- Tripod.
- Wireless Shutter Release
For more detail on shooting Star Trails see my recent image at www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/6719044531/
Photoshop

For the Star Trails the stacking software works on jpegs which are then saved as a Tiff.

After opening in Photoshop general adjustments in levels and curves to increase lightness and contrast and bring up more star trails.

Vibrance increased 27 points

Brightness increased 45 points


Layers flattened before going on to sharpening .

First duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

Another duplicate layers was brought up to first apply Topaz DeNoise at a very strong level. Then another layer for Topaz Adjust Vibrance presets, Detail strong 2 with some adjustments to further bring out the Star Trails.

Filter Dust and scratches was used to remove some light spots.

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