Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 02/18/2013


Photo taken on February 10, 2013



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Crater Gap Star Trails

Crater Gap Star Trails
The Shot
Another visit to my favourite Star Trails crater Montana Cuervo near Masdache, Lanzarote. Unlike the others taken from the Crater Floor this is taken looking out through the gap in the rim.

My trip here involves regular bicycle rides as well as photography for which I brought with me my custom bicycle used for these tours. Usually for Star Trails I would ride the 10 miles from the local resort to this location with the Tripod strapped to the rack and camera and padding in a pannier.

For this trip I decided to combine a day ride to the caves to the north of the Island for pictures there and timed it to get direct to the crater just before sunset. After 65 miles and 4000 ft worth of hills climbed I was feeling a little tired and indeed nearly fell asleep while the star trails were being taken.

I used my Interval Timer and set the camera at ISO 200 and bulb and the timer at 1 minute 59 seconds with a 1 second gap between exposures and aperture at f3.5. I set the timer for 1 hour 44 minutes. I was able to use all the exposures in the image as a strong wind directly towards the camera stopped any condensation forming.

I locked the Tripod in one place, well pushed the legs down in the regolith. The foreground image was taken as an HDR while there was still some light.

With the camera in the same place the star trail images were started when it was dark enough. The final blended star trails image was pasted as a selection into the HDR landscape.

The light pollution is from a nearby small town. This is minor compared with the light from the resorts to the south luckily hidden behind me.

A small meteor has been caught in the top right, probably the size of a grain of sand and quickly burning up.

The picture was taken with a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Samyang Fisheye lens at 8 mm.

Full details of the processing together with before and after images and more information about taking Star Trails images are on my Blog see Edwin Jones Photography Blog
For Galleries, Prints and Licences see Edwin Jones Photography

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Comments
Blackpaw
Blackpaw
or maybe I like this one the most...?! Very cool:)
15 months ago.
Jelle Schuurmans
Jelle Schuurmans
Amazing location, cool shot!
15 months ago.
Mari Ward-Foster
Mari Ward-Foster
Sensational!
15 months ago.