Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 01/15/2013


Photo taken on January 10, 2013




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Crater Floor Star Trails [Explored #3 on 15 Jan 13]

Crater Floor Star Trails [Explored #3 on 15 Jan 13]
The Shot

One of my earliest attempts at Star Trails was taken from this crater in Lanzarote last year. Then there was a high wind and quite a few clouds around. This time it was a crystal clear sky with little wind. Another difference was using the fisheye lens to get more of the Crater Rim in the image which I think gives a more dramatic look

This was taken from the floor of the crater Montana Cuervo near Masdache, Lanzarote. It is not as well visited as many places on the Island. It requires an easy 20 minute flat walk on a footpath from the road to the base of the Crater. Round the right hand side there is a great gash in the Crater wall permitting easy access to the crater floor. There are large numbers of rocks scattered across the Crater floor.

I used my Interval Timer and set the camera at ISO 200 and bulb and the timer at 2 minutes at f3.5. I set the timer for 1 hour 45 minutes but did not use the last 30 minutes due to condensation on the lens building up. This is a really big advantage of blending a number of exposures for Star Trails rather than one long exposure.

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 came 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.

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
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