Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 10/17/2012


Photo taken on October 14, 2012



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Fisheyed Urban Star Trails

Fisheyed Urban Star Trails
The Shot

This was taken last Sunday 14 October from my back garden and is similar to 2 others I took earlier in the year. For this one I wanted to try it with my Fisheye Lens. One thing I did notice was that the stars seemed clearer and with less noise although that could have been a clearer sky. It was one of the few clear nights of late in-between the rain.

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 15 minutes due to condensation on the lens building up and causing flare from the neighbour’s lights. This is a really big advantage of blending a number of exposures for Star Trails rather than one long exposure. I went back in the house and left the Camera and timer to it during the exposures.

The images were stacked in Startrails.exe. During the exposures neighbours switched on and off lights so an exposure with a darker foreground was used with a layer mask for the foreground area. The trails were enhanced in Topaz and Photoshop.

Full details of the settings and processing together with before and after images are on my Blog see Edwin Jones Photography Blog

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