Bird Rock, 4am, last new moon.

This is my beach, my place, my home.

I’d always wanted to shoot star trails, and for a while had been waiting for the elements to line up (new moon, clear night, still, no work the next day etc…).

So this is my first attempt at it. 90 images, most at 30 second exposures and one 25 minute exposure thrown in for good measure. Images stacked and processed in photoshop and then lightroom.

The “cloud” on the left is the milky way galaxy, and the two small clouds on the right, the Magellan clouds.

Canon 7D, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11 mm.

Comments

  • S .
    S .almost 4 years ago

    wowwww… this is so awesome
    i m still waiting till all those factors align for me
    this is stunning though… worth all the effort

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesalmost 4 years ago

    I could stare at this all day. What a wonderful composite!

  • HELUA
    HELUAalmost 4 years ago

    Just wonderful!! Fabulous, nebulous!!!

  • sandra22
    sandra22almost 4 years ago

    oooooh this is wonderful Glen, the colours, the idea…nature hey?
    sandra

  • triggerfinger
    triggerfingeralmost 4 years ago

    Very hypnotic. Looks cool Glen.

  • SimplyRed
    SimplyRedalmost 4 years ago

    mesmerising image :)

  • ChrisCoombes
    ChrisCoombesalmost 4 years ago

    brilliant shot Glen. I have also wanted to try this but havent got around to trying it yet…or know how to really. I hadnt thought of the multiple exposures layered. How long did you wait between each 30sec exposure?

  • thanks Chris – longer answer to your question in the comments below!

    cheers.

    – Glen Barton

  • Andrew Dickman
    Andrew Dickmanalmost 4 years ago

    Well done Glen

  • Glen Barton
    Glen Bartonalmost 4 years ago

    Thanks for the words of encouragement folks!

    Chris, I set my camera on slow multi fire, and then just locked the cable release open, so it pretty much just did it continuously. maybe every 5 minutes or so I’d release the cable lock to let the sensor rest for about 20 seconds then keep going. I did do one long exposure though, so that I had enough exposure on the cliffs, but this one also brought with it a fair bit of noise. Maybe I could have done light painting with a torch on the cliffs instead. We’ll see what happens with the next one!

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillaralmost 4 years ago

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