All week I was searching for a great sunset but mother nature just didn’t do her part. So after another flat colourless sunset on Saturday afternoon I was running short on time for getting the weeks image when I realised the lack of clouds during the sunset presented me with the chance to shoot an image I had pictured in my minds eye for a the past year. So this weeks lesson is that you should shot for the conditions you have and make the most of them.
Since a I was 12 I have been spellbind by star trail images and its a technique I have been working on over the past 2 years but I still have plenty to learn. Anyhow the skys were clear and after dinner I headed out to the Coffs Harbour Jetty to setup for a 2 hour star trail session. The technique I use is to take continues 30sec exposures then using a program called Startrails V1.1 that merges all of the images together. After that I mask in with photoshop the best foreground image from the set or I use another photo that I had changed specifically taken to make the best exposure.
Here are a few of my first ever star trail images and I think I have slowly been improving over the 2 years. Plenty more to come this year.
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