Wanda Krack  

Star Trails by Wanda Krack

June 2022 - Star Trails

About the Image(s)

Camera Info: ISO 1600, 14mm focal length, manual mode, 1024 seconds speed (17-minute exposure), F-8

The night skies have been dark recently, so I have been shooting the stars and milky way. This night (5/28/22, at 9:49 pm), I decided to attempt a star trails shot, pointing the camera in the general direction of north. Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of reflective type light in the far distance, adding to some security lighting that a few houses on the other side of the field have, making the lower right corner of the photo overexposed with a color cast. I did some dodging and burning in post, as well as some minor adjustments in camera raw, making this image a possible salvage. With similar shots at night, I find myself using the trial and error method the most, although I do have standard starting camera settings for shooting the milky way. Clear skies and no moon at night are special this time of year!

4 comments posted

Deborah Milburn   Deborah Milburn
I like to shoot the night sky but I don't do it often. Well done with the star trails!   Posted: 06/12/2022 13:08:30

Steve Jacobs   Steve Jacobs
Thank you for the tech info. Star trails are on my bucket list to do. Very nice!   Posted: 06/19/2022 10:03:37

Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
Thank you for your positive responses. I am lucky to live in a part of the country (SE) that has relatively dark skies. This was shot near my house. I do have woods all around, so it's not easy to have an interesting foreground in the night sky images. I realize that the darkest skies in our country are in the West. Lots of ambient light just about everywhere in the East!   Posted: 06/19/2022 10:57:48
TJ McGovern   TJ McGovern
Sadly, unless you live in a really remote area, you have to travel further and further all the time, even in the West, to avoid light pollution. Where we live, after moving in about 16 years ago, my new neighbor remarked: "You can see the Milky Way!!" Since then, everyone has yard lights and solar lights all around their houses that glow brightly all night, and even the glow from town 8 miles away makes it more difficult to see the wonder that is our universe.   Posted: 06/19/2022 12:05:57


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