Dean Ginther  

Star Trail by Dean Ginther

September 2021 - Star Trail

About the Image(s)

I took the attached star trail image a couple of weeks ago overlooking the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes NP, which is about an hour away from our house. The image is actually the result of a stack of about 20 images which were post processed in PS as layers. Each individual image was a 2 and one half minute exposure;14mm Sony 1.8 lens on a tripod.

12 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Oh, I'm soooo jealous you got to shoot a star trail! I've been wanting to learn how! I like that you have Lake Michigan in the background and the dune is a different color. I don't know how you would make the star trails more prominent, but that's what I'd like to see to make it a bit stronger.

I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana, half the year, about six hours from Big Bear so maybe we can shoot sometime when Covid dies down in a year or two. I've never been there! Looks amazing!   Posted: 09/06/2021 19:22:42

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
If you ever come up this way, let me know. However, you can shoot star trails from you back yard. The below horizon foreground may not be very interesting, but you can learn the process and then apply it elsewhere. Let me know if I can help.   Posted: 09/06/2021 19:25:54

Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Dean good one, yes I know what you are saying. I have done just that. Taken a shot and placed the stars behind it. I do like the complete circle and the focus. I always find it difficult to get the stars sharp. Well done.   Posted: 09/07/2021 04:24:28
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Yes, focusing in the dark is not easy.   Posted: 09/07/2021 15:06:42

John Kelly   John Kelly
(Group 88)
Just looking at some other groups for September and came across your photo. I must complement you on a really
nice star trail photo.   Posted: 09/09/2021 21:04:50
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks John.   Posted: 09/10/2021 12:41:49

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Everything works well for you here. The star trail is well done and you are showing just enough foreground to make it interesting.
  Posted: 09/10/2021 12:38:39

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Good job, Dean. The star trails are well done. You have a good foreground image that is well lit which adds to the overall image. the lake is also a plus.   Posted: 09/12/2021 14:06:44
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Candy.   Posted: 09/12/2021 14:17:57
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Candy.   Posted: 09/12/2021 14:17:59

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Dean,
Nice image and leading line towards the North star. I dabbled with star trails also. I personally like to have my exposures at 30 sec or so + stack 75 to 90 images. It gives shorter trails and a bit more filling.
Fun thing to do and will always raise questions when people are looking at these images.
What I personally find difficult is to have a leading foreground. Excellent work.   Posted: 09/12/2021 14:38:19

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Pierre. Yes, shorter exposure and more images will work too. There was a full moon when I took that image so I didn't have to layer two images to get both in good exposure.   Posted: 09/12/2021 17:47:03


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