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Stars Around the Secret Tree



Trip out with J B's Photography to the Old dead tree on the North Wales Coast. Had a giggle as always although we took a wrong turn on the way back, 40 minutes ...
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Trip out with J B's Photography to the Old dead tree on the North Wales Coast. Had a giggle as always although we took a wrong turn on the way back, 40 minutes in the dark walking around cow-sheep fields looking for the path was an adventure...

184 images stacked using StarStax
10mm f4
15 seconds ISO 1600

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3 Comments | Report
jenniferhouston
 
jenniferhouston November 08, 2015
WOW!!
artmoore
 
artmoore November 08, 2015
great photo a lot to learn
LCons
 
LCons March 03, 2018
Great star trail positioning!

Behind The Lens

Location
The shot was taken in Tal-Y-Bont near Bangor, North Wales. A friend and I decided to go out late one evening to find this amazing tree. All was fine until we decided to pack up an come home. What should have taken 10 minutes to get back to the cars ended in US wandering around to almost an hour through cow fields in the dark.
Time
We arrived about 23:30 and stayed for around 2 hours
Lighting
Always take a torch and plan out where your going, it's so easy to get lost in the dark ;)
Equipment
I'm a Sony man and I had the opportunity to try before you by through my local camera shop as I couldn't decide between the old A77 and its replacement the A77ii. This shot was taken using the Sony A77, Sony 16-50mm f2.8 at 16mm with manfroto tripod and remote release.
Inspiration
I've seen image during sunrise and sunset at this location but never at night. Initially I went to check out the location but with clear sky and little light pollution behind the tree the opportunity was too good to miss.
Editing
Very little really, I stacked the images using star stax software then opened in camera raw to adjust the white balance and noise reduction.
In my camera bag
I always end up wanting the thing I leave so now I pack everything. Sony A77ii with battery grin and spare battery's. 2 wide angle lens: Sony 16-50mm f2.8 and the Sigma 10-20mm f4. One telephoto, the Tameron 70-300mm f4-5.6 and finally the Sony Sam 50mm f1.7 prime. Other items in my bag and a must for this kind of photography is a shutter release, this is a stacked image or over 150 shots with a shutter speed of 30 seconds. Spare memory cards, flash guns and a torch are always in there too
Feedback
Find a dark area, away from street lights and other light pollution. Wrap up warn as even in summer the temperature can drop and your going to be out there for a while. Settings wise depends on the lens I choose. The rule that if you devide 500/focal length this will give you the shutter speed you can achieve before trailing begins, this is essential for me as quite often I create a time lapse as well as the star trail image. So shooting @16mm (500/16=30) therefore I'll usually go for 25 seconds, aperture will be at f2.8 then adapter the the ISO to gain the correct exposure, usually between 400-1600. Lastly focus, for this kind of image I set the camera to manual focal and set the focus ring to infinity.

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