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Moonlit Startrails



Startrails shot after a total lunar eclipse

Startrails shot after a total lunar eclipse
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johnk83776 PRO+
 
johnk83776 March 03, 2017
Definitely a cut above the usual star trails. Might I ask how long of exposures you used, and how many you did?
mattdomonkos
 
mattdomonkos May 05, 2017
Really enjoy what you did here!

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Behind The Lens

Location
Pakiri Regional Park, Pakiri
Time
8 October 2014 – 9 October 2014 from 11:54 PM
Lighting
Usually, it's hard to capture startrails and nicely lit foreground, but when there is a total lunar eclipse, you can start exposing for the stars and then as the moon comes out of eclipse, the foreground starts to light up. This way you get the best of both worlds (Stars and well lit foregrund)
Equipment
I used a Samyang 24mm f1.4 Lens on Canon 6D. I used a normal tripod and intervalometer to capture the frames.
Inspiration
The moon was too high to capture it with the foreground, so i decided to shoot a timelapse, which would show the surrounding brightening up as the moon comes out of eclipse. I went home and put the images together and instead of a timelapse, i liked the startrails more.
Editing
Yes, No images goes without post processing. I stacked all the images in StarStax to create startrails and added basic curves and colour adjustment in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
I carry Canon 6D, Samyang 24mm f1.4 Lens, Canon 50mm f1.8 Lens, Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Lens, CLS Filter, Intervalometer and a tripod.
Feedback
When capturing startrails, it is very important to frame the shot with an awesome foreground. Startrails aren't any good by themselves. Also, as this image was shot during an eclipse, you will end up having frames that are overexposed or close to it, but that is ok, as all the dark frames at start when stacked will balance the light.

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