A couple weekends ago I went to Santa Barbara with my friends Jessup & Ryan to go stargazing in the mountains. Before-hand I read up on photographing star trails and re-learned the basics of manual photography. I’ve been living in automatic mode for years so it was a good refresher and exciting to tap back into the creativity that comes with manual mode. I tried two different methods that I had seen online; the first was multiple 30 second exposures stacked together afterward. I left the camera going for almost 30 minutes on it’s own by remote & tripod. The second method was one single long exposure. From this experience I prefer the single long exposure because it captured more light & color, plus the trails look softer.
From the multiple photos, I stacked the below together in Photoshop. The trails are more rough and the photo is dark. I didn’t bother removing the airplanes since I like the other photo better.
I’m not discounting the multiple exposures, because they allow you to make video of the stars moving. This is just something that I am going to have to play with more to really get a good handle on it.
And here is the constellation that I always look for…I only know how to find like three!