Star Trails Over North Rim - Grand Canyon NP, Arizona
Nikon D5, 14-24mm, f/2.8, ISO 1240
This image was taken on my recent trip to the North Rim. Along with shooting the Milkyway, star trails are the ubiquitous subject at night. There are many techniques for collecting the light for later processing in Photoshop. In this case, the image is a compilation of 10 four minute exposures stacked together so it looked like a forty minute long exposure.
There are many challenges shooting this way, not the least are composition and focus. Both are problematic because you simple can’t see... it’s a guess until you start shooting. As hard as it is for us, it was practically impossible for film photographers because you couldn’t see tests out in the field. You would set your camera up, shoot your images, and hope for the best until you film got back from the processor. Truly and exercise in patience.
Before we start saying “woe is me,” just remember what it was like for those that didn’t have our technological improvements. This certainly adds perspective.
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