Posts Tagged ‘startrails’

This Experimental Time-Lapse Imagines Life Without Light Pollution

What kind of nighttime time-lapses could you shoot in cities like Los Angeles if light pollution weren’t a problem? A couple of time-lapse photographers want to show you. They’ve created an experimental time-lapse that shows a sky full of stars and star trails over the light-polluted city of Los Angeles.
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A Six-Hour Long-Exposure of the Celestial North Pole

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Polish photographer Bartosz Wojczyński pointed his camera straight at the north celestial pole and exposed his camera for a total of six hours. The photograph above is what resulted.
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How to Capture Stunning Star Trail Photos in Light Polluted Places

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I’ve always found photos of star trails — the arcs the stars paint across the sky as the earth turns — fascinating. They’re one of the things that we can “see” with a camera that we can’t see with our eyes. Technology has changed how we shoot star trails, making star trail shots in locations we previously thought impossible possible.
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Create Trippy Star Trail Effects in Time-Lapses Using a Motorized Zoom System

Here’s a neat video that shows what you get in a star trails time-lapse if you slowly move your lens’ zoom ring over the course of the long exposures. Long exposures naturally create star trails around Earth’s axis of rotation, but throw in some motorized zooms and you can turn those ordinary trails into some pretty trippy effects.
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How to Avoid Star Trails by Following the ‘500 Rule’

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Due to the rotation of the Earth, it appears as though the stars are moving through the sky in long exposures. Star trails can be a desired effect when done for much longer exposures, but in other cases we want points of light to represent how we see the stars with our eyes. To achieve points of light you can use a simple rule that’s often called the “500 Rule”.
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Star Trails, Fog, Volcanoes and a Meteor: A Spectacular 270-Image Composite

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270 photographs and a total exposure time of two hours and fifteen minutes went into creating this stunning composite photograph of an Indonesian landscape complete with an erupting volcano, a steaming caldera, a meteor, copious amounts of fog and beautiful light trails created by cars traveling below the fog. Read more…

How to Create ‘Vortex Star Trails’ in Nightsky Astrophotography Time-Lapses

A common technique used in still astrophotography is the creation of startrails, a method by which a photographer overlays multiple long-exposure shots of the stars to create a weaving of constellations. But, as time-lapse photograph and astrophotography have merged in a fairly recent trend, a number of artists have been bringing the idea of startrails to motion-picture, creating what many refer to as ‘vortex startrails.’

If you’ve ever wondered how these motion startrails are created, Matthew Vandeputte has shared the above video – his first ever tutorial – to explain how this look can be achieved in post through the use of Lightroom, After Effects and a common astrophotography program, Startax.

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Night Sky Time-Lapse Captures Trippy Star Trails in 360 Degrees

We’ve seen both night sky and 360º time-lapses before, but we hadn’t ever run across an amalgamation of the two until earlier this week when we received an email from photographer Vincent Brady. Read more…

Vincent Brady Pulled Out All the Stops to Create This Magical Firefly Time-Lapse

Firefly photography isn’t a novel concept. In fact, long-exposure images of these glowing creatures lighting up beautiful forest scenes have appeared on PetaPixel a couple of times before… we’ve even featured a tutorial on the subject. But photographer Vincent Brady‘s firefly time-lapse above IS novel.

It’s novel, not because it’s a time-lapse of fireflies (we’re sure that’s been done a time or two) but because he combined many different photographic techniques to create something truly breathtaking. Read more…

How-To: Picking a Great Lens for Milky Way Photography

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The lens is the most important factor in the image quality of a landscape astrophoto.

There are a number of lens traits that will determine the quality and usability of a camera lens for astrophotography. Let me explain what sort of thinking should go into choosing and using a lens for making astrophotography and Milky Way nightscapes. Read more…