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Star Trails

By:  Reed M.

Capturing the star trails was tricky.  I waited for a night that was cloudless and cold.  Because of the cold air there was low humidity.  Humidity would cause the final image to come out blurred.  Around 11pm, I took my tripod and camera out into a field in the Trigg County country side.  With no light pollution, the stars really stood out in the inky night sky.  To let in the most light possible, I took 30 second long pictures.  Meaning, the camera shutter stayed open for 30 seconds which lets in a lot of light.  For an hour and a half I stood in the cold taking the same photo of the sky.  Over time, the stars moved across the sky as they normally would.  You can’t tell that the starts moved but to the camera it is very noticeable.  I took roughly 180 pictures from the same position.  After I had all the pictures I needed, I imported them into a photo software where I could stack the images.  Stacking the images allows me to see all 180+ pictures on top of one another.  A bunch of little star trails turn into one continuous star trail, making for a very aesthetically pleasing product.