Fiddler on the Roof: Star Trails from my Roof

With my investigations and settings analysis I’ve taken some star trails photographs from my roof. These photos were taken in different conditions ranging from bright street lights to a full moon. Enjoy these photos:

I wanted to include a street light straight in front of the camera to see what the effect will be. After a couple of minutes playing with settings I got the correct camera settings to include a bright light straight in front of the lens without any flaring.

The photographs were taken with the following settings:

Exposure Time: 30 seconds – average 446 stacked frames
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 6400
Exposure Bias: 0 stop
Lenses: 18mm
Camera: Canon 5D and Canon 760D

Some notes on the Photos:

On one of the photographs I zoomed in a bit to showcase how the length of star trails increases when you are zoomed in a bit. The downside of this is that you lose some of the foreground details.

On the photograph on the right hand bottom: I wanted to incorporate the moon with some star trails. Thus I spend a long time and my photos to be able to capture this photo. I modified the focus ring until the moon looks like a star coming out of the tree, and due to time-lapse star trails I incorporated some star trails as well:

The bottom photo showcases the moon which looks like a bright star (again played with the focus ring until I could get the ultimate looking Moon “Star”. Note the amount of flare on the lens; this is due to the focus, aperture and full moon reflecting on the lens. I made the flare part of the photo.

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