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
Exposure Bias: 0 stop
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.