February 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 5/52, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

Oooh Stars!

I had to suffer for my art on this one – stood outside in the freezing cold for about an hour to get it!

The technique is dead simple really, either take one long exposure or stitch a number of shorter pictures together to form the shot seen. It was a very cold and bright night, so although the church tower looks lit up, it’s the moonlight shining, (and was possibly even a little bright to show up all the stars). A cheap ebay timer release meant I could set the camera to take ten 4 minute exposures, and then using the Startrails software stitch the movement of the stars as they rotate about the North Star.

I think the stars should really be travelling around in a pure circle, but I was using the Sigma Wangle (wide angle!) 10-20mm lens which has a tendency to distort things at the 10mm side of things, which has made the path slightly oval – but never mind!

The building is St Cuthbert’s Church in Shustoke – an almost entirely 14C affair, and sometimes appears like this!

I just need now to defrost!


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