There are any number of ways one could enjoy a beautiful starlit evening - my choice tonight was to spend a very cold hour in our local churchyard with my camera! Some years ago I discovered a great little computer programme called Startrails [startrails.de]which allows you to combine lots of night time photos to create trails from the stars as they cross the sky. I haven't used it for ages so a clear, crisp evening like tonight seemed an ideal opportunity to experiment. I guessed that our local church wouldn't be floodlit as its way out in the countryside so I took along a large torch and used it to paint some light onto the walls and the gravestones for my first couple of frames. After that I left my camera to it, shooting thirty second exposures, while I retreated to the relative warmth of my car where I caught up with some reading on my iPad for forty five minutes. Having come home and thawed out I stacked them together with the Startrails programme and here's the final result. The only slight spanner in the works were the aircraft trails but I fear they were unavoidable as the church is only three miles from Stansted airport!
Pastimes for a starlit evening
by Helen Hooker November. 14, 2013 4290 views