Pastimes for a starlit evening

by Helen Hooker November. 14, 2013 4290 views

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 []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!

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Antonio Gil 7 years, 7 months ago

Incredible work. I'm mesmerized by it.

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Gillian Parsons 7 years, 7 months ago

Simply divine you are so brave Helen on one of the coldest nights of the year.

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Josy 7 years, 7 months ago

One would believe falling stars of the summer which would have invent a performing choreography with lights of the airport !

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Pete 7 years, 7 months ago

love it

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Mark 7 years, 7 months ago

Very cool look from this starry night image!

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Jarvo J 7 years, 7 months ago

Ingenious work and a stunning image!

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Marilyn Grimble 7 years, 7 months ago

Having just watched the Dr. Who physics lecture I find your post most appropriate!
Time travel next ....

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