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Kyle Foreman's picture

Star Trails


Star trails are not something I do a lot of. But this is what I would consider my best attempt to date for a star trail photo. I originally took over 400 photos over the course of 2 1/2 hours however my older computer was unable to handle that many photos. So this is made up of around 250 of those 400ish photos. I was also able to point my camera towards Polaris giving me my favorite circle pattern in the stars. Would love to know what you think and would like any advice you have to try for next time?

The biggest problem I had was I was shooting next to our camp fire which put a bad bright glow on the trees to the left on my final star trail photo. I had some trouble masking back in the clean foreground photo but I think I did a decent job of it. Let me know what you think.

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Chris Jablonski's picture

My immediate reaction is "van Gogh", so I think you're on to something here, Kyle! I'm a bit over the tech tricky shots of trails and weird Milky Way panoramas, but this is so OTT it won me over! I do admire your constant striving and experimentation. Occasionally you come up with a gem.

Kyle Foreman's picture

Thanks Chris! I've gotten a lot of reaction saying it looks very "van Gogh" so I guess that's a good thing! I've always loved trying out new things. It's what keeps photography interesting. I also think it helps keep the skills sharp and makes me a better overall photographer. It's good to get out of your comfort zone every now and then.