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New Year Stars

New Year Stars

StarTrail 06 Jan 2015, Leicestershire, UK. First startrail of the New Year. Captured with Olympus OM-D E-M5 & 7-14mm lens. The image is composed around the North Star (Polaris), the pole star around which all others spin.
How did I capture it? - Camera on tripod F4, ISO 320, 15s. Manual focus set to infinity I composed the image around the North Star (Polaris) to ensure a swirly star trail above the country properties. The first shot was captured/exposed through the lcd screen and then using the remote cable (set to lock) and turning off lcd (maximise battery) I depressed shutter. This allowed the camera to shoot continuous for 3 hours. Sadly cloud moved in and limited the shoot to 3 hrs. I transferred all images (High res JPEG) to MAC and imported/stacked in StarStax software. Plane trails removed using Pixelmator software. The final composite reveals the visual effect of Earth spinning, as shown through the stars. The lovely blue sky colour is a result of shooting early in the evening and the purple time is the result of cloud cover :-)

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