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StarTrail 19 Jan 2014, Leicestershire, UK. A very narrow clear sky window in a very unsettled (and cloudy) winter thus far in the UK. Captured with Olympus OM-D E-M5. Leicester pollution clearly visible bottom left (orange glow). Thin high level clouds stated to roll in towards the end of this 3 hour capture, resulting in the orange linear streaks.
How did I capture it? - Camera on tripod F4, ISO 400, 15s. Manual focus set to infinity I framed the tree ensuring polaris (north star) around which all other stars spin was located just to the left of tree. 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 three hours. With a bit of flash work I lit the tree and stood in front of the camera in differing locations to create the ghostly selfie :-) To complete the process I transferred all images (High res JPEG) to MAC and imported/stacked in StarStax software. Plane trails removed using Pixelmator software.

StarTrail 19 Jan 2014, Leicestershire, UK. A very narrow clear sky window in a very unsettled (and cloudy) winter thus far in the UK. Captured with Olympus OM-D E-M5. Leicester pollution clearly visible bottom left (orange glow). Thin high level clouds stated to roll in towards the end of this 3 hour capture, resulting in the orange linear streaks.
How did I capture it? - Camera on tripod F4, ISO 400, 15s. Manual focus set to infinity I framed the tree ensuring polaris (north star) around which all other stars spin was located just to the left of tree. 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 three hours. With a bit of flash work I lit the tree and stood in front of the camera in differing locations to create the ghostly selfie :-) To complete the process I transferred all images (High res JPEG) to MAC and imported/stacked in StarStax software. Plane trails removed using Pixelmator software.

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