Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Starry Starry Night

I have a lot of time on my hands right now. I'm finishing day 3 of my radiation treatment and have been quarantined in a room in  the basement of my parent's house. Really, the room is perfect: internet connection, TV and DVD player and plenty of books. Tonight I got a bit restless and decided to try my hand at photographing star trails. I had no idea what they were until my friend asked me about them and I started looking in to it. Star trails are essentially long photo exposures of the movement of  the rotation of the earth as evidenced by the "trails" that stars create in a still photograph. So I set my camera, but on "bulb" and set the exposure for 5 and a half minutes - more than enough time to catch the movement of the earth that we can never really feel. It was a nice way to spend the evening. Tomorrow I'll shoot for longer exposures and we'll just have to see what I get!

5 comments:

Aili said...

Did you use the tripod?

lucylucia said...

Oh yes - no way I could have kept the camera steady enough by hand!

Brent Thompson said...

Lucy try to get the north star Polaris in the center of your shot, you will then see the true rotation of all the stars around celestial north.

lucylucia said...

Brent - dude. I totally would, except I have no idea where to find it! What is this north star you speak of??

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