FAIL! First Star Trail Shot

Everyone’s got to start somewhere, right?

Canon EOS 1D MkIII with EF16-35 F/2.8L
35mm 75x 30s @ F/4 ISO320

This is my first crack at star trails, and as you can see, it’s not very good. The camera was tethered to my laptop, which was set to fire off 150 thirty second shots, one after the other. What it seems to have done though, is to drop every other frame, hence the rather dotted nature of the trail.

Plus, the amount of light pollution is utterly horrible! And there”s a strange flare just left of centre.

I’m going to have another crack though. I think “Long Exposure Noise Reduction” might be switched on, which could be causing the breaks between shots. I wanted to publish this shot so I can look back on it in time and see improvement (hopefully!).

Onwards and Upwards!