Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Day 46: The "Arty Farty, Had Nothing Else To Blog" Post MkII
Yep, I did it again... Another day without any blog fodder which I've used as a good excuse to play with Belinda's camera again. I really do need to upgrade so I can play with my own toys.
Last time I did this, I ended up driving the streets searching for subject matter until close to midnight. This time I only had to walk outside and look up, but I was still up until close to midnight trying to get a shot that I was happy with.
It wasn't easy. It was pitch black which makes the composition very hard to see through the camera's viewfinder, the LCD screen on the back of the camera was even less use in this respect. Then there was the amount of time each photo took, followed by almost that time again while the camera processed the image and let's not mention the enormous mosquitos
After some experimentation I ended up with what you see above, I think the shutter was open for somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes. I wish I could be more exact than that, but I really can't remember as I wasn't timing & taking notes like I should have been if I ever wanted to recreate this type of image with out going through all the experimentation again. It was obviously long enough that the rotation of our planet made the stars draw lines across in the sky. I also used Snapseed to enhance the final product a little and add the frame.
Overall I'm quite happy with how it's turned out.