Ann Torrence gives a detailed explanation of how she made a great star trails photo:
the dark skies of the Grand Canyon gave me a great, sleeping bag accessible venue to practice.
And practice I did. Not until the third or fourth try did I make anything that pleased me. Not because of the Nikon D700, simply operator error. I worked out a procedure that gave me this result
I want to try making star trail photos sometime, so this will give me a good starting point.
I foresee a couple of problems:
- Aiming the camera
- To get good circles I assume you need to have the image centred on the Pole. As I understand it the Pole Star in the Northern Hemisphere is at or close to the Pole. Here in the Southern Hemisphere we don’t have such a convenient star to aim at.
- Getting myself on-location
- When I look due South from my house I’m blinded by a streetlight. I’ll need to head on down to Te Raekaihau Point on the south coast, 5 or 10 minutes drive away, and hope the clouds and the planes landing at the nearby airport stay away.