Peter Bargh

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October 28th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 301 – on the edge

Stanage Edge this evening. I went to shoot the sunset and then star trails, the sunset was a bit lack lustre but the stars were out. I spent about an hour in the dark on the edge – it was, as seems usual up there, very windy. I heard sheep rustling around, bats (i think) flew over head, but nothing as scary as the other night in Clumber Park, so I was quite relaxed as I tripped the shutter after each 30 second exposure.

In one shot I’d set the tripod up from a low position and started taking shots. I then climbed up onto the rock that two of the tripod legs were resting on only to realise the tripod was leaning backwards and could have easily toppled over and crashed down 20 or so feet. The fun of in the dark photography!

The battery died and I didn’t have a spare with me, so the trail on this one is quite short. In the background to the right are the lights of Sheffield.

It’s a 28 exposure blend, with one frame illuminating the trig pojnt with the Joby GorillaTorch

It was quite a challenge getting down after I’d finished. What seemed like an easy way up disappeared after dark.
The Joby GorillaTorch came in handy again.

October 19th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 292 – Star Trails

Tonight was interesting. I spent an hour and half in complete darkness on the moors. It was very cold, but I had a rug and coat and ePHOTOzine hat to warm me up.
Why? To photograph my first proper star trail…and it’s going to be addictive. I used the Olympus EP-2 as the Pentax K20D is not fast enough at processing. You need to shoot 30-60sec exposures in succession. The K20D needs time to process between shots. The Olympus allows an instant shot after shot. I had to manually focus and it was near on impossible, but I managed. I don’t have a remote timer for the Olympus so I just sat and waited for 60 seconds for each shot and repressed the shutter. I took 66 shots.
When I got home I first created an animation in Photoshop, and then created this star trail using an action to speed things up. I’m pleased with the result.

The animation below has loads of aircraft passing through the shot, but these have been missed off in the image stack.