One thing that I’ve been wanting to try is doing what I would call shallow DoF star trail photography with a small subject that I focus on closer to the camera in order to make the stars a bit out of focus. Because this was more of an experiment to kind of get an idea of what it would look like I didn’t spend a lot of time to get more photos to make the trails longer. I do find that I kind of like the idea though and will try more of this in the future. I can’t find any photos doing this type of photography and there could be multiple reasons why. One big reason that I can think of is that because it takes a good amount of time to do star trails in the first place, many people are unwilling to take the time to do one of these. I think once I move out to the country though I’ll have to do more experimenting as I’ll have more chances to work with this than I do now with living in a small city.
For this shot I did 3 frames at 10 minutes exposures each. I used my 16-35mm lens and shot at 16mm with the aperture at f/4 and the ISO at 100. If I would have done the normal shooting with setting the intervalometer up in camera I would have came out with 60 photos instead of 3. I do like having less photos to work with in the end because it means less work processing. Because of this I think I might invest in an intervalometer remote to set up for exposures at an ISO of 50 or 100. If I do that then I’ll also take a dark photo of the same exposure in order to have a dark frame to cancel out the long exposure noise from hot pixels and what not.