There is nothing like standing under the vault of the night sky and gazing up at the heavens. So many stars! It makes me think about all the ancient peoples who looked up at the same sky and feel connected to them. Time takes on a different dimension here. How many years has this ancient tree stood against the sky – rooted in granite. Under sun, storms, and stars it endures windswept and strong. I am in awe.
How I got the shot
When I set up to take this image, I knew I wanted to capture the movement of the stars behind the ancient tree. By aiming my camera to the south – away from the North Star I was able to capture the star trails ‘bending’ in opposite directions at the edges of the frame.
What I used
I took “Star Swept” using a Sony a9 camera and a Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 lens on a FotoPro tripod. I took 20 star images, each set at 16mm, ISO 800, f/4 and with 4-minute exposures. I also took 4 additional images for the lighted foreground tree at ISO 400, 15 seconds, f/4. I used Lightroom and Photoshop to process the final image. Of the 20 star images I captured only one did not have lights from cars driving by. I used that single image for my base when I assembled the photo.