Look through the trees

Look through the trees

By |2014-03-26T17:22:42+00:00Mar 26th, 2014|
Late last night, Matt Glastonbury and I ventured out to photograph the stars. Satellite imagery gave us a good indication that we may be able to see the aurora australis (aka the southern lights). So, we headed out to a gorgeous vista that Matt and Francois Fourie took me to earlier this week. Alas, what we thought was an aurora glow turned out to be atmospheric air glow according to Francois (Matt disagrees on this).

Still, we had a perfectly clear sky filled with stars and a beautiful showing of our Milky Way galaxy. It was the perfect opportunity to test the Timelapse app that Sony recently released through their Play Memories app (it costs $10). I took a few test shots to get my focus, exposure and framing locked in. Once I did, I took about 47 exposures with my Sony A7 & Canon 14mm/f2.8 lens at f/2.8, 30 seconds each, ISO 1250 (no noise reduction was needed at all) and with a 2 second interval in between frames. I pressed the button on my Sony cable release and the camera went to town. I just sat back and enjoyed the view.

When I got back to my computer, I loaded the 47 exposures into a wonderful app called StarStax. The app created this composited image in 32 seconds flat. Too easy. From there, I edited using Lightroom’s Develop module and the rest is as you see here.

In a few days, I’ll be visiting Uluru and am crossing every finger for clear skies. I can only image what sort of star trails can be had with this historical rock in my foreground.

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  1. Matt Glastonbury March 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    This is wonderful Brian.. Well done

  2. mary g Cadigan March 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Forty seven exposures. …Excellent Brian…world of lights….love the time lapse…..

  3. Sunny Wu March 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shot! 

  4. Scott Horvath March 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Fantastic shot! Absolutely love how the tree seems to be the center of the universe. Great capture!

  5. Brian Matiash March 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    +Scott Horvath Thanks! Yeah, that was a pleasant surprise. Admittedly, I've still pretty novice with astral photography and even more green with timelapse and star trail photography, so I wasn't exactly sure what the trail effect would look like.

    +1 for happy accidents! :)

  6. Melissa Rudden March 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    What a neat picture!

  7. Andrew Caldwell March 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    agree with +Scott Horvath , it's pretty tricky to find the South Celestial Pole… well done

  8. Scott Horvath March 26, 2014 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash Well, you're still much better at it than my attempts so I'll just live vicariously through your shots :)

  9. George Fletcher March 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Great star trails!

  10. Bozena Chmielewska Gieryk March 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm - Reply


  11. Gavin Kerslake March 26, 2014 at 6:14 pm - Reply


  12. Mike Keller March 26, 2014 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Looks great!

  13. Moe Chen March 26, 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    47 exposures because then your battery died. Then you dropped your replacement into a billabong trying to change it. Have fun at Uluru. Jealous. Don't get cursed.

  14. Daniel Goldberg March 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much! I've been taking some star trail photos, but I've been blending them together using an old form of photoshop. Using the free download for starstax, I made a final image in 47 seconds, when before it took me two hours! 

    Also, nice shot!

  15. Brian Matiash March 26, 2014 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    +Daniel Goldberg BOOM! That's awesome!

  16. Embry Vincent March 26, 2014 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Wow,great photograph…….

  17. Prabhu Subramanian March 27, 2014 at 4:02 am - Reply

    Great man …..this looks awesome

  18. Mohammad .H March 27, 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

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  19. Michael Bolognesi March 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Intense!!! Great job on this one.

  20. Gareth Mcguigan April 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm - Reply


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