I made a short video. Enjoy! (Nerds: There are a bunch of details below.)
The nerdy details
I went out to various places¹ over the last few months to take photos for star-trail compositions. Mostly I shoot with my 11–16mm lens at f/2.8, focused at infinity. I use Gimp and the Star Trails Compositor plugin to make the actual trails.
One option when using the compositor plugin is to save the intermediate files in a directory. I like to do this, because it’ll let me go back, later, and make a time-lapse video of the trails as they grow. (I use a command-line program called
mencoder to make my timelapses, generally.)
I realized the other day: hey, I’ve got all these intermediate files, I could make a single video of all the star trails I’ve done this year.
And so I did.
¹ Locations and dates:
- Feb. 28, 2020, facing south, near Souris, MB
- Mar. 28, 2020, northwest of Brandon, MB, just off Hwy. 270
- Jul. 23, 2020, at the cabin, Minnedosa, MB (the blue clip)
- Aug. 11, 2020, west of Brandon, just off Hwy. 1
- Sep. 18 and 19, 2020, Image Hill, between MacGregor and Bagot, MB (two clips)
Watch for meteors! They appear in a few of the clips (the last one has three at least, down in the lower-left quadrant).
Unless otherwise specified, the photos are taken facing mostly northward.
Interested in prints of my photos? Let me know, and we can work something out.