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Time lapse, star trails and fireworks! from Swinsty Reservoir, North Yorkshire

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Here is my entry which I shot last Sunday night/Monday morning, October 27th/28th. This was taken at Swinsty Reservoir in North Yorkshire about 10 miles from I live. It isn't the darkest of sites but I mainly wanted to get some reflections in the reservoir and some star trails. I started shooting at 8pm and finished about 6am. I had two cameras running throughout the night, a Sony A7iii with a Samyang 24mm f1.4 and a Sony A7Sii with a Samyang 12mm f2.8 fisheye. Both cameras were operated via wireless remote intervalometer. Altogether during the night I shot 4 time lapse clips with a total of over 2,500 images being taken. Exposures were all set to 20 seconds and both lenses set to f2.8. The ISO varied between ISO 1000 and 6400. During one of the clips a couple of cars pulled up on the road that bisects the reservoir and some people got out and started letting off fireworks which appear in one of the clips. All the images were taken in RAW format which were then batch processed per clip in Adobe Lightroom before exporting to jpeg. To create the animated star trails and star trail images some of the jpegs were then processed using Starstax. To create the final video all the jpegs were put together with some title screens and music and then rendered to video using Adobe Premier Pro. The link below is to the clip on my YouTube channel which is in HD and 4K (looks much better in 4K)

Gordon Haynes


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