star trail stacking

“Winter Night in the Countryside”

I’ve done a lot of these star trail photos of this barn. I’m still trying to get that “perfect shot” of this scene at night. I like this one, but it’s not my favorite, so Ill keep trying.
I made this time stack by combining 425 photos into one image.

“Night-Time Travelers”

Looking southwest towards Kingston from Rock Dunder, the stars cross paths with airplanes that fan out from the city of Kingston (and possibly some from across the border in New York)
I made this time stack by combining 513 photos into one image.

“Record Scratches”

The stars draw concentric rings around Polaris, making the night sky resemble a giant vinyl record, while planes fly overhead in straighter lines, looking like scratches on a record.
I made this time stack by combining 118 photos into one image.

“Polaris and Friends, with Special Guests, the Perseids”

I caught 15 Perseid meteors during this 4 hour timelapse, along with a few planes, and a bunch of stars.
Here’s a version without the star trails, where you can see the meteors much better. http://matt-molloy.tumblr.com/post/148807574420/plenty-of-perseids-i-caught-15-perseid-meteors

“Criss-Cross-Hatched”
This might be the most photos I’ve ever stacked into one image. (I’ve only done a few time stacks that are over 1000 photos) This was made using 1489 photos!
The night was mostly cloudy until the end of the timelapse where the sky completely cleared up. That’s where most of the star trails came from, aside from a few breaks in the clouds here and there.
As usual, I used the scripts from advancedstacker.com to automate the stacking, and faded in the first and last 19 photos “manually” using 5% increments of the layer opacity.

“Orbs on Ice”
I love the reflections you get from light painting on ice and snow, so I did a fair bit of light painting last winter. I wish I was better at spinning orbs, as these ones are pretty sloppy. but you gotta start somewhere. Any tips?
This image was made from 390 photos. One for each orb, and the rest for the star trails.
As usual, I out it together in photoshop, and automated the stacking process with this script, advancedstacker.com

“Evergreen Giant”
Although it has nothing on the size of the redwoods on the west coast (which are also considered evergreen trees) this tree is quite big for the area, especially considering that it’s in the open, without protection from the strong winds we get from living close to Lake Ontario.
I’m not sure what kind of tree it is. Likely some kind of pine or fir, but that’s about as far as my tree knowledge goes.
I made this image by stacking 379 photos using the lighten layer-blending mode in photoshop, automated with this script, advancedstacker.com. I also faded in the first and last 19 photos (38 in total) using 5% increments of the layer opacity to taper the beginning and ends of the star trails.

“Late Night Lights”
Star trails, car trails and train trails oh my!
I made this image by stacking 278 photos, the first and last 19 photos were faded in/out with 5% increments of the layer opacity. As usual, the process was automated with this script, advancedstacker.com

“Multi Layered Force Field”
The Milky Way and other stars paint the sky with stripes as they appear to move across the sky. (it’s actually the earth my tripod was attached to that’s spinning)
I made this image by stacking 292 photos with the lighten layer-blending mode in photoshop.

“Zig Zag Zoom”
There was no cloud cooperation on this evening. They were all just doing their own thing, or so it seems in this time stack image.
I made this image by combining 327 photos into one image, using this script to automate the process, advancedstacker.com.

“Cosmic Cage”
Although this looks like a pond, it’s actually a wide bend in a small creek. This night was nice and calm, so the water was still and acted as the perfect mirror to reflect the stars. At first I was a little worried, but after taking a few shots I was quite happy with the light from some nearby houses illuminating the vegetation along the creek. I made this image by combining 449 images, using the light layer-blending mode in photoshop, automated with this script, advancedstacker.com. I also faded in the first and last 19 photos using 5% increments of the layer opacity.
This image represents about 4 hours of time.

“The Lines Begin to Curve”
There was a nice moon halo when I started this timelapse, it didn’t stay too long, but they rarely do. The camera shot for 3.5 hours while the moon set. The lines on the right side, along the horizon are from trains passing.
To make this, I merged 388 photos into one image using the lighten layer-blending mode in photoshop, automated with this script, advancedstacker.com
I also faded in the first and last 19 photos with 5% increments of the layer opacity.