Star Trails Class


Randal Lathrop will be conducting a class at Children's Lake, Boiling Springs, PA on July 6th, 2017 to capture photographs for producing star trail images. The next full moon is from July 5th through 10th. The full moon will provide illumination for your foreground subjects. The star trail will be the background subject in your image.
Randal will go through the steps necessary to collect a set of photographs to produce a successful star trail image. He will cover camera settings, using an intervalometer, focusing in the dark, and precautions needed to prevent condensation build up on camera lenses.
The photo shoot will start at 10pm and should last for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Setup should take approximately 30 minutes to get cameras "dialed" in for exposure and focus. Afterward setup is complete, we will continue to photograph for 90-120 minutes to capture enough photographs to produce a good star trails image.

There are several locations near Children's Lake that provide interesting foreground subjects.

There will be a training session held on June 29th at Children's Lake at 7pm. The training session will take about 30-60 minutes to show how to configure your camera and intervalometer to capture star trail photographs.

The meeting location for this photo shoot (and training session on June 29th) will be at the parking lot for the iron furnace at the south end of Children's Lake in Boiling Springs, PA.
Attached are two sample images from Children's Lake showing a partial star trail capture. These images captured about 60 minutes of star movement. An ideal star trail photo shoot should capture at least 90 minutes of star movement.

Ideal weather conditions for shooting star trails calls for clear skies - clouds can ruin a set of star trail photographs. Depending on weather conditions, shooting will be extended to additional nights.

Camera Requirements: must be able manually configure ISO, exposure, and shutter speed settings.  Available shutter speeds must include "BULB" setting. Shooting in RAW format is preferred, but not necessary. Refer to camera manual to verify your camera's capabilities.

What to bring: camera, tripod, external intervalometer (or wired remote with locking trigger), extra batteries (optional battery grip), flashlight, chair, jacket and/or blanket (depending on weather), hand towel to cover camera (keeps condensation of camera body), patience.