Before the image appeared

14th February 2013
Had a trip out to Urluar Abbey for some more "in the dark photography". Tonight I thought I would try a very long exposure to get some star trails. I worked out the exposure to be 40 minutes , so I pressed the shutter and waited. The weather was lovely and clear when I started but there were clouds going accross the sky all the time. The gaps in the star trails are caused by the clouds. with about 10 minutes still to go the cloud cover became very thick and there were no stars to be seen at all. With 7 minutes to go it started to rain and I had to call a halt. When you do these long exposures there is a setting in the camera called "Long Exposure Noise Reduction" with this switched on the camera takes as long to write the picture to its memory as it takes to expose the picture. So you cant really wait around to see if the picture has worked. Infact I was able to drive back to Kiltimagh, buy a bottle of wine and arrive home , before the image appeared in the camera!! Still its faster then the old days when you had to wait until the film was processed. I will have to try it again on another clear night.

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