Finally made it out again after taking a big chunk of time off over the new year break to get some much needed R&R. Headed out here to the lovely town of Maldon to try and capture the Beehive Chimney stack as my foreground subject to the Orion constellation composition as well as testing out some new gear, the Moza Slypod Pro. Results weren’t exactly what I had in my minds eye, but still just so great to get out under the stars again.
It really has been a trying year with lock downs and persistent cloudy weather, it has been very hard to maintain the connection I’m used to feeling with the night sky. September through to early November is usually my favourite time for taking Milky Way shots as it stretches out flat along the western horizon. This season I only managed a couple of nights out, however the quality of those nights has been a significant step up. A lot of this has come about through refining my acquisition process to include tracked shots of the Milky Way. A big part of this is the method I now use for polar alignment of my MSM star tracker, taking me no more than a few minutes. It is now barely any extra effort to take tracked exposures which has very significantly improved the quality of my images.
There is something magical about adding motion to timelapse sequences, even more so for a nightscape timelapse sequence. How is this motion added though? In this video I take a high level look at the tools I use in my work flows to produce motion in my timelapse sequences. This is the first part in what will become a multi part series on the various devices as well as “hacks” and post processing techniques.