Light pollution

Posted by
Albert (Sweden, living in Mechelen, Belgium) on 29 April 2011 in Plant & Nature.

Gryt, Skåne, Sweden

Since this was my first test of a star trail photo I'm technically satisfied enough. But the light pollution is a bit too high. I'm very keen on continue this experiment, but now I'm back in Hamburg, an always glowing city and with an even more light polluted sky, so I guess no more of these experiments for a while.

The light to the left is from a city with 18000 inhabitants around 20km away (Hässleholm).

Exposure time is a bit more than 1h.

Canon EOS 7D 4081 second F/5.6 ISO 100 22 mm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful ! wow... these blue lines are fantastic ...

29 Apr 2011 12:29pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Albert, this is wonderful! I think the light pollution adds to the composition. One day I will get around to trying this.

29 Apr 2011 12:55pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I see you have a new camera, I have two questions, how do you like it and have you used it for video?

29 Apr 2011 12:57pm

@Ralph Jones: Hi Ralph! Thanks for your comments. I love the 7D. The upgrade from 40D was a big step, especially when it comes to iso and noise, and that alone felt like a reason to upgrade. Other smaller things I like (compared to the 40D) are for example, the view finder (brighter and 100%), many focus points and possibility to quickly chose cluster of points for the AF, bracketing goes to /-3 and exposure compensation goes to /-5, weather proofed body, etc... I'm very happy with the 7D. I had it for about half a year, but I'm still excited over it. I have not yet made any serious attempts for filming. I plan to do it as soon as I upgrade my PC. It is just to slow for video handling. Please send me a mail if there is anything else you would like to know...

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

As someone who's recently taken up astronomy, light pollution is my bane. However, you've made it work for you beautifully in this shot.

29 Apr 2011 1:50pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Beautiful image!

29 Apr 2011 2:00pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful capture. Well worth the sixty minutes. I am still wanting to experiment with this as well.

29 Apr 2011 9:56pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

What a terrific experiment Albert, I just know my camera would fail the noise would be a disaster!

1 May 2011 11:21am

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Very nice job. I live in a very sparsely populated area, I'll have to try this.

1 May 2011 1:57pm

Dutch from Neverwhere, United States

Wow.. great.. I like how the stars are blue against the golden sky. I don't see it as a negative though I am sure you were trying for something different.

1 May 2011 6:44pm

Canon EOS 7D
4081 second
ISO 100
22 mm