If you have been following the progress of our tree and tree swing, it now has just about no leaves on it at all, so last night I decided to take advantage of the very dark night out here and do a long exposure of the tree showing the North Star. This shot was a single frame, 3 hour exposure with another 3 hour noise reduction process. I started the exposure when I went to bed and it finished around 4am. Showing star trails are a little easier with a film exposure but this one turned out pretty good. The tree looks like it is leaning over to the side because it was shot with a 14mm lens pointed almost straight up at the sky. I am actually standing about 5 feet or so from the tree.
You can just see the North Star behind the right side of the tree. I couldn’t actually see it when I setup the tripod and I was just shooting for somewhere close to the center of the frame. Missed it to the left by a little but close enough.
The tree is the same one you see in the previous posts, here, here, here, here, and even here. Some day I will put all the tree shots together in one post. It is pretty neat to me to see the changes in one single location, sort of like a very long time lapse. For those of you still wondering, no, I did not sit out there all night with the camera, I just set the exposure time to 3 hours and hoped that a deer or other large animal didn’t tip over my tripod.