Although there were forest fires burning in the Cascade Range east of us, the night sky over Silver Falls State Park was clear and dark. You could even see a bit of the Milky Way between the annoyingly tall and abundant trees.
Above and below are two 16-minute star-trail exposures, each made by stacking a series of four 4-minute exposures. These are the first star trail photos I’ve made with the Fujifilm X-T1. The results (i.e., the raw image files) were really impressive. In the past, using the Nikon D-700, I’ve had to shoot a dark frame and go through a somewhat elaborate process of long-exposure noise reduction in post-processing to remove (by blurring and masking) the hundreds of hot pixels that accumulate during successive 4-minute exposures.
The Fujifilm X-T1 exposures had virtually no hot pixels, even after the sensor had been on—heating up—nearly continuously for half an hour! Even tough I wasn’t using the camera’s built-in long-exposure noise reduction (because that would have created gaps in the star trails), I didn’t need to use my dark frames to select and remove noise “in-post”. Cleaner images do make for happier camping!
And while I was outside enjoying the night sky, the rest of the family was in the tent reading.
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