Teelip Lim

Star Trails outside Hampton Inn South Plainfields, New Jersey on 5 Aug 2013

5 August 2013 - (2.5 hrs of around 300 frames) Star Trails shot on the 1st night in New Jersey, USA through the hotel's windows, I had to improvise as there were a lot of light coming from below the hotel floor reflecting against the window panes and the curtain was a reflective white material, so I ended up using my 3 black t-shirts and hung them behind the camera to curb the internal reflections coming from the lights outside into the room, hence patchy colors at certain spots. I forgot to take separate exposures (was over-excited about my first time in states) and composite into this scene as evident in the overexposed foreground signage and lights and the blurry trees as it was rather windy that night.

Overall the outcome is rather interesting, the stars and planes that fly by that area looks like a mathematician drawing trigonometry lines in the night skies. Unfortunately that was the only clearer night, throughout my stay it was cloudy with little stars. Wish I had the opportunity to drive out into the wilderness to take more star trails, the skies there are breathtaking.

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