Concentric Trails! This is one of those sort of projects I would love to try doing but don't have the right camera equipment to do the sort of thing with. Did you by chance know which star you chose as the central point for this project? Given your location, I would think that it might be you're pointing north, but I can't be sure.
Also rather nice that the trees are still green, given here in the Tundras of New England, it's white and gray and white...
Well, this pic was taken in oct, when we hadn't even had a frost, yet. You don't need a very expensive camera, just a tripod, a timer remote($35 - ebay), and patience. I also had to put a hairdryer on a stick to keep dew from forming on the lens. I didn't whip out a compass or anything, but I new the polestar was in the north-ish area. So I just kinda pointed it up and north! The green is two things: the color of my porch light after adjusting the sodium vapor out of the sky, and a little bit of added saturation. If you'll notice, the wood of the trees is also green. Thanks for the comment!
Thanks for the tips (and the information - I hadn't actually caught that the trees were also green the first time I viewed it). Not sure whether I'll be getting a tripod for this camera, though I might upgrade (sometime in the near future) and consider getting one for night shots.
North huh? You did catch Polaris in the shot correctly. You can confirm which one it is too, when you compare your shot with this one from Astronomy Picture of the Day for 12/24/2010.
Great job. You might be able to do astronomical pictures as well, given
I actually have book on low-light and night photography. Not that I've absorbed all the informations, but it's given a perspective as far as what's needed. While there's certainly an advantage to having an $8000 camera, my $2600 camera does just as well, as would a used, $250 dSLR from craigslist. Just make sure you get a dSLR that's capable of using interchangeable lenses, not one with an integrated lens. It's not that you'd need a bunch of exotic lenses, but the dSLRs have one important feature: The ability to leave the shutter open for more than 15 seconds. I don't know of a single all-in-one superzoom that lets you access what's called 'bulb mode' That one feature gives you the ability to leave the shutter open as long as you like.