Create a star trail vortex
Give your night sky shots an added twist
Not all shots of star trails have to conform to the traditional circular spin, and a technique that’s steadily been growing in popularity is the idea of adding a spiral or vortex twist to the trails. This can be done by zooming the lens and rotating the camera using a custom-built device or (much easier) adding the zoom effect in photo-editing software,
Some photographers have taken this to the next level. Take this month’s cover shot of the Northern Lights over Moosehead Lake in Maine, captured on a D700 by Aaron Priest. Aaron was looking for a fresh approach and hit upon the idea of illustrating a rift in time. He began playing around with some Photoshop scripts for creative star trails, which can be downloaded from http://liketheocean.com. The end result is a stack of hundreds of images: 243 frames for the lake and 125 frames from a single star field shot for the rift star trails.