Italy

Star trails in a big sky

Grande Fratello Cielo

My Flickr contact Cristiano Pelagracci took this long exposure of a tent and the sky in Italy.

Star trail shots are done by putting a camera on a tripod and exposing long enough so that the earth rotates relative to the stars aimed at.

It will take some experimentation to get the exposure right at night with such a long exposure and every night and place will be slightly different. You’ll need to play with ISO so as not to under or over expose the long shot. As I’m reading, a good starting point is:

Wide angle lens
ISO 400
Wide open aperture
Shutter speed of 30 seconds

If you look at the photo and it’s washed out/over exposed, pull the ISO down. If it’s under exposed push the ISO up a bit. If the trails are too short, try a longer shutter speed.

I’ve never tried this but those are some ideas to start with if you plan to go out and give it a go.

One tree, one year

Bruno D’Amicis and Umberto Esposito kept a surveillance camera running for a year, aimed at a single tree in the Apennines (a mountain range in central Italy).

Numerous animals pass by the tree including boars, wolves, foxes, badgers, deer, and a bear (among others) who decides to scratch his back on the tree. This video is edited so that seasons fly by and animals come and go in succession.

Fascinating and brilliant.

[via Kottke.org]

Dolomites

Dolomites

My flickr contact chris schroeer-heiermann who usually is shooting architecture (he’s an architect) took a trip to the Italian Alps (Dolomites) and posted this nice series, taken, as always, with his Canon S95 point and shoot camera. Amazing.

The Dolomites get their particular look from being made up primarily of the rock dolomite, a sedimentary rock that’s much like what many know as limestone.

Dolomites

Dolomites