Here’s a simple timelapse of a stunning night sky over Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia, including a bit of Aurora Australis activity on the horizon – the purple and green lights.
Sometimes simple is a good option, don’t you think? There’s so much going on in that sky I decided to leave the sequence as a standalone piece – all 35 seconds of it! – with just a little adjusting of exposure, white balance and clarity in Lightroom.
Next time, though, I’ll use a battery pack on my Canon 5DMk3 camera. This was about four hours worth of 30-second exposures. So, in other words, I left my camera clicking away through the night and the battery lasted about four hours. You can’t help wondering what happened next. What did I miss?
I’m learning as I go the best way to process astro timelapses. I used to like cooling the white balance in post production to allow for a bluer night sky. It certainly seemed preferable to the brown night skies I saw in some other timelapse photography, which is due to the photographer warming the white balance.
I realise it’s a case of each to their own. To many photographers brown is the most natural hue and I’m told it’s a scientific fact that brown is the correct colour for the core of the Milky Way.
In retrospect I can see I went too far with my electric blue skies!
This time I’ve settled for a more subtle darker blue, which is pretty much the colour that came out of camera. I shot RAW files using the daytime white balance setting and a relatively low ISO of 800. Aperture was f2.8 on a 16mm lens.
I’d love to hear from anyone else about their thoughts and examples of their astro timelapses.