Star trail photography with the Sony a6300

About a month ago I sold my old Canon DSLR and upgraded to a new Sony A6300 mirror-less camera. Of course, the curse of the outdoor photographer, when you get a new camera and are itching to try it out the weather doesn’t cooperate.

After a week and a half, the skies finally cleared and I got a chance to go outside to try some star trail photos. I pointed my camera at Polaris, made sure the focus was sharp and set the camera to take 260 photos at 10 second exposures each (f/3.5 and ISO 5000 for the photo geeks). I should note that this was also an experiment with the Sony 18-135mm kit lens as my Rokinon 12mm had not arrived yet.

I wasn’t expecting much given that I live in a very light polluted area and this lens wasn’t the best choice for taking star trails. But after processing them in Lightroom and Photoshop, I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

If you look closely at the bottom third of the image you can see some street light glow.

First attempt at star trails with the Sony a6300.

This image certainly isn’t anything to write home about but I was able to test out the new camera body, getting the correct settings for star trail images and prepare for the time out (you can read about that here).