29 September 2011

Sunset and star trails on Velika planina

After a busy summer and hardly any time spent in the Slovenian mountains I hiked to Velika planina one Sunday afternoon after work. It was kind of late as I only made it to the chapel around 5.45, but the light was just getting warm. Almost all Sunday hikers had already left so I was pretty much alone.
Velika planina with the Kamnik Alps in the background

Do not cross the fence!

Having photographed the ridge trail I climbed the chapel hill, waited for the sun to disappear behind the ridge and then wandered around a little, hoping for after sunset colors.
Velika planina chapel

Last sun rays

Typical Velika planina scenery

Shepherds have already left the mountain

But then I saw amazing red misty light to the north, rising from the Kamniška Bistrica valley, so I practically ran to the other side of the plateau. Totally out of breath I made it to the top and caught the last 10 seconds of the sun before it set behind Mt. Krvavec.
I as ran to the top, the sun just dipped behind Mt. Krvavec

I had a hunch the colors would only get better, so I found a nice cottage for the foreground, set up my tripod and waited.
Velika planina at dusk

I had my tripod, the moon was new, so it made sense to try and take some star trails shots. It was so dark I had huge problems composing and focusing. And fog was beginning to creep in from the valley.
Light pollution

It was the fog that made me give up. The lens was fogging up so badly I ended up with a bunch of useless shots. I did manage to get this:
Star trails

And an ISO3200 shot of the Milky Way.
Milky Way

5 comments:

Tia_ said...

kako si naredila zadnje tri posnetke - zanimajo me nastavitve, če ni skrivnost :)
lp

luka said...

Kako je lepa naša slovenija

Ana said...

Tia, nastavitve so ful različne. Zadnja je ISO3200, 41s, f/4. Predzadnja je sestavljena iz 5 fotk po 4 minute, ISO400, f/4. Tretja od zadaj pa ISO400, 6 minut, f/6.4.

Luka, se strinjam!

Sara said...

To je potem že čista tema, da so lahko tako dogi časi ali si mela kakšen ND/stopper?
Ker vseeno še pride barva do izraza verjetno le ni to ob 2h zjutraj :) hehe

LP Sara

Ana said...

Uf Sara, bognedaj! Ponoči se vedno boriš s premalo svetlobe, ni šans, da bi še filtre na objektive tlačil. Bi še bolj zvišala ISO, ker sicer moraš še bolj odpreti zaslonko (kar pri mojih objektivih ni fajn, ker so pri odprti zaslonki na robovih mehki) ali podaljšati čas, kar pa seveda tudi ni fajn, ker šumi, da je joj. Malo barve na obzorju je pa zaradi svetlobne onesnaženosti.