Canola Field Stars
By: Alan Dyer
|Camera:||Canon EOS 5D Mark II|
Stars in a blue sky wheel above a ripening field of yellow canola.
It’s been a couple of fine nights of nightscape shooting under the light of the waning Moon and clear skies.
I’ve been shooting from no more exotic location than my local rural neighbourhood, travelling for 5 minutes to spots near one of the many canola fields growing nearby. I wanted to grab some nightscapes over the fields before they lose their yellow flowers and turn green.
The feature image above looking north is from a time-lapse sequence and stacks several images with the “comet trail” effect, to show the northern stars turning about the North Star.
This image, also a frame from another time lapse with a longer lens, shows the Big Dipper above that same field but in an exposure short enough to prevent the stars from trailing. You can now make out the familiar Dipper pattern.
This is a very Canadian scene, with the Big Dipper high in a northern latitude sky, and with the foreground crop a Canadian one – Canola was developed in the 1970s at the University of Manitoba. The “can” in canola stands for Canada. Pity there was no aurora.
– Alan, July 28, 2013 / © 2013 Alan Dyer