Daytime Stars … Nighttime Stars

Today’s post comes from the Holliwell Covered Bridge of Madison County, Iowa. During the morning sunrise, I captured this “starburst” as the sun rose from behind the covered bridge:

Sunrise at the Holliwell Covered Bridge

That evening, I returned to the Holliwell bridge to shoot the night skies over the bridge. Capturing 5 individual images, I later processed them together in Photoshop, resulting in this star trails image:

Star Trails over the Holliwell Covered Bridge

Coming up … more Madison County covered bridges, including the “Grandaddy” of them all, and some images captured using a new technology I’ve just started using.

Photographic Equipment Used:

Canon 5D Mark 3 body (both photos)Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5-5.6, IS lens (sunrise photo)
Rokinon 14mm, f/2.8, all manual lens (night photo)
Bogen 3221 tripod and ballhead
ISO 200 (sunrise) and ISO 500 (star trails)
Aperture f/22 (sunrise) and f/2.8 (star trails)
Shutter 1/60 sec. (sunrise) and 5 minutes per individual image (star trails)
Star Trail Processing: 5 individual, 5-minute images were combined in Photoshop to get the star trail image shown above

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  • Alma

    Hi Jim, Is the start trail photography and post processing what you are experimenting with as a new technology? I really enjoyed the covered bridge at Wawona in Yosemite National Park a couple autumns ago and will send you a photo of leaves next to it for fun. We went to the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi last spring at Knight’s Ferry California. I have always found covered bridges to be interesting to photograph, but have not traveled in the eastern half of the USA in order to see very many of them. Maybe one day…. :-)

  • Hi Alma, great to hear from you! No, the new technology I’m playing with will be revealed very soon, though! Yes, I’d love to catch some of the New England covered bridges, especially in fall colors or even in snow. Have a great week!