The power of moonlight


Steve Brown

Stokesley, North Yorkshire

I used a Canon 600D on a basic tripod. The settings were f/4.5, ISO 800, 18mm focal length and 30 second exposure time (34 images combined using Startrails software).

This star trails image was created using a sequence of shots taken around midnight. It shows the power of moonlight to illuminate the landscape. The moonlight is, of course, simply sunlight reflected off the Moon on to the Earth. As such, given sufficient exposure, a camera can capture a scene as it might appear in daylight, with blue sky and white cloud etc. In this case, I was also able to capture the stars around the constellation of Perseus. This shot was taken at Saltburn-by-the-Sea with the town pier in the foreground.