Sometimes Following The Rules is a Good Idea

Anybody who has driven on the roads (or even walked) in India would know that the only rule that reigns here is that there are no rules. However it’s not always a good idea not to follow rules. Take the ordered cosmos of photography for instance- there are rules and then you follow them.

Just a few weeks ago I was spending the night at a place where I could actually see stars. The temptation was too great for me to resist and I was soon trying my hand at star trails for the first time despite going against some basic rules.

Rule 1: Never attempt star trail photography on  full moon night

A full moon means lots of light and at long exposures it literally makes the night look like day making it hard to identify the stars

Star Trails on a Full Moon
Star Trails on a Full Moon

Rule 2: Always use a tripod to do star trail photographs

Considering the long exposures it is impossible to hold the camera still in hand. If not you will land up with start squiggles

Planetary Squiggle- or why you should always use a tripod
Planetary Squiggle- or why you should always use a tripod

 

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Nirmala says:

    Looking at the title I thought you were going to write about rules of the road!!! Rules about photography is safer!!

  2. Lav says:

    Is there such a thing as rules of the road in Chennai?

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Nope!

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