On my recent travels and photo trips I've started to experiment with shooting stars. It's less star trails I'm after, but the sky as I see it full of static unmoving stars. But well, first of all they are moving. So a short exposure of less than 30 seconds is needed and then to capture enough light ISO values of around 3200 or 6400. This leads to a lot of noise. This shot on the contrary has nearly no noise in the sky but still shows quite some stars. I used 6 high ISO shots, which I then averadged to remove the noise and leave the stars. Then some blending of the fg which I shot an hour after the stars just before sunrise.
I think I'll eventually do a post processing tutorial about this blending, similar to my start2finish tutorial.
Btw. this is Galeria on Corsica. A wonderful place where I also shot a very colorful sunset, which I'll show you later.
Another one fromt he beautiful Galeria beach. Those sandstone rocks were just great for photography.
I used a lee 0.6 soft + hard gnd here to balance the exposure. It was already quite dark, much darker than in the image here. This is over 100 seconds of exposure, I already needed my head-torch. But the colors were still so beautiful and vibrant and the long exposure emphasized those even more. All got a nice glow.
If you're interested in how I process photos like this -> Start2Finish Post Processing Tutorial