Star Trails Over the Waccamaw River in Conway, SC
South Carolina >> Conway >> Landscapes

I am still mesmerized by the result of a great night shooting star trail photography. While some cringe at the thought of shooting star trails within a city’s limits because of light pollution from ambient light sources, I relish the opportunity to create something different. I found something different this night along the Waccamaw River in Conway, South Carolina.

I wanted to shoot Polaris from the park along the river this particular night, but that was not going to happen. Whenever I pointed my camera to the north I found more light pollution than I could handle. I typically shoot star trails at 800 ISO, f/4 at 50-second exposures. However, with the amount of light pollution from the street lamps in the park I ended up with a white frame after just a 3-second exposure.

One golden rule for great travel photography: be ready for change. It’s always nice to have a plan but those plans can be disrupted rather quickly and you have to adapt. So instead of packing it up and leaving, I decided to face east instead. By shooting across the Waccamaw River I was rewarded with a well-lit tree line from the street lamps behind me. At 50-second exposures the trees and reflections in the still waters turned out perfect.

About Jason Barnette

Jason Barnette is an internationally published travel photographer based in Abingdon, Virginia. From here, Jason explores the Southeastern United States shooting photos of the travel industry, tourism, and beautiful landscapes. His photos focus on telling the story of a destination from beginning to end throughout all four seasons, highlighting landscapes, people, food, lodging, and entertainment. Through this blog, Jason publishes his best photos from specific assignments, travel destinations, parks, and projects.

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