Star Trail Photography – The Victoria Rooms

Shooting the Star Trail

I’ve walked past the Victoria Rooms in Clifton, Bristol every time I’ve gone into town for the past 9 years but I’ve never really appreciated it as much as a should. It was only when I went out on a night trip with my camera into town that I really just stopped and looked at it for a while. I was amazed at how many stars I could see behind it. I decided I had to come back and capture a star trail behind. 

The stars over the The Victoria Rooms.

I was amazed at how many stars I could see behind it. I decided I had to come back and capture a star trail behind. It was about a month before the weather was cooperative and gave me a clear night. Being February it was damned cold but wrapped up warm I left the warm comforts of my flat. After the setup and tests, it was around 22:45 before I started capturing the images. I let the camera do its thing for an hour and a half.

The Victoria Room's with the stars above.
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Eventually, I was defeated by the cold, frost was starting to form on my coat my and bag. My camera’s lens had started to fog up so I called it a night.

During the shoot, some of the people passing by were interested in what I was doing, many hadn’t noticed the stars and many, like me, hadn’t really looked at building properly.

I find I notice many more things if I have a camera with me.

The Victoria Rooms

The Victoria Rooms are where the University of Bristol has its department of music.  Construction was started there in 1838, it’s style is that of Greek Revival Architecture. Infront of the building is a statue of Edward VII.

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