The time for moonrise came and went, but there was no moon to be seen, so I continued shooting light trails. Another hour passed and I got a feeling that I had made some mistake or something, that the direction I was looking wasn’t actually south east, although my compass insisted it was. For a split second I thought I might as well call it a day, when suddenly I noticed a faint, reddish glow in the sky and it struck me at once that this was the moon, although it was really hard to make out.
It was farther right than I would have liked, but that couldn’t be helped, the light trails had been shot and I had to make do with the composition I had chosen for my picture.
So it was clear to me that there would be some major post processing later on, the question was, how do I get the trajectory right if I have to start rotating the camera to capture phases that will be outside my composition? The solution to this problem was to take 2 pictures every time I had to move the camera, one capture before moving it and another capture directly after. The first capture would then give me a reference of where the second capture (and every other capture taken at that camera position) needed to be placed.
That still didn’t solve the problem of the trajectory leading out of the picture, though. Then again, I don’t shoot these landscapes for scientific or documentary purposes, to me landscape photography is an art and everything’s fair in art as long as you, the artist, feel good about it. So I decided to move the whole trajectory to the left and down until it fit into the image. Who is ever going to care about this drastic change? Hardly anyone I bet.