Slightly Better Star Trails

Last night I tried doing star trails again. This time I went for 30 sec exposures and I figured I would have the camera taking consecutive shots for a hour so that the star trails would be fairly long… However, about minute 35 the sprinklers decided to come on so I had to grab my camera and run and by the time they turned off I wasn’t going to spend another hour outside in the cold. Thanks for all the advice, it really helped!

This is 50 exposures stacked…

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12 thoughts on “Slightly Better Star Trails

  1. Interesting to see that you are stacking to get the effects of star trails. Is this because of the limits of a timed exposure on your camera? Back in the film days, my father was a professional landscape photographer, and has a gallery of star-trail photos. I remember him staying up all night and taking exposures that were hours long. Visit his gallery at if you are looking for a little inspiration. My favorite is where he has the north star inside Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, with all the other stars trailing around that one point.

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  2. Them are really good I did some star trails and what I did was use the bulb setting on my camera and left the shutter open, I do live out in the country so no light or noise pollution, And I got some pretty awesome photos. I love how yours turned out there really good:)

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  3. Drawn to this one second because I ALSO am learning how to shoot star trails, and it has taken me so long to get to the point where you can see anything at all. I only learned about ‘stacking’ about a month ago – what program do you use? I’m looking for a good (but free) one. My next post is going to be a collection of all my photography fails, including starscapes, but (mostly) they have happy endings!


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