Mauna Kea Star Trails - [EXPLORED]

Explore #1 on Apr 21, 2011

 

This picture was published as "picture of the month" in National Geographic Deutschland

 

Wow, this picture made it in the National Geographic Daily Dozen on May 17, 2011

 

This is my very first star trails attempt.

 

The picture was taken on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, the highest point on earth (measured from the center it's higher than Mt. Everest because it's closer to the Equator). I've never seen so many stars in my life!

 

The picture consists of 22 single frames, each taken at f/4, ISO 100, 16 mm and exposure time of a little more than 4 minutes, which makes it a total 90 minutes exposure.

I stitched the pictures in Photoshop to create this image.

 

Special thanks go to DanB, who was a big help in explaining, how star trails work and who shared his long experience with me! Check out his amazing star trails work, I can't even come close!

 

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  • Thomas Sittler PRO 4y

    My goodness!! This one is just so superb! Impressive and inspiring.
  • Claire 4y

    Amazingly beautiful. If only my first attempt could be so stunning. :-)
  • Andrés J. Márquez PRO 4y

    nice job.


  • Chip Shotz 4y

    Nice one.
  • misty_2011 4y

    Looks pretty good to me!
  • undine PRO 4y

    genial!!
  • Jim Teske PRO 4y

    Awesome shot! Well done!
  • sunlight cardigan 4y

    i admire you
  • Marcel Tuit PRO 4y

    stunning shot. Those star trails are great, and it's fantastic composed with this building in the center. good work!
  • Stefano Coghi 4y

    Fantastic
  • Antonio Picascia 4y

    incredible work!
  • Torganiel 4y

    Very nice!| ;-)
  • Michael Pankratz PRO 4y

    Just magnificent! I'm an astronomer and have seen plenty of star-trail photos, but I have to say this one tops them all (pun not intended). Superb work!
  • bruno gomes 4y

    Magnifica!!!
  • Peter Smith (ARPS) PRO 4y

    Simply brilliant
    Its amazing, well done
  • Ύψιλον Έψιλον 3y

    beautiful shot in a magical place :)
  • Keith Lovett 3y

    cool! I appreciate the time you take in explaining how your images are created. You offer a lot of information and I thank you!!
  • atish (www.cargocollective.com/atish) aman 3y

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  • ѕнer 'n' lenѕ a la ғly ❖ ƊƦคƓ๏ƝŦlץƊгєคɱʂ88 PRO 3y

    . . . superb!!!
  • Howard Brodsky PRO 1y

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