Alabama Hills Star Trail

Just a star trail that I had filed away and never processed or posted. Two minute exposures on a 90% moon. This is by far, the brightest moon I've done star trails with.


Location not exact. It's somewhere in Alabama Hills but you don't have to look very hard to find this or similar formations.

  • Natalia Zilli 3y

    Fantastic!!!!!!!! :)
  • Michael 3y

    what would you suggest the optimal ISO and aperture setting is for star trails? I'm finding that my battery runs out (it starts fully charged) this just me? Do you find you need to change batteries at some point?
  • Navaneeth KN 3y

    Love your pictures. Happy to see this photo in explore. Congratulations
  • Pete Bredehoeft 3y

    Great star trails.
  • Sven Brandes 3y

    Awesome shot, congratulation on Explore

    Via Today's Explore at #74 on Fluidr
  • katejbrown photography 3y

    Congrats on Explore!
  • Jack Nicol 3y

  • Karen Andrea Photography 3y

    Fantastic-- well done!
  • Phil McGrew 3y

    Michael I don't have a hard and fast rule for ISO or aperature. I am generally around ISO 250/320 and f/4. Exposures vary from 2 to 6 minutes based on the brightness of the moon. It's better to to get all the light you can. You can darken a star trail and even reduce the number of stars with a little contrast but you can't invent stars by lightening the images.
  • Megan Schellong 3y

    Wow those textures in the rock contrasting with the movement of the circles. How cool! I absolutely love this photo, it is so fascinating! I've never tried a 2-minute exposure before, but this photo definitely inspires me to try!!!
  • Eddie Cochran Oliver 3y

    Nice work. One of my contacts does this but he writes very little english so I would struggle if I asked him. I understand the long exposure but how do you get the trails in the sky and keep the rocks so sharp and static?
  • Phil McGrew 3y

    Eddie Cochran Oliver The earth rotates and (obviously) your camera rotates with it so everthing attached to earth will appear stationary to an observer. Actually, it's the starts that remain still and the earth moves. Over long exposures, the stars will appear as streaks.
  • Eddie Cochran Oliver 3y

    Thanks I just didn't think the earth moved fast enough but have just read that you have layered the images up afterwards so thanks again for the Info and Nice work :0)
  • Eric Dugan 3y

    Great shot Phil! I've been meaning to try this.
  • Phil McGrew 3y

    Eddie Cochran Oliver It moves a full circle every 24 hours :) You can see the north star (Polaris) in the middle. Knowing that a circle is 24 hours, you can judge the length of the exposures by compairng the size of the arc. It's also interesting to note that the north star isn't exactly north. If it were, it would be a single dot instead of a small circle. Also interesting to note that Polaris hasn't always been the north star.
  • Jess Artem 3y

  • 1979/flower 3y

    This is beautiful !!! I want to try this someday...Love the stone in the picture !!!!
  • Emad-ud-din Butt 3y

    Picture quality is just awesome and spins my head :)
  • Matt Granz Photography 3y

    You are invited to post this image to "Spectacular Landscape, invitation only"
  • 2y

    Always great to do star trails in the 'Bama Hills, and great light painting with the moon! Nice work!
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Taken on November 5, 2011
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