9 Star Trails Exposure Length Examples

    Have you ever wondered how star trails would be in a photo based on how long the camera recorded the star "movement"? I thought it would be helpful and interesting to see how star trails look over different periods of time, so I created this gallery. Check out the photos below to see exposures of 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 120 minutes, 180 minutes, and 235 minutes.

    If you are interested in photographing star trails yourself, check out our article, How to Photograph Star Trails!


    • Brianne

      on April 5, 2014

      Would it be better to use a wide lens for this?

    • jasa pembuatan web murah

      on March 17, 2014

      whether it's using photoshop?

    • James Vernacotola Photography

      on November 11, 2012

      Thanks everyone for the nice compliments! Katie, check out the link to "How to Photograph Star Trails" at the top of this page. That will explain how I used multiple 30-second exposures to create these images.

    • Katie

      on October 31, 2012

      What camera do you have that lets your shutter speed be 235 minutes? and/or how did you create images with such long star trails?

    • Thank you for putting this up. It must have taken a lot of effort and a lot of your time. Great photos as well.

    • CoilePhotography

      on March 19, 2012

      Thank you so much for sharing. This will help my experimentation greatly.

    • Brandon

      on January 6, 2012

      I believe he used software to digitally fuse his images and create longer star-trails. If you look again at the pictures above all of them originate at the same point, so you can conclude he used 10 min or less exposure times and he recommended iso 100- 200, preferring the former in his how-to.

    • bimal

      on November 23, 2011

      u r the genius sir... HATS off...
      i read the full page of ur tricks,,and i also tried this with my cam d90 i will get good result.. and i became a fan of u..

      thanks for your support.
      regard bimal

    • Mary

      on November 8, 2011

      Very informative. I look forward to trying it for myself

    • Ben

      on April 21, 2011

      This is a great example of different shutter speeds. I'd imagine as you decreased your shutter speed, you had to compensate for the increased light. Lower ISO, higher aperture, etc. I know it's asking a lot, but you wouldnt happen to have the exposure for the 9 shots above? If so great.....

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