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!
Brianneon April 5, 2014
Would it be better to use a wide lens for this?
jasa pembuatan web murahon March 17, 2014
whether it's using photoshop?
James Vernacotola Photographyon 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.
Katieon 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?
Joe Abounader (LightAndLinesPhotography)on July 22, 2012
Thank you for putting this up. It must have taken a lot of effort and a lot of your time. Great photos as well.
CoilePhotographyon March 19, 2012
Thank you so much for sharing. This will help my experimentation greatly.
Brandonon 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.
bimalon 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.
Maryon November 8, 2011
Very informative. I look forward to trying it for myself
Benon April 20, 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.....