Star Trails

If you really want to impress your friends with your budding photographic skills, try capturing star trails. Surely you've seen these dramatic shots: one star, located in the center of the frame, remains a point of light, but all the other stars in the universe seem to carve concentric circle segments around it, as though the galaxy were spinning dizzily. (That one fixed star, in case you were wondering, is the North Star. It remains steady as all the other stars seem to travel in a circular path around it, thanks to the rotation of the earth.)

Find some place dark with a clean horizon line and away from city lights (which will wash out your shot). If you want the ground in the shot at all, compose the frame so that the sky fills 90 percent of it, and the ground occupies only the bottom 10 percent. The setup for this shot is the same as for the taillight trails (Section 3.5.2.1), except that you have to keep the shutter open much longerat least 15 seconds for very short trails as in Figure 315, or (if your camera can handle it) up to 15 minutes for dramatic star trails.

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