Star trails over Mauna Kea, Hawai’i

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The story

I’m not too hot on star trails, so I do them sparsely. Star trails are all about movement and, for circumpolar trails like this one, a well-centered (or deliberately off-center) subject and/or focus point. This image is the no-brainer type (for those who have a bit of a brain ), with such nearly perfect symmetry. The shooting star effect is a common but nice variation that makes it all more dynamic. Mauna Kea in the distance. The final image is a composite of 81 single shots, 30 seconds each. Land features are from one of the shots, lightly illuminating the lava rocks with a warm flashlight.

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