Star trails over the Australian Outback

July 9th, 2012

Australian photographer Lincoln Harrison shot these awesome star trail photos over the Australian Outback. The photos are HDR composites to properly expose the foregrounds. The star trails appear circular because as our planet rotates around its axis every 24 hours, the visible stars in the sky rotate around the polar axis. Read more about how to shoot star trail photos.

Posted by on 07/9/12 in Photography

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  1. Steve says:

    Stunning photographs. Can you explain what they depict ?
    Why do the stars appear in a circular path?

  2. Shelby White says:

    Hey Steve, I’ve updated the post with a link about shooting star photos.

    To answer your question of why the stars are in a circular path, it’s because of the rotation of earth around its polar axis. The stars directly North and South of the axis will appear stationary. However, it’s really not the stars that are moving, it’s just Earth rotating.

  3. Sue says:

    Steve, it’s a long time exposure as well, set on the camera. Shelby what does HDR mean? I’m barely using digital, still using some film… I’m really behind in technology

  4. Shelby White says:

    @Sue, HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, which is essentially the dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image.

    Here is more on the topic:

  5. lee jin su says:

    Oh~~~ my G…..O….D….. Great Work…wow…Beautiful Star…

  6. Vince Barton says:

    I found the outback photo on google and I would really like to make it the cover art for my new music album. Is this permissible?

  7. Amazing Shoot…………..

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