Star trails (enlarge plz)

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My first attempt to capture star trails, not too bad I think :)

This picture is a composition of 40 individual pictures composed in Photoshop. Each picture is taken at ISO 100, f/5.6 and 180 seconds for shutter speed. This final composition shows a total period of 120 minutes of star trails. Unfortunately two pictures are lost and the consequence is seen as two breaks in the final picture.

As Tehran is mega-city its light is too much to let more stars to be visible, therefore, only the most bright stars can be seen and lots of faint stars are absent.

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Comments (140)

Antoni F. on March 19, 2013

great capture! big LK

~☂λVλNT☂~ on March 20, 2013


Gracias por pasarte por mi Galeria…Te dejo mi like 103 y mi favorito 23

Horst Reisinger on April 7, 2013

Very great work!


Greetings from Germany, Horst

I-R on April 8, 2013

nice idea ... wonderful result LIKE :-)

Greetings, from the "Wagner-City", I-R

Isenacher on August 5, 2013

Great shot!F&L Greetings

©polytropos - No Vi… on October 8, 2013

Amazing capture! You needed a lot of patience for that, and it got really well.

Derek郝♥中華CHINA on October 9, 2013

Impressive work! LIKE!

Best regards

minka1991 on October 9, 2013

Für den Lauf der Sterne ...Like 111...Gruß Heinz

kelly Davico on October 10, 2013

Foto espectacular, hermoso! ,Like Saludos , kelly

Ulrich Greger on October 12, 2013

great, Like/Fav Greetings Uli

Gyula Kaszás on October 13, 2013

Fantastic! LIKE!

Joe Lourenḉo on October 18, 2013

Fantastic star trails!



Filip Jurovatý on October 22, 2013

nice picture.


Greeting from Slovakia, Filip

Railly on November 2, 2013

Great result - especially for a first attempt :-)

leo1383 on November 3, 2013

Like 119,greetings Leo

Viktor Mandryka on November 7, 2013

much patience :) here is over three and half hours...

Like # 120

Mark Evers on November 10, 2013

Very well done. Like. Mark Evers

kenfowkes on December 22, 2013

An outstanding start to star trail photography!

Begoña NO VIEWS! on January 6, 2014

Simply perfect!! Congratulations!! *LIKE + FAV * Greetings from Spain!!

Andrew Bonfanti on October 2

like it!! cheers

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 3, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by H. Lotfi-Azad
    • Taken on 2012/08/20 21:38:32
    • Exposure: 180.600s (1/0)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash