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Sleeping Giants

The stars dance above the extraordinary Mt Bromo Indonesia as the morning fog rolls through the caldera.

24mm · f/8.0 · 30s · ISO 100
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How did you get such long star trails at shooting for only 30 seconds?

you shoot multiple shots of 30 seconds and stack them in photoshop.

I second Kenny's question. I have shot as long as 1000 seconds and my trails are just barely that long is it a photomanipulation? (I don't mean that in a negative way because if it is it was excellently done.)

I used a process called star stacking, so what you're seeing here is about 150 30 second exposures put together.

Wow! This is probably my favorite of your images. I love star trails, and astrophotography, and this is beautiful. I am assuming that you used exposure blending here to get star trails, and that much light on the volcanos? Regardless, another amazing image.

Yes, this combines exposure blending with star stacking. I also had the benefit of a low moon behind me which helped to illuminate the landscape.

Love this photo. Great idea stacking exposures for the trails. Much more control that way.

...an absolute beauty...

I love the star trails Elia, the colors are great. What really wows me though is the sharpness in the landscape - amazing. Is this done through focus stacking?

The foreground is shot with a long exposure at f/8 and the stars are at f/2.8. So not exactly focus stacking - more exposure blending.

Just recognize this photo on 500px cover :) superb!

Wow! Awesome shot

decided! following right now ! :D

You know when you think you're a decent photographer then you see an image like this? Wow. I'm going to try something like this myself first chance I get!

Did you shoot the foreground while the sun was still setting?

Actually, it was a very fortunately placed crescent moon.

This just left me speechless.
Incredible Elia, big fan of your work.

Otherworldly scenery. Well done.

WOW mount bromo amazing shot elia.. i live near there in Surabaya

Hello Elia .

Very nice Shoot.

CAn i ask you a question and if you want you can answer to me-us?

I try to capture star trails and i have a problem with that when i am stucking them in photoshop the closer stars to the pole (North) it looks very nice but the other stars are not in a continius line but they have dotts.

My settings are
Camera Nikon D800E
LEns Nikon 14-24 f.2.8
Shooting at 30 sec f2.8
Iso 1600
and i set the interval to 34 sec

I am using a compact flash Lexar 800x

Can you tell us your settings and also did my Compact Flash card is slow? And also did you put interval each shot ?

Thanks a lot.

Great shot

Great shot! Been to Mt. Bromo a few times. It was unreal when it was erupting a few years ago.

The perfect star trail image!

great shot wow

I live about an hour or two from here and I've never had clear enough skies for an image like this. As soon as next dry season start I'll be up there trying to out do this.

Wow! This is so perfect! my dream shot! :D