Ben Lockett Touch the Stars Photo of the Day selected by: Ryan Mense Testing my astronomy knowledge a bit lining her hand up perfectly with the North Star, and then a 3 hour (slightly cloudy) star trail taken behind it. Canon 6D 11mm · f/4.0 · 30s · ISO 1250Astrophotography Star trail girl night Astrophotography Silhouette dress backlit torch rocks 11 Comments rodney simba masarirambi - February 13, 2018 Great work there! Ben Lockett rodney simba masarirambi - February 14, 2018 Thanks:) Sinan Ceylan - February 17, 2018 Amazing! Daniel Jones - March 1, 2018 Wow. You nailed it, man. Ben Lockett Daniel Jones - March 1, 2018 Cheers, I think more than a bit of luck played it's part here! Asedio Total - March 1, 2018 Perfect composition. Ben Lockett Asedio Total - March 1, 2018 Thank you:) Toby Finke - March 11, 2018 How many photos went into this? Did you cut the girl into this, or did you actually line her up with the North Star? Ben Lockett Toby Finke - March 11, 2018 I took about 400, and used about half of those (it was partially cloudy when I was taking the star trails). The image as a whole is 3 layers, the rocks used a very bright exposure of about 2 minutes, the stars 30 seconds (just lots of them), and the girl was actually on top of the rock, in (almost) the right place - if you look really closely its not aligned perfectly - and she's backlit with a torch, while holding another one, which is why she's darker than the rest of the image. The reason for this is that its really hard to stand still for more than about 5 seconds, especially in as precarious a place as that, so I had to use a much shorter exposure on her. Then it was just stacking the layers on top of each other in photoshop. Dharmik Soni - July 19, 2018 [Edited] how do you get the rotating star effect Matt Chesebrough - February 20, 2019 Really cool concept. I think you could make it even stronger if you were to either light the person or bring down the exposure on the rocks to almost silhouette. Also, tweak the crop just a bit to remove some of the lower foregrounds and put the point of light dead center in your composition. As I said above, I really enjoy this image and think it is creative.