Startrails, plane trails, boat trails, car trails. train trails – yep this one has the lot lol. Stanwell Tops last night from 10pm – 11pm looking south to Wollongong just south of Royal National Park. Worth clicking on large – really get to see the startrails even with the annoying watermark.

This is a blend of 117 X 30 second exposures using the superb Schurs Startrails action
Your looking at about an hour’s worth of night sky here.

Pretty trippy huh! More startrails on the left courtesy of the Milky Way. And a bit of serendipity which I find happens a lot with night shots is that it is by pure chance that I happened to be pointing straight to the south polar star so got nice concentric circles.

Now what is particularly strange about this shot is that main plane trail right through the centre of the shot (pretty annoying but no way to get rid of it). The weird bit is that “ricochet” at the left hand edge of the frame like a comet contrail – any ideas?? It looks like the light hits the edge of the frame and then bounces off but it’s a plane trail – there is no way a plane would veer that sharply. Very odd.

Canon 1Ds MkIII
Av: f/3.2
ISO: 800
FL: 16mm


  • fall2earth
    fall2earthalmost 6 years ago

    Amazing, fantastic & mind blowing!

  • Thanks Matt.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Jared Revell
    Jared Revellalmost 6 years ago

    wow weee Goeff !
    amazing collation of 117 shots mate !
    you really own this style, wonderful work !
    …in response to your question, maybe the plane reflected some other light at that angle….??…not sure.

  • Thanks for your lovely comment Jared.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Michael Walters
    Michael Waltersalmost 6 years ago

    This is such an amazing shot Geoff!

  • Glad you like it Michael – thanks.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • aaronschwartz
    aaronschwartzalmost 6 years ago

    amazing picture! brilliant title!

  • Thanks for the feedback on the title Aaron.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • SaRaHKnOwDoG
    SaRaHKnOwDoGalmost 6 years ago

    Absolutely stunning !!! Ummm that is interesting, that lil burst of light on the left …. No idea ? You could always photo shop plane trail out ??? You could do it !
    What time of day into night did you take this ? Love that the setting sun and the shore line. Or did you blend a sunset shot and a night shot ?? Amazing stuff either way.

  • linda858100
    linda858100almost 6 years ago


  • Thanks

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • SaRaHKnOwDoG
    SaRaHKnOwDoGalmost 6 years ago

    Oops ! I see. You took 117 frames of 30 seconds. Great idea and work.

  • Thanks for your extended comment Sarah.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryalmost 6 years ago

    This is a very unique startrails shot. Could that sharp bounce be attributed to some lens distortion? I dunno, that is odd. Marvelous work.

  • Thanks for stopping by Helen – much appreciated.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...almost 6 years ago

    Another winner Geoff. Awesome!

  • Ta muchly Mr Bermingham.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • mstrace
    mstracealmost 6 years ago

    oh my gawd. this is so fabulous…it gave me goosebumps!!

  • I LIVE to give you goosebumps Ms Trace!! :-)

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

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