Spin Cycle by Steph Enbom


Small (15.4" x 23.2")

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A popular rock formation called Eagles Nest in my hometown of Inverloch, Australia.

100 × 30 sec exposures with a steel wool spin thrown in for good measure.

Featured in Timelapse/Long Exposure Photography.

UPDATE 8/8/10 – This image has been short-listed for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition run through the Royal Observatory Greenwich and Flickr. Results in September – will keep you posted :D

I was not the winner, but it was a great opportunity and gave me some exposure that I couldn’t have had otherwise, and for that I am grateful :)

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astronomy, australia, fire, inverloch, light paint, night, rock formation, sky, star trails, stars


  • PaulHealey
    PaulHealeyover 4 years ago

    Fantastic long exposure, Steph

  • Steph Enbom
    Steph Enbomover 4 years ago

    Thanks Paul. Much appreciated.

  • Skye24Blue
    Skye24Blueover 4 years ago

    Stunningly beautiful. Can you give us a bit more info about your settings? I’d love to shoot star trails at some point.
    Cheers, Mac

  • Thank-you Mac. The star trails were shot at ISO 400, f/3.5, 100 × 30sec. The fire in the foreground is done by wrapping some steel wool on to the end of a wire coathanger, lighting it, then spinning it around really fast. The exposure for this was at ISO 200, f/8, 144sec. All images were then run through a program call Startrails (funnily enough) which stacks them all together. I find an ISO anywhere between 100 and 500 is best. Obviously the lower ISO the less noise, but sometimes produces fainter trails. It’s just a matter of doing a few test shots at 30sec and see how bright your stars show up. Hope this helps and good luck with your trails :)

    – Steph Enbom

  • Michael Chong
    Michael Chongover 4 years ago

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing your workflow for creating the image. I’ve always loved star-trail photos and always wanted to get into it. I really need to give it a try :)
    Do you have any tips for finding where the centre of rotation is, or is it a trial-and-error thing?

  • You’re welcome Michael. You’ll need to find the south celestial pole (immediately south!) in the Southern hemisphere. A rough guide is, once you’ve located south, hold your arm out straight in front of you and make your hand into a fist. Put the next hand on top and repeat until you’ve gone 5 hands (fists) up, and that should roughly be your south celestial pole. Hope that makes sense and good luck :)

    – Steph Enbom

  • Michael Chong
    Michael Chongover 4 years ago

    Thanks for the tip :) Now I just have to get far enough out of Sydney to get clear enough skies..

  • simoneb
    simonebover 4 years ago

    Wow this is just incredible work!! Well done Steph!!

  • Thank-you Simone :)

    – Steph Enbom

  • Karlientjie
    Karlientjieover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture!

  • Thanks Karin :)

    – Steph Enbom

  • Cathleen Tarawhiti
    Cathleen Taraw...over 4 years ago

    Congratulations on being a top ten finalist in the Skyscapes groups Skies with a little something else challenge :)

  • Thanks so much Cathleen – I’m honoured. There were some fabulous images in this challenge :)

    – Steph Enbom

  • Revive The Light Photography
    Revive The Lig...over 4 years ago

    This is a great star trails photo. I would really like to create photos like these some day. Excellent work Steph!

  • Thanks so much. I really appreciate the comment :)

    – Steph Enbom

  • Kyle Johnstone
    Kyle Johnstoneover 4 years ago

    wonderful shot – great work!

  • Many thanks Kyle

    – Steph Enbom

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