Celestial south pole viewed from Mandurah, WA.

First experiment with doing star trails. A bit of suburbia haze but I’m happy with the effect.

This is a set of 80 × 30 second exposures at F4, iso 800 (40 mins in continuous shooting mode). Combined in Helicon Focus.

Thanks to Jared Revell for his valuable instructions, tips and tricks :-)


  • Mark Robson
    Mark Robsonover 5 years ago

    Great work on this Laurette, looks amazing :))

  • thank you so much ;))

    – Laurette Ruys

  • vagabondimages
    vagabondimagesover 5 years ago

    Nice work Laurette, great first attempt!! :)

  • thankyou Simone. Was great fun!

    – Laurette Ruys

  • Jan  Tribe
    Jan Tribeover 5 years ago

    cool effect here!!! looks magical!! I’ll have to look up Jareds instructions and try it.

  • thankyou shaneran. his instructions are great ;)

    – Laurette Ruys

  • Jared Revell
    Jared Revellover 5 years ago

    great first go, Laurette.
    Glad it worked out and happy to help :-)

  • thanks Jared, room for immprovement but I love the effect ;)

    – Laurette Ruys

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 5 years ago

    Great work Laurette! What happened when your battery went dead? was the shot still exposing?

  • Thanks for your comment Vicki. Well I wasn’t there when the battery went dead, but I"m pretty sure the continuous shooting mode disengaged automatically once the battery got to super low levels, so the shutter wasn’t stuck in up position ;)

    – Laurette Ruys

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 5 years ago

    That is good to know, I always worry what would happen, as it says in my book to be careful of that!! :)

  • JeffStockton
    JeffStocktonover 5 years ago

    Great first go at this Laurette. If you don’t mind a tip from me,why dont you try a 25 minute
    exposure at lowest ISO . It would save you a lot of work on the computer, if you want

  • cool Jeff, I’ll try this one, perhaps tonight as it’s clear skies again. Love all the tips and tricks people can offer as I love exploring my photography :)

    – Laurette Ruys

  • Kounelli
    Kounelliover 5 years ago

    Brilliant star trails awesome work

  • thanks Kounelli and for the fave too :)

    – Laurette Ruys

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