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A couple of weeks ago a mate and I went up to The Pinnalces to do some star trail photography.. I wanted to try a new technique to see how it would work out.. unfortunately this technique involves taking hundreds of photos and combining them after.. so you don’t actually know if you’ve got a good shot or not.. until you get home and put it all together! This made me quite nervous to say the least.. the prospect of traveling 4 hours (return) and being there for a few hours with no guarantee of a great shot.. not fun! haha.

Anyway, the good news is that the photo worked out fine.. the bonus is, that I was able to make a video out of the 188 frames I photographed!

Check out the video over at Vimeo:

188 frames on a Canon 5DmkII with a 16-35 f2.8L lens.

All photos were 30 second exposures at 16mm, f2.8, ISO1000


Paul Pichugin

Landscape, Travel and Commercial Photographer based in Western Australia’s amazing South West.

I love to travel to experience other cultures and explore other places. So far I’ve captured photos in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia.

I’m available to work on tourism and commercial projects pretty much anywhere, feel free to get in contact with me regarding your project.

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  • shazart
    shazartover 4 years ago

    Paul this is oustanding work – well worth the trip. Would love to know how you combine them after? This is a FAV & look forward to seeing the vid – will keep you posted.

  • I use a program called star trails.. it’s a pc only bit of software.. it was my first time using it! The video is only short, I’m planning a much longer trip and shoot soon :)

    – Paul Pichugin

  • shazart
    shazartover 4 years ago

    Thanks for feedback! Good luck with this unreal art!

  • Thanks :)

    – Paul Pichugin

  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelover 4 years ago

    This does take a lot of time and patience but WoW boy did it work out. OUTSTANDING JOB Paul

  • Thanks Ann :)

    – Paul Pichugin

  • bonso
    bonsoover 4 years ago

    What an outstanding job. Well worth the trip and the patience. Congrats

  • Thanks :-)

    – Paul Pichugin

  • aussieazsx
    aussieazsxover 4 years ago

    This is amazing…… Absolutely mind blowing!

  • Thank you. I had a look through your shots.. they made me miss Brisbane! sigh

    – Paul Pichugin

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueover 4 years ago

    What an absolute stunner Paul. You’ve got a lot more patience than I have. Well done. I’ll catch up with the video later. A fave.

  • Andy and Von Quinn
    Andy and Von Q...over 4 years ago

    Great shot – Paul – explanation of the technique was a really nice touch – Thanks

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillarover 4 years ago

  • Miles Moody
    Miles Moodyover 4 years ago

    fantastical effect, Paul. Just lovely.

  • Rachael Talibart
    Rachael Talibartover 4 years ago

    super, super star trails

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