I have been giving a lot of thought to startrail shots lately and finally got the right conditions over a couple of nights…low tide, new moon, no wind, etc.
The big problem is noise on the very long exposures…I researched layer stacking 30 second exposures but there are problems with this technique as well so I found a way to solve the noise issues in photoshop…this is my best effort so far but I will keep trying..now I just need a F 1.4 wide angle prime for milky way shots…does it ever end….
Canon 5D MKII 17-40L 17mm 60 minutes F8 iso 100
10 minutes of light painting with dolphin torch.


  • Kevin McGennan
    Kevin McGennanabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful image Mark. I have no technical advice on capturing these images, (No it probably never ends!) I guess it’s a work in progress, but I can pick the southern cross, (to the left of the pole and slighty above) magellan clouds,(right of the pole and above right of the pole) and a bright section of the milky way above the cross. The different temperatures of the stars reveal themselves easily in this situation.

  • Michael Treloar
    Michael Treloarabout 3 years ago

    Nice Mark, I’ve never had any luck with stacking 30sec images. I usually use a 20min exposure otherwise I run out of battery. ‘Noise Ninja’ does its job.

  • John Dekker
    John Dekkerabout 3 years ago

    Nice work Mark

  • TrishMita
    TrishMitaabout 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture Mark! You have inspired me to try this! Perfect night perfect setting

  • Shehan Fernando
    Shehan Fernandoabout 3 years ago


  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonalmost 3 years ago

    You never did get around to telling me what to do with my star trails… great capture :)

  • Malcolm Garth
    Malcolm Garthover 2 years ago

    It never ends…

    I was thinking of doing this with a large format pinhole camera but I’m not sure it would work… No problems with digital noise but with such a small aperture (f/175 and smaller) I’m wondering if I will capture anything at all…

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