This image below shot recently whilst staying at the fantastic Blue Anchor Inn lodge in Mozambique. A blend of 15 images each shot at ISO 800, f4 & 30 seconds to create the star trail. A difficulty with digital sensors is that they cannot sustain long exposures before overheating, causing excessive digital noise in any image and potentially damaging the sensor, so the only way to capture startrails is to shoot a long sequence of images and blend those together. This collection of images was shot over a period of just 10 minutes to give the startrail effect as it is, whilst to get a full circle of stars requires a sustained period of about four hours, and a lot of beer, using this methodology to get the desired effect.

It’s a whole lot of fun to do and makes for a very interesting image. Why not give it a try next time you’re away camping somewhere nice…

Thanks to Christian Fletcher and Paul Kornacker for helping me get the technique right.