Namibian Star Trail

Skeleton Coast

Star trails encircle a tourist vehicle camping in sand dunes in the southern hemisphere of Namibia's Skeleton Coast, Skeleton Coast, Namibia (Photo: Jami Tarris)
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Capturing the rotation of the stars in a single frame isn't easy, but the payoff is worth it. I nabbed this shot on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, where massive sand dunes flow directly into the ocean creating one of the wildest landscapes on earth. I set my camera on a tripod with a relatively wide angle lens set at f/5.6 for more depth of field. Using a shutter cable, I manually kept the shutter open for about 47 minutes to capture the moving sky. During that time, I used a flashlight to illuminate the sand dunes and my camper with light.

TOOLS: Canon 1Ds Mark III, 21mm, 47 minutes, f/5.6, ISO 200

Filed To: Namibia
Lead Photo: Jami Tarris
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