southern cross star colors

This freaking AMAZING photograph deserves its own post! And what exactly is this a picture of, you may be wondering, and why is it so amazing? Explanation:

"Fix your camera to a tripod, lock the shutter open, and you can easily record an image of star trails, the graceful concentric arcs traced by the stars as planet Earth turns on its axis. Gradually change the focus of the camera lens during the exposure, and you could end up with a dramatic picture like this one where the out-of-focus portion of the trail shows off the star's color... Adding a separate short exposure to the end of the step-focussed trails to better show the positions of the stars themselves..."

Ah. Maze. Ing. It's like a painting... So beautiful! See it bigger here.

Source: Astronomy Picture of the Day


laura evans/photography said...

i love it & totally wanna try it myself. thanks for sharing chica.

Krystal said...

that is so pretty - i had to look at the bigger version!

Nicola said...

Oh wow. This is amazing, in both photograph and technique!

lavelle said...

this is amazing! xx

Charise said...

i never knew about this! i want to try it!!