The Stars Are Falling!

Daily Photo – The Stars Are Falling!

Star-trails photograph

Okay, I know it’s a bit different today, no intro, no warning, just the photo right there at the top of the page. I’m really proud of this shot and wanted to just cut to the chase – I hope you like it!

I’ve Always Wanted to Attempt a Star Trails Photograph

As many of you already know I was on vacation this past week in the middle of no-where New England – just what I call paradise – and while there I was able to accomplish two things on my photography bucket list.

I wanted to showcase the star-trail photograph to all of you today and next week we will take a look at the sunrise time-lapse. Of course, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a surprise for you at the bottom of this post!

What Are Star Trails?

As we know, the Earth rotates on it’s axis as it orbits around the sun. At night this rotation can be observed as the movement of the stars across the sky. There are many amazing photographers who specialize in star-trail photography and some of them are extremely well know. Ever since I found out about this style of photographing the night sky I’ve always wanted to try and see if I can make it happen.
It’s not easy though. Creating star-trails requires a great amount of time, patience and the exact right conditions. I’ll go into a bit more detail about the process I took to create this photograph in a future blog post, but until then I’ll just share some of the raw numbers that went into making it.

About the Photo and Time-lapse

  • Photos in time-lapse video (seen below) – 107
  • Photos in final image above – 63 (I cut the ones with the clouds for the photo)
  • Hours photographing – ~2.5 + 1 hour set up
  • Hours editing photo and video – ~6
  • Music in time-lapse – Yours truly improvising on the guitar (My college years hobby).
  • Software – LR4, PS, Quicktime 7, Garage Band, iMovie

A lot of time and effort went into this photo and video and I am really pleased with the results. I hope that you agree and that you’ll do me a favor and share it with your friends – Thank you for being awesome fans!

For those who are curious – Yes the above photograph is for sale and I’d be honored if you’d hang it on your wall.


  1. Evan

    Great shot! I currently live in London and can see no stars, shame.

  2. John Davenport Post author

    Thanks Evan! Yeah I live pretty close to Boston and although I can see the stars trying to photograph them where I live just produces too much light pollution.

    Hey… enjoy the games btw! 🙂

  3. Adam Allegro

    The effort really shows my friend. Well done. I am going to post a shot today that I would have loved to integrate star trails in to but didn’t have the patience… 🙂 What software did you use to create the star trail shot??

  4. John Davenport Post author

    Can’t wait to see what you end up posting today. For the star-trails I just stacked the photos in Photoshop if you’re interested in the exact method I can definitely give you the workflow.