The best star-trail photos make you feel small, and that’s just how we feel about this vertical panorama taken at Arches National Park in Utah:
The photo was snapped by Mike Taylor. Taylor composed this image from five long exposures, including four 25-second shots of the sky (ISO 4000) and one 282-second shot of the foreground (ISO 1600), all taken with a Nikon D600 and 14-24mm lens set at f/2.8. He stitched the sky together in Adobe Lightroom and processed the rest of the package in Photoshop.
Much of the coloration can be attributed to the long exposures; the orange is due to simple light pollution, while the Milky Way looks bluer than in real life because of post-processing to offset the orange. But if you don’t mind a little exaggerated color in your shots, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything more beautiful.
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