Starry Starry Sunrise?

Back in Cornwall, this shot was taken on the rocks at Trebarwith Strand at first light.  The exposure time was 10 minutes at f/11, ISO-100.  The star trails distinctly show the rotation around the pole star and gives some notion to the fact that we’re hurtling through space at an incredible rate.  It’s all quite mind-blowing to me, trying to get a sense of the scale of the universe in which we live, how it all works and where we fit into it all…

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Certainly makes you think doesn’t it..? ;-)
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57 responses

  1. Simply beautiful photo!

    November 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    • Thank you John.

      November 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  2. Love this!

    November 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      November 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  3. Lovely a lot of startrails for that 10 minute exposure

    November 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    • Thank you Scott!

      November 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  4. Lovely a lot of startrails for that 10 minute exposure

    November 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  5. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Beautiful scene.

    November 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    • Thank you very much Vicki.

      November 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

  6. Wonderful! So glad you were up and out to capture this Adrian!

    November 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    • Thank you Phil!

      November 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm

  7. poppytump

    Such a beautiful surreal contrast. The perfect stillness of the ocean and those heavenly star trails make for a mesmerising image …
    I really love it ! ….definitely on my photography location wish list for next time ChillB ;-)

    November 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    • Thank you Poppy! It is definitely a location worth visiting. You can have first dibs on tripod location! That rock is a little narrow.. :-)

      November 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      • poppytump

        I’ll make sure to remember all of those things when the time comes then ChillB
        ;-)

        November 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm

  8. Lovely image. It brings to mind a snowfall.

    November 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    • Thank you Gunta! :-)

      November 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

  9. Brilliant.

    November 19, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    • Thank you Edith. Much appreciated!

      November 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

  10. That’s a remarkable image. It does show how we’re all connected. Sometimes I feel I have energy whirring through me at that speed ;)

    November 20, 2013 at 1:23 am

    • Thank you Marina. I could do with a bit of that energy. Your yoga certainly seems to work for you. :-)

      November 20, 2013 at 9:42 am

  11. Crazy beautiful, Adrian…those star trails are wonderful!

    November 20, 2013 at 2:10 am

    • Thank you very much Scott! :-)

      November 20, 2013 at 9:43 am

      • You’re most welcome. :)

        November 26, 2013 at 2:46 am

  12. How fascinating…love this shot. Does the same thing happen when shooting a full moon I wonder?

    November 20, 2013 at 3:31 am

    • Thank you Deanna. When shooting the moon on a long exposure it does indeed move. The moon tracks across the sky just as the sun does during the day so if you shoot a long enough exposure, and it doesn’t have to be that long, the moon will have moved by the time you close the shutter again and it will leave a trail. :-)

      November 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

  13. A stunning and surreal scene – wonderful! :)

    November 20, 2013 at 7:20 am

    • Thank you so much Lisa! :-)

      November 20, 2013 at 9:47 am

  14. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    November 20, 2013 at 10:14 am

    • My pleasure, thank you for your comment Erica! :-)

      November 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

  15. Magnificent!

    November 20, 2013 at 11:05 am

    • Thank you very much!

      November 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

  16. Beautiful! This is still on my to-do-list, photograph star trails ;-)

    November 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    • Thank you Yvonne. My plan next time is to go nice and wide and try and get a full circle.

      November 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  17. What a wonderful shot!

    November 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    • Thanks Andy!

      November 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  18. paulscribbles

    Splendid shot…love the movement and the blue of the sky.

    November 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    • Thanks very much Paul!

      November 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  19. Beautiful!

    November 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    • Thank you Hans.

      November 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  20. The universe truly is an incredible thing – I could never get my head around what’s beyond it? Is there an end? How can something have no end?! Oooh boy – time for a lie down :D

    November 21, 2013 at 9:33 am

    • I know what you mean Noeline. Makes your head spin.. along with the universe..

      November 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm

  21. Amazing shot!

    November 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    • Thank you Elena. Really appreciate that.

      November 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm

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    November 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    • Gracias tan mucho. Muy amable de su parte que me sean designadas. Estoy conmovido por sus palabras. :-)

      November 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm

  23. I thought it was rain at first … star tracks … that is MOST interesting. Great shot.

    November 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    • Thank you very much Lynne. I would like to try this again with the pole star in shot and to take a longer exposure to really show the stars rotating around that point in the sky. Watch this space.. ;-)

      November 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  24. Reblogged this on sueshan123.

    November 24, 2013 at 5:42 am

  25. Mesmerizing combination of such speed and stillness… Great shot.

    November 25, 2013 at 11:23 am

    • Thanks Randall. I’m certainly going to be experimenting a bit more with starry skies.

      November 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm

  26. Awesome photo Adrian. This is the first time that I’ve seen a time exposure with a digital camera. I did it with a 35mm years ago, it is pretty neat. Capturing the movement of the stars, earth by the stars is pretty awesome. Great shot with a 10 minute exposure.

    November 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm

  27. It’s really an incredible picture. I love the combination of the washed out see – so soft and delicate – and the moving stars across the sky. Wonderful colours, too. Absolutely awesome, Adrian!

    November 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    • Thank you Otto. Wow, I will definitely do a few more of these. I aim next time to get the pole more in frame so I can perhaps capture a full circle of stars. It’s useful taking the sort of shot at the beach because it tends to be good and dark.

      November 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  28. Sublime! Some fine work here, Adrian. : )

    November 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    • Thank you Karen! :-)

      November 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm

  29. Wonderfully captured.

    November 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    • I really appreciate your comment. Thank you Sally!

      December 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm