Starry Nights - Rajesh Jyothiswaran
Star Trails over Mangalam

Star Trails over Mangalam

Capturing Star trails is a little tedious affair with many hours of shooting followed by processing hundreds of exposures to get one single image. Sometimes however, it feels worth it like this one, especially as I set this camera first before moving on shooting the Milky Way from the otherside of the Dome at Chinmaya Mangalam, a spiritual retreat in Barry, Texas.

388 exposures of 30 seconds each represent the motion of Earth relative to the heavens in the form of star trails around Polaris, the North Star.

The colors in the star trails are real but slightly exaggerated for artisic effect. Does anyone know what the Red Star is on the far left?

For more info on color of the stars visit this website:

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