Stunning Star Trails Photographed from the Australian Outback

Photographer Lincoln Harrison captures jaw-dropping photographs of star trails. Shooting from the Australian outback, he spends up to 15 hours creating each image of the night sky. Shooting with a Nikon D7000, Nikon D3100, and a wide assortment of lenses, Harrison captures a large number of exposures of the foreground and stars separately. He then combines the images (sometimes hundreds of them) into amazing photographs showing the sky dominated by colorful star trails.

You can find more of his star trail photos in this Flickr set.

Startrails (via New School of Photography)

Image credits: Photographs by Lincoln Harrison and used with permission

  • Dilworthdesigns

    Such a creative and unique concept and execution! I’m always fascinated by folks who have such dedication to spend so much time constructing works of art from their photographs. Good work buddy!

  • Dan N.

    Nice shots, but I think that the sky is way too saturated in those photos.

  • Tim Carr

    he got his first camera in 2010?! if that’s true, this guy is either getting expert help, or is a photog-genius

  • Jan

    or maybe the guy is just really dedicated, talent is nice but without dedication it doesn’t get you far. I’m pretty sure that a guy that spends 15 hours on post will also put in the effort to practice the capturing part over and over till he gets it right. Awesome pics.

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  • Mehman

    this guy obviously has too much time in his hands, creating such pictures really require time and lots of it. Kudos to you sir!

  • Jason

    Anyone that has taken star trail shots on film knows that stars do not come out in this many different colours, they are only ever white and different levels of brightness, does anyone really believe this is real?

  • Gonzo

    It is real. He probably used different white balances to give the stars a different color.

  • Iracha Borisudhiyangkun

    Looks amazing

  • Dave

    Actually, anyone who has taken star trail images, whether film or digital, would KNOW that they ALWAYS come out different colors. That is one of the first things you notice. I guess this means you have no experience doing this type of photography. The colors in these images are way oversaturated but stars record as many different colors.

  • Reweb

    He’s a computer genius, not a phot genius.

  • Jason

    Look at any real long exposure star trail that has not been done in post with stacking and they will not look different colours, there may be subtle changes to the whiteness but not in anyway this ridiculous and no way to get them looking like this with just saturation. I have plenty of experience otherwise why would I post this?

  • Dave

    I see… he went in and colored each individual star trail differently for this effect? Seems legit. Don’t make comments about something you know nothing about.

  • Lj

     The different colors of the star streaks are from the “temperature” of
    light that the stars burn at. Just like a candle gives and orange light,
    and a gas stove burns blue- the stars in our sky shine all different
    sorts of colored light.

  • Atom Foto

    Looks pretty cool…but how much post was done here?


  • FoxyReign

    Could you share your EXIF on the pictures you posted?