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Drakensburg Amphitheatre At Night

By michaeldt
From my holiday back home earlier this year.

Scanned slide, adjusted brightness and contrast in PS so that the sky and the shape of the mountain could be seen.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: csurry, bayliss444, wgfarquhar and 18 more



csurry 21 9.2k 92
3 Dec 2004 3:33AM
Very good, always wanted to shoot star trails, but too much light pollution where I live.
michaeldt 19 1.2k
3 Dec 2004 3:35AM
thanks. there is still light pollution there, but combined with the effects of a long exposure gives a nice blue tone....
bayliss444 19 23
3 Dec 2004 3:35AM
nice one, click Brian
wgfarquhar 18 473
3 Dec 2004 3:35AM
excellent shot, very nice work to find the polar star to add the extra effect.
3 Dec 2004 3:37AM
This is brilliant. K.
michaeldt 19 1.2k
3 Dec 2004 3:40AM
thanks grant. it was just luck really, i was only trying to frame it so that there would be a silhouette of the mountain.

thanks brian, K
cats_123 Plus
19 5.2k 31 Northern Ireland
3 Dec 2004 3:46AM
great effect

gravyman 19 45
3 Dec 2004 3:48AM
Nice shot.
Have wanted to do this myself but was too noisy with my old D1.
Just bought a D70 so hope to have a go soon.
How long was your exposure?

chrisbooth 18 16 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2004 3:56AM
Great shot
jimbo_t 19 959 England
3 Dec 2004 3:57AM
Wow great trail!
I've just uploaded my attempt, but has been affected by light!
insanebmx312 18 48
3 Dec 2004 4:16AM
Excellent shot.
3 Dec 2004 4:17AM
I do love long exposure shots like this, click
junglecat 18 12
3 Dec 2004 4:32AM
Good work. How long was the exposure?
johnjohn01 21 58 England
3 Dec 2004 4:56AM
Great shot - really draws the eye in.
michaeldt 19 1.2k
3 Dec 2004 5:06AM
thanks for the comments guys.

the exposure was about an hour at 3.5, i think. i did another one for 30 mintues of just sky and the trails are all there, just not as long. so i suppose aperture affects the brightness of the stars and shutter speed affects the length of the trail.

jimbot. had a look at yours, the foreground light is a nice effect, something i want to try in future. i had thought of pasting in a shot of the mountain for this one, but decided to leave it just as it is.
itinerario 19 42 Netherlands
3 Dec 2004 5:13AM
digicammad 19 22.0k 40 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2004 5:17AM
Excellent shot, must have a go at this if I can ever get to somewhere with no street lights.

janieb 19 166 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2004 5:34AM
woohooo another South African, Smile love this pic anyway wish I have photographed the Drakensburg more back in SA excellent shot.

Yogendra Plus
19 22 1 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2004 5:58AM
Stunning image, Superb.

michaeldt 19 1.2k
3 Dec 2004 6:27AM
thanks for the comments.

janie, i know what you mean. i've seen more of SA sice moving over here than the 19 years i lived there. sad, but i suppose if i didn't move here, i probably wouldn't have ever seen the things i it's all worked out ok in the end!!
vtoth 18 271 Croatia
3 Dec 2004 2:56PM
i always wished i had a chance to shoot things like that.

how i envy you!

this is so gorgeous!
bassan 20 15
5 Dec 2004 2:57AM
like it
michaeldt 19 1.2k
5 Dec 2004 11:51PM
thanks yuno, bassan
exclusive 18 579 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2005 12:48PM
holy moly, what a shot, please tell me how long the exposure was on this. its superb. Click, Click, Click
Tooth 18 5.8k 227 Ireland
21 Dec 2005 4:47AM
Just had a thought might help: 360 deg. in 24 hours (one earth rotation), so 15 degrees per hour, or one degree per 4 minutes.

Now I haven't got a protractor handy, but if anyone has, measure the circular angle of one of the longer trails, and then calculate. For instance, if, as it looks to me as a guess, it's about 15 degrees, then it's an hour exposure (which looking back is what Michael said.

Hope that's helpful

Nearly forgot to say - lovely shot , love the different star colours

jeanie Plus
19 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2006 5:40PM
I had a go at this and it was naff.. Now noted your shutter speed/aperture and will try again once I am in a less polluted area..
Excellent work!


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