Trip report: Star trail – Hole in the Wall (in the making)

Ever wondering how star trails are shot? Here is an example portrayed in words and photos:


Step 1: “Kuier lekker die vorige aand” – so that everybody can decide that it is not worth going out at night to do a star trail photo shoot. Rather do it in the next morning during what is called the blue hour.


Step 2: Alarm goes off at 03H00. Having a quick cup of tea and some rusks. Quick shave. Get everything ready, in the vehicles and ready to roll. Leaving the houses around 04H00 while one member decided it is not for him.


Step 3: Arrive at the venue around 04H15. Walking down a steep slope/bank in the dark to arrive near the Hole in the Wall.


Step 4: The setup with the master hard at work as illustrated below. Start shooting around 05H00 with a few quick Milky way photos to get the composition just right. Still pitch dark. – not easy to get the composition spot on. Camera settings are called by HM – “ISO3200, F4, ……” and so on. “Get the focus right” was the next command. Then ” Cable releases in place? Great. Now on my count – three, two, one: SHOOT”


Master at work 1



Step 5: Now it is time to relax, having some fun, drinking tea and “kuier verder” for another hour while the camera is doing all the work about 100m away.


Star trails 2


Star trails 1


Images of the actual photos (Milky way and star trail) to follow – keep watching this space/follow this blog


  1. #1 by Brenda on May 7, 2013 - 10:23 am

    Dit lyk mos na baie meer fun as om te sit en honderde vraestelle merk!

  2. #2 by Dave on May 14, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Love it….sounds like you’re having fun….happy shooting…..

  3. #3 by Johan Kotzé on May 15, 2013 - 8:06 am

    The “step-by-step” guide to shooting star trails, will be of great value when photographers like myself consider to give it a go. So sad that one of the members of your group opted not to go along. Most probably one of those individuals that adopted an adjusted proverb: “The early worm gets caught”

  4. #4 by whk139 on May 15, 2013 - 11:49 am

    Thanks for comments and yes, it was fun and hard work. Even if it doesn’t look like it. Yes, just watch out for the birds and the worm would not get caught.

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