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See How These Astrophotographers Create Star Trails

Capturing a successful astrophotography image is a feat in and of itself, and incorporating creative techniques like star trailing is a great way to challenge yourself to make your astrophotography even more interesting. This week we’re featuring a group of photographers who are creating star trail images with their Sony Alpha gear and posting them on Instagram. See how they’ve been capturing star trails with cameras like the Alpha 7S III and Sony Alpha 7R IV, and lenses like the Sony 20mm f/1.8 G and Sony 16-35mm f.2.8 G Master. Ready to give your own star trail images a shot? Check out this article on Camera Setup Tips For Stacked Star Trail Images. Tag your own Sony shots on Instagram with #BeAlpha for the chance to be featured on AlphaUniverse.com, and give @sonyalpha a follow for your daily dose of creative inspiration.

Tag your Sony shots with #BeAlpha for the chance to be featured on AlphaUniverse.com, and follow @sonyalpha for your daily dose of Sony inspiration.

Stan Moniz – @stanmoniz

Stan Moniz is a photographer/filmmaker and member of the Sony Alpha Imaging Collective. His account puts the epic results of his adventure photography journey on display and his astrophotography images show off his level of passion and creativity. He also happens to create some stunning stacked star trails, and we learned all about how he does it in his article, Camera Setup Tips For Stacked Star Trail Images. Just look at the mesmerizing star trail footage he creates below! Follow his account to join in on his epic and endless photo adventure.

Dan Marker-Moore – @danorst

Dan Marker-Moore is a photographer and cinematographer with a passion for cityscapes, landscapes, time slices, GIFs and more. On the Alpha Collective member's Instagram you’ll find all of his passions and more come to life. Always testing the boundaries and experimenting with his photography, this is one creative whose posts will keep you on your toes. He captured this mind-blowing star trail composite in Joshua Tree National Park, and the entire process took him an entire night to shoot and many more nights to edit. Over 5,000 images are in the composite, and he captured them all with his Sony Alpha 7R III and Sony 35mm f/1.4.

Michael Hollender – @mrhollender

Michael Hollender is a landscape, travel and long exposure photographer and another member of the Alpha Collective. His passion for photography has taken him to over 50 national parks, and you’ll see many of his captures from them as you scroll through his Instagram. He views photography as his canvas and his camera is the tool that allows him to paint light and capture the stars. He captured this star trail at Bryce Canyon National Park with his Sony Alpha 7R IV and Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master.

Chandresh Kedhambadi – @photon.chaser

Chandresh Kedhambadi (C.K) is a nightscape & landscape photographer based in Calgary, Alberta. His work mostly focuses on capturing the pristine beauty offered by the Canadian Rockies. In addition to sharp and clear images of the Milky Way, he also creates stunning spiral star trails with his Sony Alpha gear. Learn more about the gear he uses for astrophotography in his What’s In My Bag article and read the story behind one of his Milky Way images in his Behind The Shot article. He captured the incredible star trail image below using his Sony Alpha 7R III and Sony ​​24mm f/1.4 G Master.

Chris Olivas – @cholivas

Chris Olivas is an astro, landscape and adventure photographer and videographer. His Instagram account features a ton of mesmerizing astro photos from his ventures into the desert at night. He took this epic star trail in Death Valley National Park with his Sony Alpha 7S III. Learn more about the gear he uses for adventure and astrophotography in his What’s In My Bag article.

Charlie McClain – @charleswmcclain.photography

Charlie McClain is an avid hiker and amateur photographer. On his Instagram account you’ll find colorful landscapes and astroscapes that capture the beauty of the natural world and pay homage to all things nature. He captured this star trail image at the quirky “Stonehenge II'' attraction in Texas with his Sony Alpha 7R III and Sony 20mm f/1.8 G lens. Give his account a follow to see what he captures with his Sony Alpha gear next.


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