February 29, 2016

Celestial Spin

Photograph by Alexander Grabchilev, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot community member Alexander Grabchilev submitted this image of star trails over Karnataka, India. He made this photo while visiting Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the location of the extensive ruins of the Hindu city of Vijayanagar, built in the 14th through 16th centuries.

Grabchilev explains his process for photographing the star trails: “I [did] about a hundred shots with a 40-second exposure, one by one, and [the shots were] stitched in post-processing.”

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18 comments
Craig Leigh
Craig Leigh

There is an undeniable beauty to your click.

beyhan bayhan
beyhan bayhan

Very beautiful photo, it looks like it's a footage from a sci-fi movie. They might even use this photo in the upcoming seasons of the Ancient Aliens lol.

Chris Bradshaw
Chris Bradshaw

Thanks for fascinating image of star trails and ancient civilisation. The repeated pattern in the circular ruins is wonderful, all brought together by the reflected light.

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