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Star Trails by Mohammad Al-Mumen
Wednesday, 11th June 2008

Star Trails

by Mohammad Al-Mumen

This is a 2 hours exposure time to capture star trails over Taif, west of Saudi Arabia. I used digital star trails techniqe as explained here.
Mohammad Al-Mumen
Website: Photos

Star Trails by Mohammad Al-Mumen was photo of the day on Wednesday, 11th June 2008. It is tagged , . You can leave a comment below.



11th June 2008 at 1:44 am

very pretty.

Katherine Lee Strassburg

11th June 2008 at 2:24 am

Breath-taking. Thanks for sharing your view of our shared universe!

11th June 2008 at 4:42 am

This looks fantastic!! Thanks for sharing!

11th June 2008 at 5:12 am

Is this really digital? (and are you looking North?) I didn’t think this kind of exposure was possible with anything but film. If so, it looks like I am going to have to join you and start tracking stars again. What a wonderful foreground.


11th June 2008 at 5:15 am

wow.. i have got nothing to say to say. i like the position of the pole star…

11th June 2008 at 6:17 am

I am always amazed and intrigued by shots like this. How did you get a 2 hour exposure on your digital camera? I love the picture!

11th June 2008 at 6:18 am

great work!!…. I guess the technique was perfect, as we can see the pole star right in the middle of the trails…..

11th June 2008 at 7:49 am

Very beautiful image

11th June 2008 at 8:19 am

As ever shots like this make a really good impression. Nice shot and clarity. I like the branches in the vicinity how crisp they are.

11th June 2008 at 8:47 am

i lov it .. beautifull..!!!


11th June 2008 at 9:05 am

Very well executed.

11th June 2008 at 9:13 am

This shot works well because all the stars are obviously circling Polaris; with this and the rocks in the foreground you have a great composition.

Ahmed Ibrahim

11th June 2008 at 9:19 am

MA SHAA ALLAH, nice and fantastic shot Mr. Mohammed, this 1st time I see this technique, and hope to till us about the machine used in the shot, I’m living in Dammam and I visited Al Taif while Umra and it is very nice place and always clear sky

Ahmed Ibrahim

11th June 2008 at 9:22 am

Also I advise all to visit the web site of Mr. Mohammed to see more beautiful photos.

David W Bailey

11th June 2008 at 9:31 am

Beautiful well done great choice of foreground.

11th June 2008 at 10:22 am

great pic… im a astronomer myself. I really like those star trails.
Thanks for sending it Mohammad!!!

11th June 2008 at 10:31 am

Great shot. Very good light work. My favorite kind of shots. Congratulations!

11th June 2008 at 11:01 am

” I’m sorry Cap’n I cannae reach power for lightspeed! It’s sucking us in and there’s nothing I can dae about it ! ”

Ha Ha

Love it.


11th June 2008 at 12:20 pm


planet lover

11th June 2008 at 1:21 pm

Fantastic view of Earth and sky! Thanks for the link to Shutterbug; I learned a lot.

11th June 2008 at 2:12 pm

Magnificent! thanks for sharing.


11th June 2008 at 2:45 pm

Beautiful! I love the circle effect!

11th June 2008 at 3:41 pm

Breathtaking! Bravo! You are truly gifted. We are “all” so immensley blessed to live on this glorious “Planet.” Such “Oneness.”


11th June 2008 at 4:23 pm

Very clean and sharp. Deep, vivid colors.


11th June 2008 at 4:48 pm

mashallah-the beauty of saudi arabia


11th June 2008 at 5:22 pm

Very beautiful!! I could just look at this photo all day! Congrats!


12th June 2008 at 1:10 am

Great photo. Always wanted to try these types of shots. Thanks for the link.


12th June 2008 at 6:03 am

Trekkie Matt,

Allow me to add Spock’s response to this truly amazing photo:


12th June 2008 at 2:51 pm

A great shot and well executed.

sue gagnon

12th June 2008 at 10:15 pm

Nicely done, my friend :)

18th June 2008 at 8:57 am

Thank you all for your words…I am glad you liked it.

technique is explained in detail here in my blog:

Unfortunately, it is in Arabic Only. However, you can find details in english about this technique here:


Richard Laney

12th July 2008 at 4:32 pm

Can I just point out that the sky isn’t black.
Why is this?
Forgive me if I’m being ignorant but stars are only visible by night, and the sky is still very much blue, especially in the lower right hand corner.
Please explain.


11th June 2009 at 7:30 am

I liked this shot. congrats.

22nd July 2009 at 7:39 pm

Very cool. I love astronomy pictures.


11th June 2010 at 6:10 pm

Still really like this shot!! Wonderful! :)


11th June 2010 at 9:20 pm

I have looked at this a few times, neat

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