A tent glows green in front of spiraling star trails

Photo: Antonio Solano/500px

Spiraling under control

Camper and photo-editing master Antonio Solano captured this image — a beautiful feat of night photography — and by using Photoshop and a program called StarStaX, he turned it into a photo with movement reminiscent of our own Milky Way galaxy.

Whereas other star trail photos showcase stars in a semicircle or even 360 degrees of stars, this process results in an unusual but totally fascinating pattern. With a simple snapshot of the night sky, anyone can achieve a vortex star trail via this tutorial from Hammad Iqbal Photography. For more serious photographers equipped with Adobe Lightroom, After Effects and StarStaX, the following video shows how to create vortex star trails from start to finish:

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