The Old School House

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© Daniel Newton
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In a lonely valley near rural Alturas, California, miles away from sky polluting lights of the city, the setting sun illuminates a dusty Ranch. Among the rusty Buicks and grazing livestock stands a decrepit, single-roomed school building complete with a creaking door, broken paned glass windows and occupied by an ecosystem of eight-legged nocturnal crawlers.

It was there, on the dusty floor lined with torn Jehovah’s witness brochures and the occasional playing card, that we slept.

Clocking in at 7 hours (stacked), this shot of an old single room school building is the longest star trails shot I've done thus far.

Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16mm, 70 x 6min = 7 hours, f/4, ISO 500.

A coleman lantern illuminated the inside and a red gelled flash light painted the exterior. Thanks to Jon for the superb light painting.

52 responses

  • silvia fib

    silvia fib said (7 Oct 2009):

    be stars? :O


  • Lianne Stefurak

    Lianne Stefurak gave props (7 Oct 2009):

    wow. Well done! Great image.

  • Gary Fudge

    Gary Fudge (Deleted) gave props (7 Oct 2009):


  • Jason Hudson

    Jason Hudson said (7 Oct 2009):

    A seven hour exposure. Wow. I hope this gets published somewhere someday!

  • Sanjin Agic

    Sanjin Agic said (11 Oct 2009):

    Nice nice nice nice nice nice nice... Sorry, I dont have 7 hours to writte how well done this is. Good work

  • Howard Seelig

    Howard Seelig gave props (14 Oct 2009):


  • Hauritsa

    Hauritsa said (15 Oct 2009):

    good job!

  • rory adityawan

    rory adityawan gave props (15 Oct 2009):

    7 hours of one single shot?? tough one..

  • Wendy A Perry

    Wendy A Perry gave props (16 Oct 2009):

    This is crazy!! So amazing!

  • aurelio laloni

    aurelio laloni (Deleted) gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    hat off!

  • Mark Jenson

    Mark Jenson gave props (20 Oct 2009):

    Very nice!

  • Phyllis Hanson

    Phyllis Hanson gave props (21 Oct 2009):


  • Matt Granz

    Matt Granz gave props (23 Oct 2009):

    Fantastic Blending! I want to try out multiple exposure night shots and you are inspiring me… though I'm not the best at combining...

  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (24 Oct 2009):

    Wow, just amazing!! Wonderful capture and thank you for the technical info, greatly appreciated!!

  • Wallace Jones

    Wallace Jones gave props (24 Oct 2009):

    wow! that is awesome! congrats on making the JPG blog!

  • Gwendolyn Ewart

    Gwendolyn Ewart (Deleted) gave props (24 Oct 2009):

    exactly what Sandy said!

  • Misty Briggs

    Misty Briggs (Deleted) said (24 Oct 2009):

    Simply amazing.

  • Eric M

    Eric M gave props (26 Oct 2009):

    Love it!

  • David McCrillis

    David McCrillis gave props (27 Oct 2009):


  • Sean Lee

    Sean Lee gave props (27 Oct 2009):

    incredible capture - insane patience!!! I love it!

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (27 Oct 2009):

    Love it. Very beautiful.

  • mark regester

    mark regester (Deleted) gave props (27 Oct 2009):


  • Richard Schenk

    Richard Schenk gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    wow! I stepped up to a dslr for nite pics, but have stillyet to embrace it. Cool!

  • Giannis Kosmas

    Giannis Kosmas gave props (28 Oct 2009):


  • Marianne Greig

    Marianne Greig gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    i can only say "wow"

  • Kristina Gale

    Kristina Gale gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    Absolutely amazing!

  • Matt Waldron

    Matt Waldron gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    I think wow sums it up nicely.

  • Raffi D

    Raffi D gave props (28 Oct 2009):


  • Carlos Ugarte

    Carlos Ugarte said (30 Oct 2009):

    Definitly worth the time. amazing image

  • mark yugawa

    mark yugawa   gave props (30 Oct 2009):

    wow, this is amazing

  • Sarah Levi

    Sarah Levi gave props (1 Nov 2009):

    its so beautiful and useful. brilliant!

  • Chloé Dei Cas

    Chloé Dei Cas said (1 Nov 2009):

    i love this picture. this work is beautiful !!

  • Navrooz

    Navrooz gave props (1 Nov 2009):

    Looks like a painting. Absolutely amazing!!!

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff said (1 Nov 2009):

    Exceptional, quality work.

  • Brian Basi

    Brian Basi (Deleted) gave props (1 Nov 2009):

    OMG!!! This is one the best star trails I've ever seen!!! 7 HOURS... you're truly dedicated to getting the shot!

  • Angel Foice

    Angel Foice gave props (1 Nov 2009):

    reminds me of van goghs painting, starry night. i love it!

  • Will Simon

    Will Simon gave props (3 Nov 2009):

    easily one of the best (if not THE best) star trail pictures ive seen. lighting is just fantastic!

  • Seth Deibel

    Seth Deibel gave props (4 Nov 2009):

    really incredible work...nicely done

  • Pet Parents

    Pet Parents gave props (7 Nov 2009):

    wow. what dedication

  • Andreas Gehret

    Andreas Gehret (Deleted) gave props (8 Nov 2009):

    Absolutely incredible shot! Amazing!

  • J.P Fonrodona

    J.P Fonrodona said (9 Nov 2009):


  • Hongky Zein

    Hongky Zein said (10 Nov 2009):

    It's beautiful picture....

    How's the camera's censor ?...


  • Matt Ramsey

    Matt Ramsey gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    Wow, this is awesome! Great work!

  • niko niko

    niko niko gave props (29 Nov 2009):


  • Jenny Murphy

    Jenny Murphy gave props (8 Dec 2009):

    o my god! thats all that comes to mind when i saw this shot and then after i read your story my mouth dropped wide open! i can only hope that one day i can come close to as good as you are!

  • Steve Carbone

    Steve Carbone said (1 Feb 2010):

    Great Shot

  • Carlos Tesla

    Carlos Tesla said (9 Mar 2010):

    wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!really awesome!

  • Effy B.

    Effy B. said (25 Jul 2010):

    This is inspiring! Great shot.

  • Jane Monaghan

    Jane Monaghan said (5 Feb 2011):

    Wow this is awesome! Nice work

  • Sara Knick

    Sara Knick gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    Oh my God! Dizzying!

  • Ryan Lunsford

    Ryan Lunsford gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    Great stack!

  • Chelsea Striemer

    Chelsea Striemer (Deleted) gave props (18 Feb 2011):

    This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing [:

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