It’s an interesting feeling to be atop Haleakala, high above the South Pacific, with the feeling of being on top of the world. Atop Haleakala National Park you can see out for 50 miles in every direction when its cloud-free and you tower above the rest of Maui. Yet when you take a star trail photo such as this you quickly realize that you were really on the side of our spinning globe. Star trail photos are always fun, but I’m particularly fond of this one because Polaris is so much closer to the horizon than I’m used to. One day it would be equally fun to head closer to the Arctic to see Polaris directly overhead.
Canon 5D Mark II + Canon 14mm f/2.8L II USM
f/7.1, ISO 6400 at 90 min