What A 24-Hour Exposure Looks Like

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Chris Kotsiopoloulos is the man behind the 30-hour shoot which produced the amazing 360 degree panorama of a day and night in Sounio, Greece. What's the longest exposure you've ever done? Show us your best shots!

Greek astrophotographer Kotsiopoloulos took on the challenge of taking hundreds of long-exposure shots over a 30-hour period. The end result? A mind-bending panoramic image (called a stereographic projection) of 24 hours in Sounio, representing an entire Earth rotation.

Kotsiopoloulos started snapping early in the morning, as the sun peeked out of the east. The sun’s path across the sky is eventually seen until it disappears into the night where, opposite, there are spirals of stars.

Photo by Chris Kotsiopoloulos

“I had to stay in the same place alone for 30 hours in total to get everything right, prepare and take the pictures. At night it became even more difficult because I had to keep my eyes open and inspect the camera lens for moisture." He even had to use a hairdryer to keep equipment from moistening. Afterwards, he pieced the photos together into one 360 degree panorama of, quite literally, a day (and night) on Earth.

Those who have tried the manual bulb setting on their cameras (like on the La Sardina) would know the rewarding feeling from a successful long-exposure. What’s the longest exposure you’ve ever done? Show us your best shots!

Visit Greek Sky for more of Chris Kotsiopoloulos’ astrophotography. Sourced from News AU and Colossal.

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written by denisesanjose on 2012-05-03 in #news #long-exposures #chris-kotsiopoloulos #art #greece #digital #photography

17 Comments

  1. stratski
    stratski ·

    Tree months: www.lomography.com/homes/stratski/photos/15971327
    It's not nearly as spectacular as this one, though...

  2. emilios
    emilios ·

    insane!!!!!!!!!

  3. pollyarts
    pollyarts ·

    Absolute genius!

  4. jasiehasie
    jasiehasie ·

    Goodness what an amazing sight! I would love to try that some day when i have the time and the location to spare!

  5. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    His thumb must be big after that =DDDD

  6. mr_dareadoreme
  7. stratski
    stratski ·

    @mr_dareadoreme: Nice one!

  8. mr_dareadoreme
    mr_dareadoreme ·

    Thanks, I have a couple more in the works!

  9. kakikamera
    kakikamera ·

    how this can be done? i still cant understand. :(

  10. zekalinova
    zekalinova ·

    Really a masterpiece,genius,determined,dazzling..
    what camera did you use?still an analogue?and how you do that?on the top of mountain or something? :) *i'm really really curious about this*

  11. superkulisap
    superkulisap ·

    Sorry for my language, but his work is f**king awesome!!!!

  12. mscagli1
    mscagli1 ·

    Sooooo awesome... I'm in awe...

  13. lordlarry
    lordlarry ·

    Tips please?!? I wanna try this too!!! XD

  14. dreadlockboy
    dreadlockboy ·

    damn great...salute :)

  15. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    brilliant!!!

  16. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Amazing.

  17. aguillem
    aguillem ·

    photoextremist.com/how-to-take-360x180-degree-stereographic…
    The real challenge seems to be mixing normal and long exposures !

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