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Star Trails, Rocca Calascio, Abruzzo, Italy by Massimo D’Ambrosio

This medieval fortress is situated in the south part of Campo Imperatore highlands in Abruzzo (Italy). The place named Rocca Calascio was the location for several films (lady Hawke, The name of the rose and others). The rock resisted to earthquakes from 1461 until today. Now Rocca Calascio is an important location for all landscape photographers in the centre of Italy. Winter, autumn and summer are the best seasons to shot in this place, summer is the best for night sky shots while autumn and winter are the best for colors and snow. This is a classical composition to use to shoot the rock, this subject is also interesting under the Milky Way that in April rises just above the rock. In this case I preferred to shoot a star trail due to the high humidity present that night.


Camera Canon 6D
Lens Samyang 14mm f/2.8
Aperture f/2.8
S/S 30 sec
ISO 800
Additional Notes This is a composite image, the background is shot at the end of the blue hour (ISO 100, f/11, 13sec) while the startrail is acquired during night (150 shots, ISO 800, f/2.8, 30 sec).
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