Star trails over the downtown skyline. The view is from Coronado.

My City Under the Stars | Downtown San Diego

The San Diego skyline at night with the circular trails in the night sky from recording the motion of the stars over several hours.

The Story Behind the Photo

I took advantage of a record heat wave and the extremely dry conditions brought by the Santa Ana winds to capture star trails over downtown. The dewpoint was around 40 degrees at night and the low humidity increases visibility (less moisture in the air to reflect light pollution). This is a shot that I've been thinking about taking for the better part of a year. I made my first attempt on a Tuesday night and photographed for about an hour but I realized when I got home that one hour wasn't going to be long enough. Even though we had clear skies, with the light pollution very few stars were visibile and the short recording time meant that the trails weren't long enough in the image.

So I went back out on Wednesday night and then shot for three hours to get longer trails. As a bonus, there are almost no planes flying around after midnight. On the other hand, flying drones downtown late at night is very popular. Luckily the drones stayed low and didn't go much above the building tops.

About the Prints

This photograph is available in a limited edition of 100 fine art prints. Each print is made to order with the highest quality pigment inks and fine art papers. They are signed and come with a certificate of authenticity. Small prints under 15" on the long dimension are excluded from the edition. If you have any questions about this specific image or my prints in general, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Museum Quality Print

Archival Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper

This is a photographic print made on Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag which is a heavyweight (310 gsm) and 100% cotton paper. The image is printed using pigment inks with outstanding archival properties. All images are printed at the listed size on paper that is slightly larger resulting in an additional border. This is a print only, shipped rolled in a robust protective tube.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please inquire for international rates.


Acrylic Fine Art Print with a Float Mount — Ready to Hang

Trulife Acrylic Fine Art Print

This is a photographic print where the front has been directly adhered to a sheet of TruLife acrylic which is an ultra clear, scratch resistant, and anti-reflective glazing. This process is known as face mounting. The acrylic captures light internally and bounces it off the surface of the print resulting in a display with incredible depth and vibrancy. With proper lighting, the acrylic print will appear to have light emanating from the image itself. The back of the print is sealed with another layer of protective acrylic.

The print comes ready to hang with hidden mounting hardware on the back that makes the print appear as if it is floating in front of the wall. No additional framing is needed. Choose this medium for a modern and minimalist presentation.

Print is signed and numbered on verso (back).

Please allow 4-6 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please inquire for international rates.


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