Greek photographer Chris Kotsiopoulos recently decided to try visualizing a full day in a single photograph. What he ended up with was the incredible, 360°, time-spanning panorama pictured here.

We've featured Kotsiopoulos' breathtaking photography before, but this is the first time we've seen him produce something like this. According to him, the composite image [hi-res available here] comprises roughly 500 star trails, 35 sun sequences and 25 landscape shots, all photographed over the course of around 30 hours.


"The shooting began the morning of December 30, 2010," he explains on his website, where he's posted a step-by-step tutorial to creating a 24-hour panorama of your own. He continues:

I started taking photos with the camera on a tripod facing east "The 'day part' is composed of a dozen of shots covering the landscape from east to west and the Sun's course from sunrise to sunset. The Sun's position was recorded exactly every 15 minutes using an intervalometer, with an astrosolar filter adjusted to the camera lens. In one of the shots, when the Sun was near it's maximum altitude, I removed the filter in order to capture a more 'dramatic' shot with the Sun's glare.


After the sunset, I took various shots with the camera facing west - northwest in order to achieve a more smooth transition from the 'day part' to the 'night part' of the picture. The 'night part' is also composed of a dozen of shots covering the landscape from west to east.

After the 'transition' shots I mentioned above, I took a small startrail sequence, with approximately half an hour duration, and the camera facing northwest. Then at 19.13 local time, I turned the camera to north and I started taking the all-night startrail which lasted almost 11 hours. After the 11 hour startrail I turned the camera to northeast and I shot a half an hour startrail, and finally with the camera at northeast and east some 'night to day' transition shots.


You'll find plenty more of Kotsiopoulos' spellbinding work over on his website.