Milky Way and Bristlecone Pine

Milky Way and Bristlecone Pines

Milky Way, Patriarch Grove, Ancient Bristlecone pines.

Here is another photograph of the Milky way at the Bristlecone Pine – White Mountains in California.

This August (2011), I attended a workshop – \”Dark of the Night Star Photography\”. This was organized by the Pt. Reyes National Seashore Association and the instructors were the really good Harold Davis, Steven Christenson and Eric Harness. (Side Note: Check this interview I did with Harold Davis a while back – its an awesome read.)

On this workshop, we stayed at the Crooked Creek Research Station at 10,200 feet altitude. The accomodation was good – clean, warm. Not your luxury accommodation you would find at a five star hotel, but dorm style with very clean bathrooms, and beds, and a heater and with a very nice view – just perfect for people on a photography workshop.

The classroom area was pretty nice and comfortable as well. We did have intermittent cell phone service (AT&T and Verizon) in some areas. We also had satellite Internet and wifi – though only from 2.00am till 9.30am – which really sucked. I do wish we had 24 hr internet access.

The point of the workshop – of course was night photography. We went to Patrirach Grove on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night. This photograph was taken on the last night at the Patriarch grove. I really wanted to get a shot of the milky way and here it is!

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 30s (aperture manual)
Focal Length: 8mm
Lens: Peleng 8mm f3.5 Fisheye for Canon
ISO: 1600
WB: Daylight
Date: August 28, 2011

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