Here is the star trail at the Bristlecone Pine – White Mountains in California.
In 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 at the Patriarch grove. It is a stack of about 23 images, hand blended with one more for foreground detail. The different colors of circles in the star trail are due to the different colors of stars. Isn\’t that amazing?
Below are some links to tutorials about Star Trails for those interested:
Star Circle Academy star trails – http://blog.starcircleacademy.com/2011/03/star-trail-creation/
Photo extremist – some tricks – http://photoextremist.com/star-trails-tutorial
Another nice tutorial – http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/725769/0
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 30s (aperture manual)
Focal Length: 8mm
Lens: Peleng 8mm f3.5 Fisheye for Canon
Date: August 28, 2011