James T Kirk Star Trails – Night Photography at Vasquez Rocks

Vasquez Rocks is the location where Captain James T Kirk battled the Gorn lizard man.  And why not?  It’s an otherworldly location where one can easily imagine oneself on another planet.  To push that along further, I photographed this at night during a 60% illuminated moon, shooting star trails to accentuate the alien landscape.

I like to shoot with low ISO, as low as I can get away with, and a noted astronomer and night sky photographer for TWAN (The World At Night, an international team of sky photographers) commented, “I’ve got to start trying lower ISOs… this is as clean and pretty an image as I’ve seen!”

Perhaps part of it is I am used to using cheap budget DSLRs to shoot night sky photos.  And part of it is that I really don’t like noise.  Unless I put it in there!!  😀

Please click on the photo to view it larger and more clearly!  Thanks!

Title: James T Kirk Star Trails
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, 33 minute total exposure after stacking. Each individual photo was a 30 second exposure, ISO 400 f/4. Natural lighting. 20 April 2013 1:42 am.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Vasquez Rocks, California, USAThanks for the love and encouragement!

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.

You can see more of these photos here  on my Ken Lee Photography Facebook Page (poke your head in, say hi, and “like” the page if you would, uh, like). We discuss long exposure, night sky, star trails, and coastal long exposure photography, as well as lots of other things, so I hope you can join us!

And you can go to the Ken Lee Photography website, which has more photos from Ken Lee.  Thank you very much for visiting!



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