Magic Rock Star Trails


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Raining stars over the California desert, a long exposure photo showing the celestial movements of the heavens.

I’m always amazed at how much color comes out in a photo that is hidden or barely discernible when we are looking at it with our own eyes. I know this intellectually, of course, but am still amazed every time. It’s this sort of quality that further inspires me to slow down and really appreciate the night sky and how the world looks at night in general.

Title: Magic Rock Star Trails
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, 1970s metal tripod from Sears. This is a long exposure night sky photo of 21 minutes in total, with each individual photo exposed for 30 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 400, stacked “by hand” in CS4. I light painted this with a Streamlight LED flashlight. Taken 10:29 pm P.S.T. on 9 November 2013.
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

Higher res version as seen on 500px:

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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