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I had the pleasure of staying overnight at the remote Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple, located in rural Ventura County, up in the mountains, sort of between Ojai and Frazier Park. I was able to take some night sky photos, as well as day photos, on the grounds of this beautiful retreat, and figured I’d share them with you. The people there were kind, generous, and welcoming, and made my brief stay a total joy.
Starry nights underneath the stupa at Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple and Meditation Retreat in the mountains of rural Ventura County, with this long exposure photo showing the movement of the stars around the North Star. A stupa typically contains relics of the Buddha and is used by Buddhists as a place of meditation.
Title: Pine Mountain Stupa Star Trails
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Feisol tripod. This is a long exposure night sky photo of 23 and a half minutes in total, with each individual photo exposed for 30 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 500, stacked “by hand” in CS4. I light painted the stupa and foreground with a Streamlight LED flashlight. Photo begun 7:40 pm D.S.T. on 23 November 2013.
Location: Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple, Maricopa, California, USA
Equipment: Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.
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