Battle Triumphant Star Trails: Borrego Springs Long Exposure Photo With Amazing Sculptures by Ricardo Breceda

5920kenlee_borregosprings-2015-03-20-2313-4min-76mtotal-f4iso640-battlingdinosaurstartrails-lightpainted-flatPlease click on the photo to view it larger and more clearly!  Thanks!

This is a star trails photo facing more or less east, showing the perceived movements of the stars over 76 minutes, and features two of Breceda’s battling dinosaur sculptures. I illuminated the dinosaurs with a ProtoMachine LED2 during the exposure or they would have appeared as silhouettes. The dinosaur on the right appears to be emitting some sort of laser blast from its mouth. This is actually the light trail from an airplane. It’s unusual that I leave these in, as I almost always clone them out. But the placement of this airplane trail struck me as funny, and I couldn’t resist keeping it in! The glow in the distance is light pollution, probably from the houses and resorts about a mile or so beyond. I had only small issues with bending to adjust and view the camera, not bad considering I had surgery for a torn meniscus last month.

Title: The Battle Triumphant Star Trails (5920)
Photo: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens at 14mm, 76 minutes total exposure. I stacked 19 photos of 4 minutes each at f/4, ISO 640 using Photoshop CS4. Some minor image processing in Photoshop CS4 with Nik Viveza. 2015-03-20 23:13. Light painted with a ProtoMachine LED2. All color work was done during the exposure, and is not a Photoshop creation. I shot the “stacked” photos with Triggertrap from my smartphone.
Location: Borrego Springs, CA USA

Equipment:  Nikon D610, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod.

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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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