Photo: McGill Star Trails (Long Exposure Photography)

9514kenlee-2015-07-17-2228begun_mtpinos-startrails-2minf32iso400-63total-2hrs6mintotal_starstax-1000pxI was never sure about this. I don’t do hyper-saturated star trails or really use saturation much at all, but I thought I’d try something different here.

This is a two hour 6 minute star trails photo, showing the perceived movement of the stars due to the rotation fo the earth. I almost never saturate star trails, but thought I would experiment with it here, just to try something different. The stars are appearing to circle around Polaris, the North Star, as we are looking north while in the Northern Hemisphere. The trees were light painted with a ProtoMachines LED2.

Mount Pinos is probably the best place near Los Angeles for viewing the stars because it has relatively low light pollution, clear skies, and is 8,847 feet (2,697 m) in elevation. Mt. Pinos is the highest point in Ventura County, and one of the most popular spots near Los Angeles for star gazing. As a bonus, if you are in a hurry, you can easily drive up to near the summit, just about 1.4 miles away. This, however, was taken at the McGill Campground, just walking around our campsite.

Mt. Pinos, called “Iwihinmu” by the Chumash, was considered to be the center of the world (“Liyikshup”), an area where everything was in balance, and was the center of their ancestral home.

Title: McGill Star Trails (9514)
Photo: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens at 14mm. The total exposure was 2 hours and six minutes, stacking images in StarStax. Each photo was 2 min f/3.2, ISO 400, 2015-07-17 22:29. I used a Protomachines LED2 for light painting.
Location: Mt. Pinos, California, USA
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Mount Pinos es probablemente el mejor lugar cerca de Los Angeles para ver las estrellas ya que tiene relativamente poca polucion de luz, cielos claros, y es 8,847 feet (2,697 m) de altura. Mt. Pinos es el punto más alto en el condado de Ventura, y uno de los lugares más populares cerca de Los Angeles para observar las estrellas. Y tambien, si usted está en un apuro, puede conducir fácilmente hasta cerca de la cumbre, a tan sólo unos 1,4 kilómetros de distancia.

Monte Pinos, llamados “Iwihinmu” por el Chumash, fue considerado como el centro del mundo (“Liyikshup”), una zona donde todo estaba en equilibrio, y fue el centro de hogar ancestral para ellos.

Usted está mirando la estela de estrellas (a partir de una larga exposición total de 2 horas 6 minutos mientras la tierra se estába moviendo).

Título: McGill Star Trails (9514)
Foto: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED en 14 mm. La exposición total fue de 2 horas y 6 min usando StarStax por “stacking”. Cada foto fue 2 min f/3.2, ISO 400, 2015-07-17 22:29. Yo utilizado una Protomachines LED2 para pintura de luz.
Ubicación: Monte. Pinos, California, EE.UU.

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