Dos Goats Star Trails – 3 Hour Star Trails in the Desert!

Dos Goats Farm Star Trails (6181)

Dos Goats Farm Star Trails (6181)

We stayed at a farm in Pioneertown, CA, a short walk from Pappy and Harriet’s Saloon in the Mojave Desert, where we saw the Mojave Lords and other bands. On Sunday night, after returning to the farm, I set up my camera on a tripod and basically set it to run until the camera battery ran out of juice while I went inside and went to sleep! 😀 The camera battery lasted for 3 hours (I could have used a fresh battery, but 3 hours is long enough!). This is a long exposure night photo facing north. I illuminated the farm feed shed on the inside and outside with a handheld flashlight. The circular star trails shows the movement of the stars circling around the North Star, caused by the rotation of the earth over 3 hours’ time. All the illumination was done during the exposure as usual, and is not a post-processing creation.

Geek stuff: Nikon D610 camera with 14-24mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. 62 photos, all 3 minutes f/8 ISO 500 (for a total exposure of 3 hours 6 minutes), were shot in succession and then stacked using StarStax. Feisol CT-3372 tripod with RRS BH-55 ballhead. Camera controlled with Pinout app and camera controller. Light painting with ProtoMachines LED2 handheld flashlight.

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Long Exposure Night Photo with Light Painting

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), on 500px, or my Ken Lee Google+ Page. 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!

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