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
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