Double Double Star Trails: Long Exposure Night Photo with Light Painting

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 Double Double Star Trails (4847)
Pearsonville Auto Salvage Yard, Mojave Desert, California. We had these amazing clouds most of the evening, creating fantastic shapes with or without long exposures.

This is a real photo taken at night. Everything was illuminated by a big bright moon, an almost full moon, almost bright enough to read a book. And setting my tripod-mounted camera to a long exposure made the camera much more sensitive to light than our eyes on this already bright evening. This is why this photo seems brighter than what we might see at night. It is not due to post-processing. The moon, which reflects light from the sun, also makes the sky bluer, and when the photo is a long exposure photo, the sky will appear brighter, making the blue more apparent. I used a handheld LED flashlight to illuminate the automobile, and then used it with a homemade snoot to hit the front headlights to make them glow a bit more while the camera shutter was open for a long time. This is not a post-processing creation. No pixels were harmed during the creation of this photo. 😀

I am fascinated with how a single long exposure photo can show movements and the cumulative effects of light in a single image. In this case, I took a succession of photos with the intent of blending them together so they would show the movement of stars over almost 20 minutes. The movement of stars is created by the rotation of the earth. This photo is facing north, so the stars are circling around the North Star. Thank you for reading this and looking at the image. -Ken

Nikon D610/14-24mm f/2.8, 19 and a half minutes total. I “stacked” 39 images with StarStax; each image was 30 seconds @ f/8 ISO 200. Oct 2016. I photographed this with Tim Little, Steve McIntyre, and Troy Paiva near a full moon. Troy is an enormous pioneer in light painting night photography.

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Long Exposure Night Photo with Light Painting

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Trona Glow Star Trails: Trona Pinnacles, Mojave Desert, California

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A heavenly nocturnal show of the movement of the stars, moving around the North Star, with the glow of the little town of Trona below. I had the Trona Pinnacles to myself for the entire night, the desert air silent except for the occasional train rumbling past. It was a very peaceful evening, both here and later photographing the “Kill Bill” Church in Antelope Valley, elsewhere in the vast Mojave Desert.

The glow in the distance is from the little town of Trona.  I don’t always put glows in my night sky photos from neighboring towns, often trying to avoid light pollution altogether.  But this was so beautiful looking I had to incorporate it into this 51 minute star trails long exposure photo.  The pinnacles, left from when this was a lake, were illuminated by the moonlight.

I mostly enjoyed the peacefulness, although I did at one point lay on my car watching the stars while playing Bob Marley and Brian Eno/Cluster.  I later went to photograph the “Kill Bill” Church, made famous by Quentin Tarantino.  You’ll see that next week.

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Title: Trona Glow Star Trails
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, 51 minute total exposure that was stacked in PS4. Each individual photo was a 30 second exposure, f/2.8, ISO 400. 18 July 2013 begun at 12:28 am. The pinnacles are illuminated with moonlight.
Location: Trona Pinnacles, California, USA

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.

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Featured Quote: Michael Kenna on the Act of Photography Connecting Us To the World

Joshua Tree Star Trails (Ken Lee, night photographer)

Joshua Tree Star Trails.  This is a photo that I (Ken) took in the middle of a warm summer night.  I brought out one of those zero-gravity loungers and looked up at the sky during the entire exposure.  Indeed, as Michael Kenna describes in his quote below, the act of photography does connect us to the world. NIkon D90, 18-200mm VR lens, MC-DC2 remote release cord, and my father’s 1970s Sears metal tripod.

I love this quote and thought I’d share with you.

“Getting photographs is not the most important thing. For me it’s the act of photographing. It’s enlightening, therapeutic and satisfying, because the very process forces me to connect with the world. When you make four-hour exposures in the middle of the night, you inevitably slow down and begin to observe and appreciate more what’s going on around you. In our fast-paced, modern world, it’s a luxury to be able to watch the stars move across the sky.” – Michael Kenna in “Photographer’s Forum Interview” – Winter 2003 by Claire Sykes