The Iconic Skull Rock in Joshua Tree (star trails long exposure)

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This is one of the iconic features of Joshua Tree National Park, frequently photographed.  But perhaps not like this!  This is a long exposure photo showing the movement of the stars. I also light painted the rock with a flashlight, keeping the “eyes” largely in shadow to add to the mystery. Someone on Google+ thought this was “creepy”. But, after all, it’s called Skull Rock.

Title: Skull Rock Star Trails
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, 1970s metal tripod from Sears. This is a long exposure night sky photo of 21 minutes in total, with each individual photo exposed for 30 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 400, stacked “by hand” in CS4. I light painted this with a Streamlight LED flashlight. Begun 7:40 pm P.S.T. on 9 November 2013.
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA.
Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.

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