Joshua Tree: Trinity Stars (Night Sky Photography)

Trinity Stars, a three-trunk tree, spreading out before the glorious night sky.

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Title: Trinity Stars
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Dorcy LED flashlight for “light painting” the rocks and the trees. 30 second exposure, f/4, ISO 500.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, CA USA

I love this three-trunk Joshua Tree reaching up to the stars.

This is a long exposure shot in which I again had to try and hurry the “light painting” component of the shot to try and capture the stars as pin points.  To keep stars as pin points, I usually prefer to keep the exposure under 20 seconds to avoid them appearing as small star trails, but with a lens as wide as 11mm, one can get away with a little more sometimes.  Anyway, my running around with a flashlight seems to have paid off…this is “light painted” pretty well.  The bright moon added even more light to the rocks, creating some shadows in addition to my light source.

A beautiful evening!!!!!

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

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). 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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