By Thomas Sebourn

Stary Night: Arch Rock

Equipment Info
SONY DSLR-A850
State/Province/Region
CA
Country
US
Nearest Area
White Tank Camp Ground, Joshua Tree National Park
Town
Joshua Tree, CA
Brief Directions

Follow the trail out of the White Tank Campground.

Description

The most frustratingly fickle photography occurs at night, which is why most photographers avoid it. Shooting “stacked” star trail images is my favorite way to capture unique images of overly photographed locations. This is a time consuming, high risk/high reward type of photography that fails more often than it succeeds, but if it was easy everyone would do it. Knowing where the moon will be at what time is essential (I use both MoonPhase and The Photographer’s Ephemeris on the Ipad to preplan my shots.) I wanted the arch to be a strong horizontal line leading the eye to center of the star trails. I prefer a half-moon or greater for my star trail images because I can use a lower ISO & an aperture that actually allows for some depth of field. For this image, the moon was full and almost overhead. Meta Data: Sony-DSLRA850 v2.00, Carl Zeiss 16-36mm @16mm F/4, 20 254 Second exposures, ISO 400. Images stacked in Photoshop via Statistics tool set to Maximum. GPS Coordinates: 33°59'10.21"N, 116°

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Date Taken
27/02/2013

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