The Journey, got to start somewhere. Night Photography

Star trails!

Yosemite, view from Glacier Point. Half Dome. 4 minute exposure.

Yosemite, view from Glacier Point. Half Dome. 4 minute exposure.

This is the long promised post on night photography, a starting point into my journey.

43,498 images. Yep, that’s what Lightroom says is in my catalog. With the upgrade a new computer and programs that go with it. I moved from Lightroom 4 to Lightroom 5. Now, for the most part I did little in Lightroom 4. Went to Meetup.com groups to see what they did, looked at it as I ran a few tests. Read a lot of a couple of books, David duChemin of Craft & Vision wrote the book that did the most for me. While I like the tech style books, David speaks more to the artist side.

The 4 minute exposure above is my fist real attempt at a long Digital shot. Went up to visit a friend with property in Yosemite, town of Wawona. Yes, it is worked in Photoshop much the same I would have done in a darkroom. dodging/burning, etc….

Had an intervalometer for my camera, we were sitting around the campfire. So I set up the camera. Let it run. In the morning I loaded the files into my laptop and did the Photoshop crunch.

Trees lit by campfire. Star Trails. Yosemite 2013

Trees lit by campfire. Star Trails. Yosemite 2013

Couple hours total exposure time, 3 or 4 minutes each shot, stacked. I was jazzed! It worked!

So, I continued to talk to others, read a few books and of course, Keep shooting every chance I got.

Trip to Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, I did this one.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, CA. Light of setting moon on horizon, light painting in foreground. 3 hours plus some, star trails. Had to cut it short as the sun came up.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, CA. Light of setting moon on horizon, light painting in foreground.
3 hours plus some, star trails. Had to cut it short as the sun came up.

Up on Mt Pinos, just north of Los Angeles, I shot some of the Milky Way shots. Was trying to do star trails with a 2nd camera. Mixed up the remote controls radio frequencies. Thought it was running it wasn’t. Yes, I do make mistakes. I try to learn from them too.

Milky Way shot from Mt. Pinos. Aprox 8,000ft. White balance pushed cooler.

Milky Way shot from Mt. Pinos. Aprox 8,000ft.
White balance pushed cooler.

But by far the place I go to a lot and night photography is always on the menu. Joshua Tree National Park.

Joshua Tree N.P. Light painting with 4 hour star trails. (120 frames stacked)

Joshua Tree N.P. Light painting with 4 hour star trails. (120 frames stacked)

My photography/camping buddy and I go to Joshua Tree a lot, hiking in to where we can do light painting and star shots. We also shoot wild flowers and landscapes during the day. Some times we remember to sleep.

So I will be posting a lot more of the Journey. I hope you enjoy the story and photos.

Ask questions, let comments. Please I want to know what you the reader is interested in.

Creative Shooting,

Peter

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