One of the things I like about photographing star trails is that the camera does all the work while I sleep. Really, though, the best thing about doing star trails is that it transforms the night sky in a way that our eyes are not capable of seeing. This image was captured by setting my camera up for a 2 1/2 hour exposure, ISO 200 at f/3.o. I messed up when I stopped the exposure by turning the camera off instead of releasing the cable release lock. Ideally, I would have let the camera do its Long Exposure NR (noise reduction) processing, which takes the same amount of time as the exposure. Fortunately, though, with Lightroom, I was able to greatly reduce the noise procuced by such a long exposure. I also played a bit with the white balance settings to represent what I think the color hues should be for a nighttime starry sky.
It was a nice way to cap off a great evening. I gave my second presentation at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center as artist-in-residence. I discussed my experiences and contributions in my three National Park Service artist residencies, and what I had given or still planned to give back to the public and the park from those experiences. I found the crowd to be really attentive and appreciative of what I had to offer. One of the great things about being a nature photographer is that I derive pleasure from the creation of the image, the processing of the image, and the sharing of the image. A great nature photo is just a gift that keeps on giving to the artist creating it as well as those who see it and appreciate it. And in that appreciation, I can hopefully help the viewing public more greatly appreciate the location being photographed, more greatly appreciate the need to protect such beautiful places, or be inspired themselves to explore or create their own images.
I am all packed up and ready to go. I will be heading out from the Long’s Peak trailhead this afternoon – destination, Chasm Lake. I have a bivy site at the Mills Glacier, and will be up off and on attending to my camera to do a long term time lapse exposure. I will explain more about the process tomorrow, when I will post the blog entry about the hopefully successful endeavor. The weather looks good, the forecast is good, so let’s hope it holds out.