I’ve been slacking on posting photos lately so I thought I’d share a “reject” photo since I haven’t really shot anything blog-worthy in a while. Hopefully that’ll change on Monday (big, fun, icy-cold shoot planned)! 

A cave near Pyramid Lake, Nevada

This is a “cave” near Pyramid Lake, NV during the recent meteor showers. 2.5 hours of exposing, freezing and conversing with some photo buddies. The red glow comes from a red-gelled headlamp facing into the rocks behind the camera.


And speaking of star trails, I’ll leave you with this new video I hacked together from my recent star trails’ still images.

Comments welcome…

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  1. Asa
    on December 26th, 2009

    Dan, that video is phenomenal. Nice work! Cool soundtrack too, who is it?

  2. Dan Newton
    on December 26th, 2009

    Thanks. I forgot to give song credit, the song is call “Loud Pipes” by Ratatat.

  3. derrick
    on December 26th, 2009

    hi dan! may i ask if what time lapse software do you use? thanks.

    btw, i’m a big fan of your star trails shots.. i jst got my tokina 11-16mm so i want to give it a try as well.


  4. Dan Newton
    on December 26th, 2009

    Thanks Derrick. For the still images, I use either Startrails or Photoshop CS4 for my stacking. For video I use Photoshop CS4 to create the initial animation from still images, then I use VirtualDub and Windows Movie Maker (don’t laugh) to finish the video.

  5. Adam
    on December 28th, 2009

    Amazing video, and great stills too.
    The clip at about 38s looks like its individual shots, one after the other (photo 10, 11, 12, 13…
    Are the rest sort of moving averages? Like summed photos 10-20, 11-21, 12-22, 13-23…

  6. bryan scott
    on December 30th, 2009

    Very inspirational.

  7. Aswirly
    on January 4th, 2010

    This is absolutely fantastic. I love your star trails, and this video is just mesmerizing. wow.

  8. Bob Towery
    on February 7th, 2010

    Tremendous and unique image. Congrats on a great one.

  9. Andrew Halligan
    on August 4th, 2010

    Truly awesome vid. I also very much dig the background music.

  10. Will
    on October 24th, 2010

    Awesome movie clip! Thanks for sharing. You have a pretty good crew that you photograph with!

  11. Neezhom Photomalaya
    on December 20th, 2010

    Excellent inspirational work Dan!! 🙂

  12. Adrian Kemp
    on February 23rd, 2011

    Awesome stuff, was just looking on youtube and had seen this so thought I would take a look at your work and well what can I say it doesnt get much more inspirational as this! Fantastic stuff!

  13. Greg Hines
    on May 6th, 2011

    A friend of mine (photographer) sent me your video from YouTube. It is amazing! I have been into night photography for years and with digital have been experimenting quite a bit. I really appreciate your work! Great stuff! Being a commercial photographer myself I am amazed that you are a student! If you are going into photography as a career you are well on your way! Your car and bike photography is super! I’ll have to “follow” your blog to see what else you do that is visually stunning!

  14. Peter Van Bogaert
    on July 11th, 2011

    Dan, I really really like your shots.
    I’m planning on doing a stratrail shoot next week.
    It will be my first one and I think I will follow your tutorial.
    what do you do to prevent dew coming on your lens?
    I have a Canon eos 500D. have no batterygrip yet, but I think it’s required when doing making long exposure shots.

  15. JonRob
    on July 27th, 2011

    Hi Dan,

    Awesome startrails! Thanks for posting your techniques. I have a question though. How do you get your MC-36 remote to shoot 4 minute exposures with 1 second interval? It just won’t work on my Nikon D300s. According to the MC-36 manual, the interval time should be at least 1 second longer than the exposure. That’s not going to work since there would be a huge gap. Is there a trick to get the remote going? I appreciate any input. Thanks!

  16. Purple
    on September 13th, 2011

    Hi Dan,Very inspirational.nice work ….

  17. RLT
    on October 1st, 2011

    Truly inspirational, stunning photography thanks for sharing

  18. Jon
    on October 27th, 2011

    Hi Dan,

    Been a fan ever since i found your page and encourage me to do time lapses practice as well. I am using quicktime 7 pro to piece all the stills together to create a movie.

    One question here: in your “tent” clip where the trails movement go up like meteors (bigger trailheads than the tails), how’d did you put that together? — bigger trailheads and meteor-like trails??

    Thanks Dan!