Two New Photos

August 13, 2010 | Category: Nocturnal Photography, Photography

Here are a couple of star trails photos from this summer. I wouldn’t say that they are portfolio worthy, but I’m trying to make an effort to post more often and not be so picky about the work I share.



This photo was taken in early summer. The thing that looks like a railroad track is actually a large wooden flume.

Specs: Nikon D3, Nikon 17-35mm 2.8, f/4 at ISO 640. 16 frames stacked at 4 mins each = 1 hour total exposure. I lit the “track” from underneath using a gelled flashlight. It was EXTREMELY dark (new moon) hence the wide aperture, long exposures and high ISO.


Perseid Meteor Showers 
This is a more recent photo, taken during the peak of the the Perceid meteor showers. There are some faint meteors, but disappointingly only one bright one. It’s also noteworthy that this was taken at the same location as this photo.

Specs: Nikon D3, Nikon 17-35mm 2.8, f/8 at ISO 640. 50 frames stacked at 3.3 mins each = 2.75 hour exposure. I lit the foreground with a green gelled headlamp.

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  1. Tom Compton
    on August 13th, 2010

    Dan, The green gel adds some interesting contrast but love the leading line of the flume.

  2. cale
    on August 14th, 2010

    Don’t even know what to say, great job Dan. Those trails are lookin’ loooonggg

  3. craig
    on August 15th, 2010

    Alright, alright, I will post something.
    Very nice, both shots very nice

  4. Mario
    on August 17th, 2010

    Hi Dan!

    Glad to see some fresh posts here!

    I wonder how to stack the frames? Is it done in Photoshop? Have you used a special blend-mode?

    Best wishes!

  5. Kevin
    on August 28th, 2010

    I like the green color the best. I think I will have to post what I got soon. I’m still pissed that I missed that huge meteor. Nice Catch!

  6. EF 70-200MM
    on September 17th, 2010

    very interesting photos….I’m not sure about the green, but it seems to work.


  7. Gary Roberts Art
    on November 4th, 2010

    This is a great blog page. I have been back several times over the past seven days and want to subscribe to your rss feed using Google but can not find out the best way to do it accurately. Do you know of any sort of tutorials?

  8. Yogi
    on January 18th, 2011

    Dan, Simply awesome.. I’ll try to do something similar..


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