A friend and I went south to the town of Morgan Hill about 30 mins. from me to Henry Coe State Park to shoot the stars for Star Trails, and we hoped for a nice sunset too.
Arriving early we scouted the area and found a couple of really beautiful oak trees that we thought would make a lovely foreground to our star trail photographs.
We set up camp which for me is a folding chair, tripod, and camera gear then waited for the sun to set.
The sunset was so golden, and even with my LB ColorCombo Polarizer and SinghRay2 stop soft edge Grad ND filter the sun was hot, and I had lots of sun flare. I actually think it came out cool looking in this photo.
After this we moved across to the opposite side of this hill to set up for the Moon Rise. The colors on this side of the valley were so much prettier
than the sunset.
I loved the bands of red and blue. One of the beautiful oaks made for a lovely foreground.
After the moon rise I moved locations to set up and start my test shots for my star trail sequence. Here’s the second test shot.
I was lining up the foreground and Polaris, the North Star.
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We weren’t alone up there last night. There was also an Astronomer hobbyist taking photos of the stars and nebulae with his star tracking gear, and telescope mounted to his camera. It was such a wonderful evening chatting with him and looking through his large telescope at Jupiter, Venus, and the Moon.
I’m still working on my Star Trail photograph. I hope to post it tomorrow.
Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8AF-S