Star Trails over Pigeon Pt Light Station

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

After the lighting of the Fresnel several of us went over to the North side of the Light house to try and shoot Star Trails. Looking north and aiming at the North Star gives one that nice circle, but the foreground wasn’t interesting in that direction. So I chose this Southern view. When you shoot Star Trails looking South from here you get an Arch or a slant, but not a circle.
The fog was coming in and the low stars weren’t visible, then the wind, and dew came up. My lens was beginning to get condensation, and I was getting cold. I bumped my tripod once and had to start over; after 10 frames I lost interest. Once I uploaded them I found only 8 frames were usable and not all together. *sigh* I wasn’t “feeling it”. 😀

It may look like I’ve got ghosting around the Fresnel, but there is another light behind the Fresnal lantern room. That’s the areobeacon. The light that is on all year to guide the mariners at sea.

This is 5 frames stacked in CS5.
Nikon D300s, Nikkor 18mm f/3.5@ 18mm, 151seconds, f3.5, ISO 200, Manual Mode, on a tripod.

Author: circadianreflections

My name is Deborah Zajac. I'm a photographer living in Nevada at the base of the Eastern Sierras. I am a passionate nature, landscape, night/astro photographer. I shoot predominately in color and use Nikon Digital Cameras, and lenses. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the photos I've taken while on my travels. Please feel free to leave a comment I'd love to hear from you.

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