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Startrails Over Lake Tahoe



2 hours of star trails over beautiful Lake Tahoe

2 hours of star trails over beautiful Lake Tahoe
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CiaranDoyle
 
CiaranDoyle June 07, 2013
Absolutely amazing!
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CreativeDragon June 07, 2013
Thank you!
Timbo
 
Timbo June 09, 2013
Excellent shot... One of the best I've seen....
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CreativeDragon June 09, 2013
Thank you very much... I've got more, and will be doing many more throughout the year... I just need to upload the ones I have :)
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bobbynall June 10, 2013
Awesome work
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CreativeDragon June 22, 2013
Thank you
gunners42
 
gunners42 July 09, 2013
wow, excellent..Congrats!
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CreativeDragon July 09, 2013
Thank you!
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AlanJakarta July 10, 2013
Brilliant time exposure. Congratulations.
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CreativeDragon August 23, 2013
Thank you very much!
jleiweke
 
jleiweke July 10, 2013
Congrats!
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CreativeDragon August 23, 2013
Thanks!
daniellepowell
 
daniellepowell July 10, 2013
stunning
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CreativeDragon August 23, 2013
:D Thanks
Randiwan
 
Randiwan July 11, 2013
Very impressive!
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CreativeDragon August 23, 2013
Thank you!
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair July 26, 2013
Great work!
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CreativeDragon August 23, 2013
Thanks!
doko
 
doko August 04, 2013
perfect shot
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CreativeDragon August 23, 2013
Thanks
nikki8
 
nikki8 September 01, 2013
This belongs on a cover....Beautiful!!
rkrings2
 
rkrings2 October 25, 2014
Wall Hanger!!! Congrats
annevyhagen
 
annevyhagen September 09, 2015
Greate photo. Hugs from Annie :)
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PhotosbyAngieB November 03, 2015
Congratulations!!That is an amazing picture. Which way are you looking? That is where I grew up and I miss it every time I see a picture I get home sick.
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PhotosbyAngieB November 03, 2015
Congratulations!!That is an amazing picture. Which way are you looking? That is where I grew up and I miss it every time I see a picture I get home sick.
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debrasmatthews December 06, 2015
wow!
Nevermorephotography
 
Nevermorephotography December 26, 2015
Fantastic shot! Well worth the time and patience :)

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was on the south side of Lake Tahoe, CA. I found a nice vista point that allowed me to see the north star, the lake, and the surrounding Lake Tahoe area.
Time
I spent many nights that weekend staying up to the wee hours of the night. I believe this particular shot was taken around 11pm or so. Other shots (Milky Way shots that are also in my portfolio) were taken well after midnight.
Lighting
As with most star trail imagery out there, lighting was ambient, and over the course of the 2 hours that his photo was taken the city lights lit up the surrounding lake side. To capture the stars, instead of doing a single 2 hours exposure, I took 2 minute exposures over the course of 2 hours. I then stacked all the images using Star Circle Academy software within Photoshop.
Equipment
This was shot with a Nikon D800 and a 14-24 f2.8 wide angle lens, and a Manfroto carbon fiber tripod with ball head for stability.
Inspiration
I have always loved shooting star trails, and finding interesting locations is always one of my priorities. Being in Tahoe I had plenty of opportunities to shot in gorgeous locations. In fact, I can't wait to head back there again, preferably during a new moon for optimal sky viewing.
Editing
I used Star Circle Academy software within Photoshop to merge all of the images into a single star trail. I then did some minor post processing in Color Efex Pro to add additional detail and enhance the colors a bit.
In my camera bag
My bag is heavy and full. I usually cary everything because you never know what you're going to need or when you're going to need it. I have my trusty Nikon D800, remote trigger, 14-24, 24-70, 70-200, and 105mm macro lenses, along with my tripod, and accessories... when you go hiking with my bag, you definitely get a workout... LOL
Feedback
It is absolutely necessary to have a sturdy tripod... any camera shake will make the image blurry and not appealing to the eye. You don't need super fast glass, but having fast glass really helps. Last, and this is an absolute must IMHO, you need a good remote shutter release. I particularly like ones that you can program, they are called intervalometer... Velbon Shutterboss is a great product from BH Photo, but there are others out there, some I'm sure are cheaper. Best advice I can give though, go out, experiment, and absolutely have fun!!!

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