Star Trails over John Day Fossil Beds

John Day Fossil Beds, Oregon — 2014 View Full Star Trails Portfolio »

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Images Notes

While attending the Oregon Natural Desert Association's Annual Gathering in the Clarno District of John Day Fossil Beds, I made this image the first evening under cloudless but slightly hazy skies due to drifting smoke from a forest fire in the area. The thin veil of smoke added a soft yellowish hue to the sky which I particularly enjoy.

About the Star Trails Images

I first dived into Star Trails photography during a trip to the White Mountains of California during the Perseids meteor shower of August, 2012. A small group of us, having taught photography workshops in the Whites, had the unique opportunity to stay at the Crooked Creek White Mountain Research Center at an elevation of 10,100 feet. Despite some initial failures, it only took a couple nights of photographing to get hooked.

Star Trails images are exposed in 20-30 second intervals in succession for 160 to 500+ exposures which equates to 2 to 6 hours of exposure. Images are uniformly processed in Adobe Lightroom and then stacked in Star Stax. Once stacked, I spend hours meticulously spotting noise and nighttime objects out of the image in order to create a final Pigment Ink Prints of exceptionally quality and longevity. Prints are available in limited edition at very reasonable valuations. I've also provided an extensive tutorial for anyone interested in trying Star Trails photography for themselves.

Star Trails over John Day Fossil Beds

John Day Fossil Beds, Oregon — 2014

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