Stars over Mono Lake

Early last week at the Night Photography Festival, I joined a group heading down to South Tufa at sunset. This is a popular place to photograph sunrises, sunsets, and stormy skies over the lake, but you don’t often see pictures of the place at night. The moon was just shy of full and the sky was clear, so a 4 or 5-minute exposure produced an image looking a lot like daylight … except for the star trails.

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Looking east from South Tufa
(4 exposures stacked in lighten mode, each 4.2 minutes, f/10, ISO 200, white balance 4000K; total exposure 16.8 minutes, starting about 10:30 pm).

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Looking west from South Tufa
(3 exposures stacked in lighten mode, each 6.0 minutes, f/7.1, ISO 200, white balance 4000K; total exposure 18.0 minutes, starting about 11:50 pm).

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Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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One Response to Stars over Mono Lake

  1. Stephen Godfrey says:

    great shots, the moon light makes them look so unnatural.

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