Star Trails over Tuolumne

Berkeley Tuolumne Camp is far enough away from towns and cities to have a nice, dark sky most moonless nights.  It’s in a wooded canyon, though, so all those pesky trees that keep the place cool on warm summer days get in the way of viewing the night sky. Except on the granite outcrop behind the dining hall. Here you can inspect a good portion of the sky, nicely framed by pines and firs.  Here you can set your camera on a tripod and listen to podcasts while the interval timer ticks off a series of fifteen 4-minute exposures (f/5.6, ISO 200), later to be stacked and cleaned up a bit in Photoshop.

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About Tim Messick

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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