Night at Silver Falls

Although there were forest fires burning in the Cascade Range east of us, the night sky over Silver Falls State Park was clear and dark. You could even see a bit of the Milky Way between the annoyingly tall and abundant trees.

Night over Silver Falls State Park

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Night over Silver Falls State Park

Above and below are two 16-minute star-trail exposures, each made by stacking a series of four 4-minute exposures. These are the first star trail photos I’ve made with the Fujifilm X-T1. The results (i.e., the raw image files) were really impressive. In the past, using the Nikon D-700, I’ve had to shoot a dark frame and go through a somewhat elaborate process of long-exposure noise reduction in post-processing to remove (by blurring and masking) the hundreds of hot pixels that accumulate during successive 4-minute exposures.

Night over Silver Falls State Park

The Fujifilm X-T1 exposures had virtually no hot pixels, even after the sensor had been on—heating up—nearly continuously for half an hour! Even tough I wasn’t using the camera’s built-in long-exposure noise reduction (because that would have created gaps in the star trails), I didn’t need to use my dark frames to select and remove noise “in-post”. Cleaner images do make for happier camping!

Night at Silver Falls State Park

And while I was outside enjoying the night sky, the rest of the family was in the tent reading.

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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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