Return to the Stars

Return to the Stars

I’ll end 2012 with this one I captured a month ago in a old cemetery in Terlingua, Texas. I call it “Return to the Stars” because it struck me that all of us will make this journey. It is one that is slow, almost beyond our perception, taking eons… but a journey where time does not matter. Certainly not one year or 100 years. However, it gives us a glimpse of our future, incredibly far away in space and time from NOW.

Happy new year, we have another in our passport to the future.

Tech notes:

Part of the light, the glint on the side of the left cross, and some speckled highlights below it on the left grave were from Terlingua, just up the hill (mostly the Starlight Theatre) but perhaps a brief passing headlight too. The star trails were from three images of 450 seconds each, f/5.0 ISO 640 with a Canon 5D MkIII, 24mm TS-E f/3.5 II, shifted UP a bit for the sky. The painting of the graves was with a Litepanel micro LED movie light with an orange filter, just barely turned on. Same settings at star trails, but as soon as the painting was done I stopped the exposure. So about five images stacked in PS CS6, and masked/blended and flattened.

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Prelude to darkness

Albeit not quite as warm a night as the last shot, in fact I had my heavy parka on for it, this is from the Race Track Playa in Death Valley National Park.  Checking equipment and waiting for total darkness 85 miles from the nearest soul.

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Racetrack Stars

RACETRACK STARS: lit only by starlight, I was on a moonless night in April, in the high desert of Death Valley National Park on the Racetrack Playa (~4000 ft. elev.).  A 20 minute exposure combined with several of shorter duration.  Canon 1D Mark IV and 14mm f/2.8 lens.

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A recent walk by Mexico

Last weekend several friends and I drove to west Texas for what was to be a week long visit to Big Bend National Park. Unfortunately we did not have reservations and our visit coincided with “spring break” crowds from around the USA. After one night at the Cottonwood Campground, near Santa Elena Canyon (pictured on […]

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For my father

An adaptation of my photograph from 1969 in Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island, California.  Santa Barbara 20 miles away on the horizon.  Every weekend we would come, my teenage friends and I, in my father’s 29 ft. sailboat, SEA COLT.  We brought half the food we needed and spent the rest of the day in […]

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Cooliris version 1.1

I have been using the amazing COOLIRIS add-on to Firefox and Safari for quite some time, and it keeps getting better.  Being able to browse my own images on my computer’s hard disk is a nice touch.  Perhaps one day it will support DNG & other RAW files.  Meanwhile, get it, you’ll love the 3-D […]

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