Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 14 - North Star (METoC Day 1)

It's time to stop procrastinating and start posting photos from the Moderately Epic Tour of California (downgraded from Massively Epic because we returned to Vegas a day early).

Day 1 saw us drive up US-95 towards Tonopah. We cut across to Mono Lake and continued North towards Tahoe. We had trouble finding a good camp site before sunset. Finally, at around 9pm, we lucked upon a spot right next to the west fork of the Carson River.

By this point, I hadn't taken a single photo all day. I decided to bust out a long exposure Polaris star trail attempt. This one was actually my first try. It could definitely benefit from a full frame body, but I'm pretty happy with it. It was shot at ISO1600 at f/5.6 for around 20 minutes.


  1. How does that occur? That circular effect? Very cool!

  2. Basically, because of the Earth's rotation, all of the stars appear to "rotate" around the north star (Polaris). If you take a long enough exposure, you get star trails that show where the stars "move" as the night progresses. Of course, they aren't really moving, but rather the Earth is spinning.