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Monday
15Mar2010

Joshua Tree Day/Night Trip with Night Photography Meetup

This past Sunday, March 14, I co-hosted a photography event in Joshua Tree National Park with "Night Photography Meetup" of Los Angeles, CA. A small group of photography enthusiasts and semi-professional photographers met for 12 hours of photography from 2 p.m. until after 2 a.m. The purpose of this visit was to photograph stars.

On this night, the conditions were perfect. It was a new moon and there wasn't a single cloud in the sky. Even the wind was cooperative which is rare inside the park. We started towards Keys View to enjoy the panoramic view of Coachella Valley. In the south was the Salton Sea...in the north, Palm Springs. We then marked a spot to take pictures of stars while it was still light out.

Then we visited Skull Rock and Cholla Cactus Garden before sunset. Watch out for the Cholla Cactus Plants there! Before we left the garden for dinner, two of our photographers had been stuck in the bum by Chollas...no lie.

When we returned to the park after dinner, we quickly set up for several hours of photographing the stars. Here's a sample photo.

Star Trails in Joshua Tree N.P.

This photo shows the north star and literally thousands of other stars swirling in circular form. It's amazing to me to see the earth's rotation in a single still image. Actually, this was over 250 images, taken over 2 1/2 hours, layered on top of each other to provide this time lapse perspective.

If you'd like to join us for an event, check out the link below.

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