I schlepped my camera up the "Steep" trail on Mission Peak after a trial star trail from a similar location proved quite interesting. This time, however, I had my "beefy battery" solution, and a couple of buddies to cheer me on. As I write this, I'm still quite a few miles away from my camera... I'm hoping it's still there when I go back tonight to pick it up otherwise there will not be a "Part B" :-( Part B will/should include up to 7 hours of star trails!
I do have a "bottom half" for this picture but it I haven't got it stitched well just yet.
A couple of interesting things to note: at the summit you'll see a little spot of white light... those would be hikers. At the very bottom you'll see a trail of white light... that is more hikers ascending the trail after sunset.
I did things a little differently than my normal process. For one, these were all shot in JPG mode rather than RAW (so I can get more images on the card). I didn't do any color touch ups or anything at all to the individual frames. However at the end, I painted an earlier frame of the city lights back in because the long exposures over exposed the city lights.
I didn't create a large format for this image, but if you did see it, you'd notice a few other interesting things including planes landing and taking off at SFO and planes circling over approximately Oakland down in the yellow glow on the horizon.
Read the StarCircleAcacdemy BLOG for lots of tips on how to do star and star trail shooting.
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