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Star Trails Over The Raquette River

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About a 2 minute exposure over Carry Falls Reservoir (an impoundment of the Raquette River).


This was taken from our campsite using a bulb/time exposure, cable release and a tripod. Unfortunately the moon was rising (see right hand horizon) which I didn't realize at the time, but my 30minute exposure of the same scene was ruined from the light pollution of the moon. The 30 minute exposure, while having nice star trails, essentially looked like day.


So my additional attempts were limited to just a few minutes and very short star trails.


The boat was illuminated using a halogen headlamp to "paint" light onto the boat. There was no flash involved.


Pentax D, 35mm, f/5, 2.5min, ISO200, tripod, headlamp and a cable release.




Our path up the Jordan was largely thwarted by immense amounts of dead-fall across the river. We'd paddle no more than 5 minutes before having to haul a fully loaded boat over downed trees. After about 1 mile of paddling it was clear we were not going to make it very far in the fading late afternoon light. So we turned around and headed back out to Carry Falls. Arriving back at the reservoir at 10pm we paddled along the reservoir in total darkness, with our headlamps turned off, only by the light of the stars on a crystal clear evening.


The Jordan River was beautiful but we will need much more time to paddle up it then we had available to us. Next time we will be better prepared with the foresight of the amount of dead-fall and pace of travel on a sparsely traveled river like the Jordan.


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Taken on August 6, 2007