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Star Trail in New Mexico | by CaptDanger
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Star Trail in New Mexico

The adventure started about 9 and my buddies and I arrived onsite about 2 hours later. The sky cleared and the stars came out. We found a great spot to track the north star with and setup there. The moon was out and making the landscape light up and revealing the colors of the rocks. The shot ran for about 2 hours and then wind went away leaving the shot undisturbed.


The star trail was captuered in the Ojito Wilderness studay area. The Ojito Wilderness is a desert landscape of steep-sided mesas, rocky terraces, retreating escarpments, box canyons, deep meandering arroyos, and austere badlands. Bands of multi-colored shale, sandstone, and limestone draw attention to cliff sides. Occasional badland settings, with their unusual hoodoos (weathered rock in the form of pinnacles, spires, cap rocks, and other unusual forms), accent the landscape. Piñon and juniper are dotted throughout the Wilderness, and rare stands of ponderosa pine can be found tucked into shady recesses.


The image was captured with a

Canon T3i using a Tokina 11-16 @ ISO 400 F/2.8 Exposure time of 30 seconds and a total of 160 images stacked.

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Taken on May 11, 2014