The Stars at Night..

are big and bright *clap clap clap* deep in the heart of... California.



Zenit TTL with Helios 58mm at f/2 for 10-15 minutes

  • Håkon Schjønsby 5y

    nice trails!
  • Jonathan Kinnear 5y

    I haven't complemented this enough already but I absolutely love it!

    Where did you do this exactly? Did you use a tripod? How long was the exposure? Did you sleep out next to your Zenit?? How did you scan it? I want all the details! :D
  • alissa petrelli 5y

    thanks jonny! means a lot coming from a star trail expert like yourself :)

    this was atop the coastal range just outside of san luis obispo. there were lots of clouds covering the city lights and we were just above the cloud level (meaning excellent star-viewing!) no tripod or any sense of control really... i set the camera on top of my friends car at a slight angle (held in place by the case) then covered the lens with my hand, set the shutter hold feature then left it exposed while i hung out with my friends. maybe 12 or so minutes later i closed the shutter... then i got it developed and scanned at walmart because i'm a cheapo
  • Jonathan Kinnear 5y

    wow just 12 minutes?! It must have been an awesome site.. there's atleast 5 times as many stars as I've ever seen in England..
  • alissa petrelli 5y

    yeah it was incredible! i have never seen so many stars in my life. i could clearly see the purpley-blue milky way too. such a great night!
  • Jonathan Kinnear 5y

    I've been fortunate enough before to see that myself.. you should somehow get that constellation app for iphone, aim it at Andromeda and see if you can get that awesome disc-like shape of the galaxy to come out in a photo like I managed once.. alternatively make friends with some astro geeks when you go back to OSU. I had such a good time going to "star parties" near santa cruz.
  • Keith Ropp 4y

    Nice. What was the film speed?
  • alissa petrelli 4y

    i think 200.. that's what i usually use anyway
  • awkwardly ▲ 3y

    reminds me immensely of the infinite arms album by band of horses! nice work
  • Ed Anderson 3y

    Nice shot. The exact shutter time is embedded in the image. Not as EXIF on film, but the sky is the clock. One quarter rotation of the sky would be six hours. A 45 degree arc takes 3 hours. I'd estimate that you were hanging out with friends for about 45 minutes during this exposure.

    A neighborhood thrift store has a Zenit 58mm f2 for $20 bucks (including a EOS film camera), so I was searching for a night shot and you nailed it. The lens looks very sharp wide open. Thanks! - Ed
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