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    This is an image that I've been meaning to take for the past three years. Back in 2009 I was suppose to go to the Bristle Cone Pine forest in California's Eastern Sierra Range but at the last minute I had to back out of the trip.

    So the past couple of years I just never managed to squeeze this location into my travels...then, in the winter of 2011 on my way home from shooting in the desert southwest I learned that Tioga Pass was open unusually late in the season. Bells went off...if Tioga Pass is open then maybe the Bristle Cone Pines are too, and sure enough!

    So, I bring you an hour long star trail exposure with a 4700 year old Bristone Cone Pine tree as the subject. This was taken about 9pm at night under a half moon, at 20 degrees. Yes, it gets awfully cold standing out there waiting for the exposures to finish!

    Technical details:

    - Canon 1Ds Mark III
    - ISO 400
    - 16mm
    - f/6.3
    - 10,400 foot elevation
    - 12 five-minute exposures, stacked for trails
    - Magic lantern light paint to help fill in shadows on the tree and add color on the first frame
    - 20 degrees, calm, no clouds
    - Half moon but at at the elevation and location, really lit things up! (thus the f/6.3)

    Younes B., Jon. Li, kylestrauss, and 265 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Teresa_J 38 months ago | reply

      Very cool! It has been since about 1975 or so since I went to the Bristle Cone forest and saw the Methuselah. Very memorable.

    2. Don Hutter Photography [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing your Stunning photo!

      Stunning Planet Earth (Post 1 & Award 2)

    3. Bill Moss (Sault North) 38 months ago | reply

      Good stuff. Great story to go with it.

    4. MaCha_ 38 months ago | reply

      Mongolfière 02
      Your Photo is superb !
      vu dans Experimentation Group, mes compliments.
      seen in Group Experimentation, my compliments.
      visualizado no Experimentation Group, parabéns.
      Aller à Experimentation Group .

    5. _Viky_ 38 months ago | reply

      Dream like shot. Too perfect!

    6. Tonoz 38 months ago | reply

      Marvelous Shot !
      Thank you for sharing...

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    7. rlphotography 37 months ago | reply

      Outstanding! Definitely rewarded for your efforts.

    8. 36 months ago | reply

      Amazing astro shot!

    9. Fort Photo 34 months ago | reply

      One of the best I've seen recently, brilliant work Stephen.

      Seen in : The Pantheon of Landscape ( Invitation )

      Seen in the group"The Pantheon of Landscape" (?)

    10. Bentau 25 months ago | reply

      All your photos are just beyond amazing!! I'm so inspired!

    11. time4floyd 21 months ago | reply

      What a wonderful shot, gorgeous

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