I didn't plan this that well. Neglected to consider that the 50% moon would not set until 11:30 PM *and* it was going to set through the view of this star trail. The moon was kind enough to cause shimmer along the ocean and clearly illuminate the Pfeiffer Portal. It also caused flaring and ghosting - and I'm going to blame it for the cold winds and clouds that started to arrive.
This same view with a twilight capture has more vibrant color.
I shot this with a 10-22mm that I don't own. It's my neighbors. He had just scored himself a 5D Mk II and didn't have a wide angle lense (the 10-22 is an EFS lens and doesn't fit the EF-only mount of the 5DII). I was planning to bring both my 16-35 and my 17-40 but I realized I could get an even WIDER shot with the 10-22 so I swapped my 17-40 for the 10-22 for the week. It is rather impressively sharp, too. So Barry: thanks! I hope you enjoy the 17-40, too!
CAVEAT/WARNING I'm nervous about posting this shot because A> this vantage point hasn't been seen in any shot I've seen on flickr and B> if you take the wrong approach to get here you could LOSE YOUR LIFE. Not kidding!
The larger size is a little more impressive.
Another star trail from nearly this same location is also, perhaps, more impressive.
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NOTE: These photos were taken at an event of the Night Photography group.