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Magic Mountain

By CraigBill    
Even though I arrived at the Shiprock formation right outside Shiprock, New Mexico early in the day, my photographic intentions were for the coming night. There at the base of this extinct volcano that the Navajos regard as an ancient spiritual monument, I scouted and planned for the Earth’s turn away from the Sun. And this area is in a good dark spot for nighttime star gazing - In fact I came here to execute a lengthy photo project starring, well... the stars. “Magic Mountain” and the other images captured that night featured enhanced star trail captures. I had been exploring and developing complex processing methods to bring star trail images to a new visual and artistic level, if successful. “Magic Mountain” is formed from over 700 twenty second long exposures, five different programs (some taking hours for just one adjustment) and over a month to plan/develop as well as a couple weeks alone to process and refine the resulting photograph. The accentuated vibrant circles and arcs come from the stars subtle colors mostly (raw images captured and pre-processed with that in mind), wispy traveling clouds over the night and sky color from approaching dawn, horizon lights and air quality. Too many clouds, however, can ruin the entire night. But not tonight! After the cameras clicked away all night, I waited patiently, but apprehensively as I traveled back to the studio, hoping all the images from the exhausted batteries, sensors and cards gathered enough ancient starlight to compose epic astrophotography images.

Tags: Night Astro Star Astrophotography Startrail New mexico Startrails Landscape and travel Shiprock Starscape astrophoto

Voters: KarenFB, mike9005, Peco and 80 more

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KarenFB Plus
13 5.3k 174 England
5 Sep 2019 6:04AM
You have captured an amazing phenomenon! Brilliant!

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doolittle 10 2 2 South Africa
5 Sep 2019 10:05AM
Superb work.
5 Sep 2019 11:35AM
Excellent...
Leedslass1 Plus
3 2.5k 3 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2019 4:43PM
Love the colours!
5 Sep 2019 8:44PM
Outstanding contribution to photography.
Thank you for sharing and your narrative giving us an incite to your work.
Martin
5 Sep 2019 9:22PM
awesome
An excellently processed image Craig. Wonderful to see and worth your effort. Pam
ST 7 33 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2019 8:52AM
cracking composite, well done
6 Sep 2019 3:58PM
Amazing work !!
sandwedge 13 2.6k 2 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2019 7:41PM
This is photography and art at the very highest level. Not many people could do this. Exquisite work. John.
barrywebb Plus
13 39 7 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2019 10:09PM
An amazing image. I have to admire you thinking, planning, execution and processing. I saw this image on another site, it looks so much better on EPZ!
Barry
Digic51 6 1 England
7 Sep 2019 7:29PM
Pure dedication understanding and a brilliant end result. This is stuff photographers dream of.
Ahh well back to me dreams I go.Grin
alfpics Plus
17 370 2 England
9 Sep 2019 9:58AM
Brilliant - you refer to cameras (plural); how many did you have?
9 Sep 2019 10:52AM

Quote:Brilliant - you refer to cameras (plural); how many did you have?


This image used actually one camera but two lenses. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.
9 Sep 2019 10:54AM
Than you everyone! My goal is to make images that show your world in new or revealing way for you to remember.
9 Sep 2019 1:17PM
Your dedication has paid off, a totally fantastic dream like image
alfpics Plus
17 370 2 England
9 Sep 2019 1:40PM

Quote:
Quote:Brilliant - you refer to cameras (plural); how many did you have?


This image used actually one camera but two lenses. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.


Thanks!
Debmercury New Member
21 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2019 9:31PM
Super capture.

Deb 😊
11 Sep 2019 4:34AM
I am not surprised this has been chosen for photo of the week. When I first saw it I thought it was within a good chance. Very glad for you it was chosen. Very well deserved.
Martin
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2019 12:07PM
Amazing, hard work and hopefully rewarding for you. Congratulations on the POTW Award
Helen
11 Sep 2019 3:45PM
Insane !
Well deserved POTW !
Jacques
Wow!!! What a great shot.

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