Trees beneath the stars …

After spending last weekend playing around with low-light photography, I had an idea to photograph that three trunk tree in my backyard at night.  Every evening since then, it has been somewhere between hazy and completely cloudy … until tonight.   Since the forecast was looking promising, I’d planned to set up my tripod and make sure it was absolutely stable before it actually got dark.  But other things kept me from getting there and I ended up setting up after dark.   Not only were the stars shining in the sky; the moon was on a path directly over me.  Of course, with a 35 second exposure, it looks little like what you’d expect for a First Quarter Moon.   In order to minimize the star/moon movement, but still see the trees, after I opened the shutter on the camera I walked around the tree with a solar-powered landscape light held over my head to paint the tree trunks with a bit of light.

Nikon D7100, 18 mm, 35 sec @ f / 11, ISO 1000
Nikon D7100, 18 mm, 35 sec @ f / 11, ISO 1000

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