Trinity Lake Startrail

Trinity Lake Startrail

It has become a tradition amongst my friends to spend the 4th of July weekend on or near Lake Shasta in Northern California. This year we drove up to Trinity Lake and spent the weekend camping, boating, swimming, eating and having fun. We left the Bay Area later than intended but managed to avoid most of the holiday traffic.

We were the second car to arrive at the campsite and while we waited for everyone to arrive I pulled out my new tripod and decided to try my hand at startrails. It is EXTREMELY dark up by Shasta with no light pollution and I figured this would be a perfect chance to give it a go.

I setup my camera to take 60 photos of 30 seconds with a 5 second pause in between. When I got home I merged them in photoshop to get this kinda neat photo

Can anyone tell me why the stars are so thick Too long exposure made each individual photo blurry This was shot at 20mm f/2.8, 30 seconds, at ISO 400.

Nikon D300s w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
59 photos 20mm, f/2.8, 30 sec, ISO 400, Tripod

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.