Sheldon Wecker, QPSA  

Cave Creek by Sheldon Wecker, QPSA

June 2021 - Cave Creek

June 2021 - Sheldon Wecker, QPSA


About the Image(s)

This photo was taken during a photo shoot trip my Club took recently to the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona. The area is known for rugged rock formations and migrating birds. It is also a "dark sky" area. There was sufficient time between sunset and moonrise to try some night photography. The number of visible stars once your eyes acclimate is stunning. The light on the ground is from the yellow bug lights on the cabin porches. Sony A7R3, 24mm, f4.5, 20 sec, f5.6, iso 1250. Edited in Lightroom and Topaz Denoise AI. I'm also including a star trails version, taken at the same time. About 110 20 second exposures were combined using StarStax. The view is to the south, so the stars appear to be rotating around the south pole, which is below the horizon.

6 comments posted

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
This is an impressive image as is the one of the star trails. Of the two, it's the star trails one that I prefer because it gives a great idea of the movement in the night sky. How long did it take StarStax to build that image?   Posted: 06/11/2021 08:28:51
Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Can't recall exactly, but it wasn't very long - one or two minutes at most.   Posted: 06/14/2021 14:13:04

John Hackett   John Hackett
This is one of those images that gets lost on our black background. A thin stroke would help. Like Peter I like the star trails image.   Posted: 06/12/2021 07:42:18

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Once again, I'm with the others - the star trails is my favorite of the two. The one posted is static as compared to the flow in the trails. Also, the foreground appears to be "brighter" in the secondary image. Funny how we both came up with "Starry Starry Night" shots this round???   Posted: 06/14/2021 06:02:52

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
The StarStax process has yielded very sharp star images. However, the exposure level is so low that the beauty of the scene is compromised. My personal preference would be to lighten and perhaps colorize the sky and to reveal more color and detail in the landscape portion. The technical effort in the photo is impressive. I am not a fan of star trails.   Posted: 06/17/2021 19:36:16

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Really good concept for a photo. The thing I like is the foreground in that you see it where as many photos at night show a dark almost black foreground. If the stars/sky were brighter it would add some pop to the photo.   Posted: 06/18/2021 06:45:17


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