Star tails at 17 Palm Oasis in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California.
My last post was an image of skinny palms near the ocean. These palms here are quite diffrent, they are authentic relic native California Palms growing at an oasis in a harsh desert environment.
Anza Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in the United States excluding Alaska. It contains 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails not to mention that it's one of the few places in California that allows disbursed open car camping.
I made this image the night before setting off on a backpacking trip in the nearby mountains during the winter. My hope in creating it was to capture something strange almost otherwordly out in the desert. The exposure on this was between 5 and 6 hours. The lighting on the palms was from a 12 volt flashlight I used to slowly burn the palms from top to bottom lingering in each area about 40 seconds. As you can probably tell, I was not able to burn the tree evenly. Also, the light in the lower left hand corner is actually the pre-dawn sunrise on it's way up.
For post processing, I cropped and sharpened.
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AthaPan (0) 2006-08-23 20:19
I once tried 60 minutes and my result was not so satisfying.
THIS here, is really nice, the long exposure and the stars, the colours and the motive, all work fine.
°°° ATHANASIOS °°°
gervaso (13001) 2006-08-23 20:40
Very interesting effect! The result is just fantastic! And you got good lighting on the tree as well. Good job!
Cormac (26565) 2006-08-23 20:44
Very eye-catching shot! The lighting on the trees and the streaks in the sky are both unusual, and when you combine them you get a very interesting shot. I'm glad you put in the notes about how you made the shot too. Great work!
pboehringer (770) 2006-08-23 20:49
Hi Doug, very interesting and stimulating shot. The extremely long exposure plus the additional flash light gives a weird, unusual picture with the palms apparentelly in flames and the long lines produced by stars, airplanes and satelites.
I will have to try something similar.
danielswalsh (13599) 2006-08-23 20:56
Superbly done Doug!
I attempted this while back in Canada. Setting up my tripod in my backyard and trying to get a good exposure on the skies- yet resulted in nothing but alot of digital noise (even on 50 ISO).
I'm guessing for shots such as this I HAVE to use film???
For the first time in AGES Doug, you've sparked my interest in picking up a film camera.
Great work here mate, look forward to seeing more of your shots!
saguzar (862) 2006-08-23 21:43
I love astronomical and long time exposure shots and this is very,very good. The sky has incredible colours and star trails. I see some straight lines, Are they airplanes lights?
The palms are very strange to me and are illuminated weirdly.
hoorge (1434) 2006-08-23 22:37
Very smart and creative. You did a great job. Love the colors and the stretched exposure.
eyuksel (710) 2006-08-24 4:15
you captured an interesting shot with impressive technique!
long exposure makes the scene unique!
euryan (8440) 2006-08-27 1:42
I love this shot. It's very impressive. I'd say you burned the trees pretty evenly considering you can't tell what you've done until after you develop the film. The sky looks amazing with its purple color slowly turning into it's complimentary color of yellow. Very nice.
Kititit (813) 2006-09-05 11:10
great technique that worked very nice.
the long exposure permited that brilliant effect with the stars.
It a eye-catching one!!!
thank you for the note that explains so well you idea in that precise moment.
Benedict (7076) 2006-09-13 1:08
oh anza-borego, what a nature's place to be!
great, spectacular work you did!
aspiringamateur (151) 2007-10-30 12:40
You really show your creativity here, with the flashlight technique especially. And the result is otherworldly, indeed; those look less like palms and more like eerie cousins of ALF :) The timing is perfect, with the extra color added by the rising sun (but not too much). Thanks for your extensive note; if I ever buy a decent film camera and a tripod I'll have to try something like this.
A+ for effort and result :)
- Copyright: Douglas Arrasin (darrasin) (2860)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-12-22
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon Elan 7/NE, Canon 24-70 F2.8 L, Fuji Velvia 100
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Desert Images, Your Favorites, My favorite photos (12) (Gatti Matti) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-08-23 20:14
- Favorites: 3 [view]