"Are those the real colors?" I got that question a lot as I worked on this image. Star trails are created by doing long exposures which cause the stars to appear to be wheeling overhead. Think of the motion blur on a car driving by too fast when you take a photo. Only in this image, we are talking about 4 hours of exposure. The answer to that question is..."Maybe." Stars are far more colorful than our eyes usually detect. Most of us only see the stars near a city with light pollution, which causes the star to look way fainter. Even if we drive way out into the country, it takes a full 45 minutes for most people's eyes to fully adjust. If you look at your phone, car light, etc, dome light, what every, that 45 minutes restart. But by doing the long exposure, I hope I can begin to bring out that truer color. Shot at Lake MacKenzie, south of Amarillo.
Photogeek speak: 406 sequentially shot photos, stacked in photoshop, blended via lightening mode. Collapse to a 16-bit tiff, then worked on to bring out the color. Roughly 160 miles to the location then roughly 4 hours of images.
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