STARTRAILS AND SOME FLARE OVER TEIDE VOLCANO
Photo Credit: Daniel Lopez: CLICK photo for larger size and look below for links and information.
Here’s one of my favorites, startrails! I love to see the different photographer techniques to bring color out of the stars as well as the clarity and texture of the trails themselves. Not that I would ever doubt Mr. Lopez as his portfolios below will show you….he’s pretty damn good at what he does! What you see here is truly a northern hemisphere phenomenon as we are lucky enough to have Polaris, the North Star (the southern hemisphere currently has no pole star). As you can see in this four and a half hour exposure that even Polaris isn’t perfectly still. It too has a small circular path that it takes around the pole though unless you’re aligning a telescope it’s never really necessary to take it into consideration.
Like you are probably sick of hearing from me, location and foreground in widefield astrophotography/night sky shooting is crucial. Sometimes no foreground at all is the way to go if you really want the Milky Way to jump out at you. Sometimes slight foreground lighting (light painting) is needed on close objects such as trees and or hills. In this case, the four and a half hours of exposure was enough to pull in enough ambient light to bring Teide volcano into light all the while, allowing for the startrail reflections in the water just in front of him. If you look just to the right you can see a streak of light. That’s no shooting star, it’s an Iridium Flare. In short they’re a grid of satellites called “Iridium” that have large solar panels and if you are in the right place at the right time so that the sun reflects off the panels, they will show you a 30-60 second hello from space.
OR you can go to my favorite astronomical website http://www.heavens-above.com/ set up an account and it will tell you exactly when and where an Iridium flare will occur over your back yard or wherever you may be!
Mount Teide is a 12,198 ft. (3718 m) high volcano located in the Canary Islands. As its part of Spain, it’s the highest elevation in Spain and the highest elevation in the Atlantic islands. From its base Teide stands 24,600 ft. (7500 m) tall making it the third tallest volcano in the world after Hawaii’s Mauna Kea (the tallest mountain in the world from base to summit) and Mauna Loa.
Daniel Lopez website for this photo: http://www.elcielodecanarias.com/galeria/teide-charco-y-trazas-estelares/
Daniel Lopez Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danielcielodecanarias
Teide National Park; Spain (UNESCO site): http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1258