Image Credit & Copyright: Grant Kaye.
January 2, 1920: Happy Birthday Isaac Asimov – “There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.”
First off, I hope everyone has a great New Year and I hope that your wallet and waistline survived the holidays without taking too much damage. The jury is still out as far as I go but you know how that goes.
Let’s get 2015 off to a rolling start with this awesome set of startrails from Grant Kaye. What I love about these six hour polar startrails is that the entire image is framed perfectly. The long exposure circles show that, although slowly, and not very much, Polaris actually does have some movement to it. Night after night, year after year it’s not something we notice and it’s not something that will throw off your northern navigation but it does make a small circle.
This fantastic image was captured in Nevada’s Lunar Lake Playa and from looking at it you can see why. The wide open expanse and the rolling mountains far beyond on the horizon make for a surreal scene that must be a spectacular sight in the black of night when the stars and planets themselves almost seem to cast shadows to light your way. The distant green airglow and starlight reflections bouncing off the water are like icing on the cake.
If you look out towards the sides of this image you can see how startrails begin to taper off and differ from polar to non-polar. If you’re a fan of shooting startrails yourself and you find that you only do polar startrails, try shooting some to the east or west and you will notice that the familiar circular pattern gives way and in its place, straight startrails with, at each end, easy curves that seem to almost squish them together at the center.
I hope you enjoy this image as much as I do and be sure to check out more of Kaye’s images in the links below.
Grant Kaye Photography: http://www.grantkaye.com/