Circumpolar stars over Arches National Park


After capturing my late night star trail photos in Arches National Park earlier this month, the battery in my Canon 60D was nearly empty. But that didn’t stop me from trying to capture one final shot near Double Arch and Elephants Parade. After hiking back to my car, I set up my tripod nearby using similar settings to my other star trial photos and starting the exposure. I got a little board pacing back and forth for 16 minutes at 1 am. But I was trying to hold out as long as possible so I could get as much rotation around Polaris before I stopped it and headed home. But I was worried about the battery running out while the mirror was still up, so I ended it around 16 minutes and made my way back to the hotel.

The end result…

photo Arches National Park circumpolar star trails

Canon 60D | 10mm | 962 seconds | f/8.0 | RAW

Some of my favorite photos to capture are circumpolar, so I wish I could have let this go even longer so there was more rotation… but I am pleased with the colors and lighting of this photo and I hope to get the chance to photograph Arches National Park at night during a full moon again.

~signed, Carltonaut

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