North Star Campfire by grizzlysghost

North Star Campfire

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

Composite of 134, 20-second exposures.

Camera settings:
16mm at f/2.8, ISO 800, 20sec

Story:
I like the composition and lighting, and even the length of the star trails to a degree; but I really need to fine-tune my focus!

7 degrees Fahrenheit and a little over an hour standing on the cold stones of Lake McDonald; fun times! :)

PP 12 January 2013
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/ScreenShot2013-01-12at65430PM_zps98940b53.png

T20, #2, Week 136, 18 January 2013
Well it is beautiful...wanna see bad focus? Head over to my attempt at a star trails photo lmao...now mine, is utter trash lol!
January 12th, 2013  
Amazing. Love it.
January 12th, 2013  
This is perfect. Really enjoy the clarity
January 12th, 2013  
This is amazing! I think the focus is great.
January 12th, 2013  
WOW!! So super cool!! I love the swirling stars! Beam me up Scotty!!! :) A Fav for sure! :) Amazing job Aaron! :)
January 12th, 2013  
wow.. amazing
January 12th, 2013  
Fantastic, I see nothing wrong with this, in fact I think it is great, I would be over the moon if this was my shot.
January 12th, 2013  
wow stunning shot!
January 12th, 2013  
Wonderful shot, Aaron.
January 12th, 2013  
Truly magical. I agree with everyone above.
January 12th, 2013  
Stunning. Wow! FAV. Fast track to PP!
January 12th, 2013  
I see what you're talking about, but this is beautiful as it is Aaron. And I LOVE your tag
January 12th, 2013  
I love it how you have both the trails and the stills of the stars. Fav!
January 12th, 2013  
Goodness what are you up to now? freezing your tiny hands!! Amazing amount of work went into this..........very impressive I absolutely love it ..fav for me
January 12th, 2013  
Aaron, I so want to do one of these this some day but of course will have to travel out of the city and just cant get anyone to go with me yet that will bear the cold and time with me, but it is on the bucket list. fave of course.
January 12th, 2013  
Amazing results!
January 12th, 2013  
I don't see a thing wrong with this! Amazing shot of a beautiful spot.
January 12th, 2013  
Outstanding. This is shot is on my photo bucket list. Really great Aaron.
January 12th, 2013  
Well done with the star trails. We worth the hour in the cold! This has been on my list of things to do since I saw the amazing ones Mick Porter did this past year. It can be hard to find a clear night here in Germany.
January 12th, 2013  
Amazing work Aaron!
January 12th, 2013  
Amazing! I can't wait to give this a go. All your photos are so beautiful.
January 12th, 2013  
Great capture, I envy you as the sky in my part of the UK does not give many opportunities for star trails. Well done
January 12th, 2013  
SO dool! I love pictures of stars and mountains and lakes, this combines all three! fav!
January 12th, 2013  
wow, this is stunning......I've never seen anything like this! This pic is my first ever FAV!
January 12th, 2013  
Your captures are amazing.... FAV
January 12th, 2013  
Jim
the time you put into it in the cold and in post processing is well worth the fabulous result. Fav
January 12th, 2013  
ok ok, i'll just FAV everything you do! lol :-) awesome!
January 12th, 2013  
@markyl Haha, please don't Mark; I might get a big head! :) Thanks!
January 12th, 2013  
Outstanding...Fav
January 12th, 2013  
Well I guess I can't tell good focus from bad on the trails shot, but I really like your trails, some very well defined and some faint. The backdrop makes it so beautiful.
January 12th, 2013  
Lyn
very beautiful as always.
January 12th, 2013  
Wowser...great shot!
January 12th, 2013  
another great one Aaron, standing around in the cold seems to be a recurring theme for us mad photographers!;-)
January 12th, 2013  
Really great shot!
January 12th, 2013  
Magical! Fav!
January 12th, 2013  
Simply beautiful. A fav
January 12th, 2013  
Magnificent and magical! I don't understand you mentioning the focus, I think it's all perfect! Fav and congrats!
January 12th, 2013  
Amazing!! Fav!!
January 12th, 2013  
Wow - amazing will have to fav this one as well. So glad you dropped by on my page. Truly inspiring, thanks.
January 12th, 2013  
mag
Instant FAV...wonderful shot Aaron..........
January 12th, 2013  
Your rewards for such a good photo and for persevering for it are tremendous when you share this with us!
January 12th, 2013  
I think it's stunning... nothing wrong with your focus!
January 12th, 2013  
just too wonderbeautiful for words! :)
January 12th, 2013  
loving the star trails its on my to do list! mine of course wont have the amazing landscape backdrop but one of these days I will get myself over there and give you a run for your money!!
January 12th, 2013  
Great shot - I went out last night for my first attempt at star trails -- and my luck was out - it stayed overcast all night :(
January 12th, 2013  
Stunning :)
January 12th, 2013  
Awesome!
January 12th, 2013  
Absolutely incredible!!!! Definitely a fav.
January 12th, 2013  
Epic shot! Fav+
January 12th, 2013  
Love this one. Really like the combination of star trails and a static sky. Did you use different settings to get all the un-streaked stars?
January 12th, 2013  
Awesome. Love it.
January 12th, 2013  
Caz
Fabulous !
January 12th, 2013  
Nice one Aaron.Wonderful composition.
January 12th, 2013  
Just stunning - words fail me, FAV!
January 12th, 2013  
Anything for a shot! You may find fault, but I think this is perfectly gorgeous.
January 12th, 2013  
Amazing shot Aaron! :-)
January 12th, 2013  
@archaeofrog Thanks Katie! After stacking all of the 20-second shots, I stacked in a shot I had taken earlier so the landscape details would be visible.
January 12th, 2013  
Hell Yes....Incredible shot, well worth the time and effort.
January 12th, 2013  
Looks amazing to me--Fav!
January 12th, 2013  
oh I like this :)
January 12th, 2013  
Holy crap, Aaron... I had to show some instant LOVE fot this one! FAV!
Errrm, I would say you have my 14 to 20 degrees beat with 7 degrees.. how on earth were you able to keep your fingers from freezing?
January 12th, 2013  
@shirljess Thanks Shirley! And warm hands thanks to these; they're amazing! http://www.freehands.com
January 12th, 2013  
Brilliantly well done. faved
January 13th, 2013  
@grizzlysghost OK, i am ordering me some. What style did you get?
January 13th, 2013  
Wow amazing!!!
January 13th, 2013  
@shirljess I got the recycled fleece because I have some great extreme cold skiing shells that fit over them (though I rarely need them). Also, I think they run a little large; giving your digits plenty of breathing room (and helping to keep them warm.)
January 13th, 2013  
just. wow.
January 13th, 2013  
Suffering for your art Aaron. But it was worth it. this is a spectacular shot. Love it!
January 13th, 2013  
Fantastic!
January 13th, 2013  
looks pretty damn perfect to me........... an easy fav.
January 13th, 2013  
Glorious!
January 13th, 2013  
HUGE thanks to everyone for your comments and faves, we made the Pop Page! You guys are awesome!!!!
January 13th, 2013  
amazing capture.... fav for me... congrats on pp
January 13th, 2013  
Stunning! I wish I could captured like this one day...
January 13th, 2013  
Love it! Fav!
January 13th, 2013  
Very nice work. I am not sure you can much sharper focus with the wide angle lens.
January 13th, 2013  
Absolutely beautiful
January 13th, 2013  
Wow! Fav.
January 13th, 2013  
Incredible shot -- you really do make the most of the area you live in. It's inspiring to see you shots.
January 13th, 2013  
Love it. Would love to have a crack at this.
January 13th, 2013  
Amen !
January 13th, 2013  
Brilliant and worth the standing in the cold! Fav!
January 13th, 2013  
WOW....that's all i can say!! besides 'fave' of course:)
January 13th, 2013  
Amazing! FAV!!!
January 13th, 2013  
Omg you're at it again. Stay in for a while will you? Another fav
January 13th, 2013  
Oooh! lovely and so magical!
January 13th, 2013  
wow is right Aaron. fav!
January 13th, 2013  
Fav., this is amazing! So the trails come out different colors? I know stars vary n color based on temp, but is that why the trails vary?
January 13th, 2013  
Pam
Wow!!!! Perfect!
January 13th, 2013  
@espyetta I'm not sure at all why they are different colors MaryBeth; I just know that's how they show up every time I've done star trails :)
January 13th, 2013  
Amazing, Fav for sure
January 13th, 2013  
That's really beautiful! fav!
How do you do that with batteries? My battery runs out before I can complete half a circle (Nikon D70s).
January 13th, 2013  
@hjv Thanks Hubregt! I only shot for just over an hour; I would have liked to go longer but it was rather cold out. I used half of my battery in that time. If I had gone another hour, my battery would have run out as well before I could complete a half circle.
January 13th, 2013  
@grizzlysghost Yes, I have noticed that. But not sure why...In space, they burn different colors, with blue being the hottest. So maybe that is it?
January 13th, 2013  
Wow ! Fav !
January 13th, 2013  
Just fantastic!!
January 13th, 2013  
Whoa! Blown away Aaron! Brillaint! Fav!
January 13th, 2013  
What a lovely scene. I'm just getting into night photography and I think the FOCUS is the hardest part.
January 13th, 2013  
Amazing!!
January 13th, 2013  
Love it, a fav for me, This is on my photo bucket list.
January 13th, 2013  
Just wonderful. Very well done you.
January 13th, 2013  
What a stack, very inspiring, Aaron. Fav
January 13th, 2013  
Wow, stunning shot - also on my 'to do' list! A fav for me and shall now look forward to following.
January 13th, 2013  
Awesome !! well worth the wait in the COLD!! Great image !
January 13th, 2013  
Amazing! My push challenge is "start trails"... Not sure I can do as good as you :)
January 13th, 2013  
WOW! Love!
January 13th, 2013  
Awesome star trails over the mountains! FAV!
January 13th, 2013  
Looks awesome to me. Fav.
January 14th, 2013  
My goodness, wow! Fantastic work! Definitely worth it! FAVED.
January 14th, 2013  
Wonderful work! Worked out nicely. Focus is pretty hard to get, especially when you can't really light your subject with a flashlight. Regardless, it turned out great!
January 14th, 2013  
Wow! Awesome star trails. I like how the stars are different colours. Fav.
January 14th, 2013  
awesome -nuff said!
January 14th, 2013  
This is just flat out amazing!!!
January 14th, 2013  
Stunning!!
January 14th, 2013  
Tim
Well worth the hour in the cold Aaron. Great shot.
January 14th, 2013  
Yikes how did I miss this one !, let me makes this #86!!! Fav :) Gorgeous composition Aaron!
January 14th, 2013  
Wow!
January 14th, 2013  
omg that is INSANE!!! FAV!!!!!
January 14th, 2013  
If this one doesn't make the top 3 this week, there's something seriously wrong with the Magic Monkeys. Excellent.
January 15th, 2013  
amazing
January 15th, 2013  
Just stunning! Fav
January 17th, 2013  
fav..... stunning.
January 17th, 2013  
Fav! Striking!
January 17th, 2013  
Wow, incredible!!!
January 18th, 2013  
Congrats on number 2 for the week - FAV. Magnificent and amazing image, not sure how I missed this the first time.
January 18th, 2013  
Congratulations Aaron #2!
January 18th, 2013  
@michaelelliott Thanks Michael! Not sure when the cutoff was (always a mystery), but you definitely would have the #2 given just a few more hours!
January 18th, 2013  
Congrats on #2 Aaron on this amazing star trail shot.. This is on my bucket list of things to do!
January 18th, 2013  
Awesome #2 - and you were stressing over the focus.... :)
January 18th, 2013  
@rockinrobyn I was, and AM! It's horrible... ;p
January 18th, 2013  
Lyn
Congratulations, Aaron. . .you are truly an inspiration.
January 18th, 2013  
Is there a program to merge the trails, when I tried there was a tiny gap between each exposure leading to a dashed line. I love your overall composition and location for the shot!
January 18th, 2013  
@billabonga Thanks Bill! I use a program called Starstax.
January 18th, 2013  
Congrats on Top 20 Aaron ;) well deserved!
January 18th, 2013  
congrats on top 20 aaron. amazing and beautiful!
January 19th, 2013  
congratulations on top 20
January 19th, 2013  
Your effort paid off... top 20 congrats! Excellent effort.
January 19th, 2013  
wOw ~ truly super brilliant!!!!!! ♥ fav ♥
January 19th, 2013  
It really sucks that there is so much variance with timezones, I feel like I miss so much of your stunning work! This is magnificent! Fav!
January 21st, 2013  
You caught the stars dancing! Spectacular.
January 21st, 2013  
WOW - definitely a FAV!!! ... totally envious - of your location AND mastered skill :-) ... I have much to learn - my latest / 1st attempt @ http://365project.org/githaofegestal/365/2013-01-21
January 21st, 2013  
This is a stunning capture! Makes me want to keep trying. Now, I just need the warm weather!
January 22nd, 2013  
glorious!
March 5th, 2013  
Wow, a well deserved 115 favs (make it 116 now) so beautiful and I love the one with Danbo too :)
March 5th, 2013  
What a lot of great work and perseverance. Great final image.
March 5th, 2013  
shit, that a lot of FAVS! have another! love the different colour trails too
March 5th, 2013  
WOoooooow
March 5th, 2013  
Stunning and inspirational. Just need the UK weather to clear up...
March 6th, 2013  
OMG! What a gorgeous picture! Beautiful! I'm sorry for my stupid beginners question, but is this really a 20 second picture? Absolutely a fav for me!
March 7th, 2013  
@miqudalu Thanks Tamara! It is actually 134 20-second exposures stacked together :)
March 7th, 2013  
v w
Amazing! How did you get the star trails like that?
August 6th, 2014  
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