Make A Wish by grizzlysghost

Make A Wish

I'll make two.
~ I wish that plane hadn't cut across the sky.
~ I wish I had more of the lake in the shot.

Very striking viewed LARGE (with the magnifying glass above the photo) :)

2am over Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana. 151, 25-second exposures at f/2.8, ISO 400. I will try this shot again so I can get more reflection next time, but to get the lake this glassy is rare.

This image may be purchased here:
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/wishes-aaron-aldrich.html

Here is almost the same shot, at sunset: http://365project.org/grizzlysghost/365/2013-01-22

And for the curious among you, here is one of the single frames: http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/ScreenShot2013-04-02at103054AM_zpsea4d30a5.png

PP 2 March 2013:
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/ScreenShot2013-04-02at71749PM_zpsa27e4480.png

T20, #7, Week 148, 12 April 2013
OMG OMG OMG, FAVED :) great job! Startrails are still on my bucketlist :P
April 2nd, 2013  
Excellant
April 2nd, 2013  
Which plane?!! Amazing just amazing, very well done love it!!
April 2nd, 2013  
Wow!!! Speechless.
April 2nd, 2013  
awesome stuff!
April 2nd, 2013  
Wow
April 2nd, 2013  
A-W-E-S-O-M-E! :)
April 2nd, 2013  
You're rockin' the star trails!
April 2nd, 2013  
Fanatastic!! Fav!
April 2nd, 2013  
INCREDIBLE.
April 2nd, 2013  
fav
i am going to try this but I have to plan ahead as when I think of it it is too bright with the moon out or it is too cloudy.
this is really great to see.
April 2nd, 2013  
WOW! Stunning!
April 2nd, 2013  
This is amazing!
April 2nd, 2013  
WOW...Fav
April 2nd, 2013  
Absolutely a fav. Awesomely beautiful.
April 2nd, 2013  
this is cool
April 2nd, 2013  
Super processing. It looks like it takes a long time to get these. You started at 2am. When did you finish?
April 2nd, 2013  
What plane? The effect is stunning and dizzying at the same time. Love the single frame as well. Think I'm going to have to wait a grew months till we go to Wales to try this as there's just too much light pollution here.
April 2nd, 2013  
@dmortega This shot took almost exactly one hour (exposure time). I actually started at 1am and finished around 2am, then 20 minute drive back home.
April 2nd, 2013  
A spectacular image
April 2nd, 2013  
Awesome! It reminds me of a Van Gogh. FAV
April 2nd, 2013  
Popular page here you come :P This is fantastic.
April 2nd, 2013  
Wow! I'll be jumping on the bandwagon this time to shoot this to the number one position. Totally worthy of the placing! Fav....
April 2nd, 2013  
WOW! This is stunning. I'm still trying to find the plane though.
April 2nd, 2013  
Love this! The plane is very subtle... would only bother the photographer! And yes, more of the lake would be awesome, but I love that you have the north star centre in here, wouldn't want to lose that with a different composition! Fav :)
April 2nd, 2013  
Excellent , as always!!
April 2nd, 2013  
Best star trails I've seen. Beautiful color and composition
April 2nd, 2013  
Stunning image, Fav! To be honest, I really can see no plane. Really respect the effort you put in this.
April 2nd, 2013  
Just stunning, can't think of enough superlatives. FAV
April 2nd, 2013  
Very spectacular!
April 2nd, 2013  
Nice, Aaron!
April 2nd, 2013  
Wow - stunning. I'm not seeing the plane you spoke about.
April 2nd, 2013  
awesome just awesome! :)
April 2nd, 2013  
another fantastic star trail! out of the world!
April 2nd, 2013  
Jo
Holy cow!! ..... Fav
April 2nd, 2013  
I would buy a print of this in a heartbeat! Love it! Instant Fav!!
April 2nd, 2013  
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April 2nd, 2013  
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April 2nd, 2013  
V
April 2nd, 2013  
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April 2nd, 2013  
@soren Haha, I saw the "F" and was wondering where you were going with that... :)
April 2nd, 2013  
Incredible!
April 2nd, 2013  
That is so cool.. Bravo
April 2nd, 2013  
This is unbearably clever, and something I'll never have the techno, skill or sky to do. While I love it (don't hate me) I have to admit that I love the single frame more... it is so beautiful to see so many stars at once, and reflected in the water? Divine.
PS You had 2 wishes and used them for that?!
April 2nd, 2013  
PS Can you post the 'single frame' photo here too....come on, you've got room somewhere...! xx
April 2nd, 2013  
How do you do that ?
April 2nd, 2013  
Awesome! I wish I could see the whole picture when I view large. Are you listening, Ros? Fav.
April 2nd, 2013  
Wow. I love the single frame too. Fav!!
April 2nd, 2013  
Very very very cool....... great work Aaron
April 2nd, 2013  
Beautiful and fav. I dont see the plane but am looking forward to seeing yoru next attempt with more of the lake showing.
April 3rd, 2013  
Magnificent. Fav!
April 3rd, 2013  
Outstanding. Such a blessing to live in a location offering such stunning beauty. Keep it up. Fav.
April 3rd, 2013  
This is just wonderful and worth staying up half the night to capture.

April 3rd, 2013  
So wonderful....hope you were dressed warm...fav
April 3rd, 2013  
My brain can not even comprehend how this is accomplished so I'll just admire and FAV!
April 3rd, 2013  
Huge THANKS to everyone for your lovely comments and faves, we made the Pop Page!
April 3rd, 2013  
Wow, incredible star trails! Love the comparison to the single shot too.
April 3rd, 2013  
Great effect .,,,,
April 3rd, 2013  
Nia
WoWzEr!! So cool, but I'm still looking for the plane? Are you playing a one day later April fools on us?
Popped on over here to tell you how much I am enjoy the 365 story! Such a great idea and so fun, but got distracted/arrested in my awe of today's shot AND looking for the plane!
April 3rd, 2013  
I agree with the lake but "what plane?"I can't see it...fav btw
April 3rd, 2013  
Awesome shot, Aaron. You really deserved the POP page! I'd like to try this sometime so thanks for posting the tech info.
April 3rd, 2013  
Wow Aaron, I have not been here in a day or so and look what you do..............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
April 3rd, 2013  
@sianipops Haha, thanks Nia! Okay, for you guys wondering about the plane ( @fannyb @taz_o @l2lumom @susale @aurorajane @btorrey @swilde ), if you look at the image large you can see a thin red line leading from the mountain in the middle of the image to the right edge of the page. That's the plane! :)
April 3rd, 2013  
Nia
Seriously!!.? That little line? Ok who found the plane without Aaron's help?
April 3rd, 2013  
@dealio Thanks so much!
April 3rd, 2013  
@grizzlysghost I see it!!!!!!! Thanks for giving the specifics of where to look.
April 3rd, 2013  
@sianipops Haha, actually... there is another one, very light... but I won't point that one out! :)
April 3rd, 2013  
@scooter I know, right? Haha :)
April 3rd, 2013  
That's a plane?????
April 3rd, 2013  
@swilde Haha, I know, what a disaster! ;)
April 3rd, 2013  
I wish I could see your exif data.

And who gave that plane permission to fly through that airspace?
April 3rd, 2013  
Never mind on the exif. I just don't read that closely.
April 3rd, 2013  
Fantastic star trail! Fav!
April 3rd, 2013  
I did :-)
April 3rd, 2013  
Amazing shot and star trails! What a fun place to capture the reflection too! Fav!
April 3rd, 2013  
Amazing!
April 3rd, 2013  
Beyond awesome!
April 3rd, 2013  
Amazing.... I love the reflections on the image ...fav !!
April 3rd, 2013  
Wow!! Brilliant!!
April 3rd, 2013  
Absolutely fantastic!
April 3rd, 2013  
Wow - this is simply stunning! : ) fav
April 3rd, 2013  
Incredible!!!!
April 3rd, 2013  
Nicely executed trails around the Pole Star. The reflection in the lake is quite lovely.
April 3rd, 2013  
Jim
Amazing. Fav
April 3rd, 2013  
Super, and I made more than one wish.
April 4th, 2013  
I've seen a lot of star trail shots, but this is better than many of the pro shots i've seen, jaw dropping! and a definite fav!
April 4th, 2013  
Fav! That single shot is beautiful as well. I really need to try this one day, I love it!
April 4th, 2013  
One of the most vivid star trail photos I've seen. Fav.
April 4th, 2013  
PP!!
April 4th, 2013  
Wonderful! I just love the different colours of the trails and the detail in the landscape! Where did the warm tones come from at 2 am?
April 4th, 2013  
This is very cool. You live in a wonderful place I'm lucky if I can see the Moon
April 4th, 2013  
Where's the star? Here's the star: YOU ARE!
April 4th, 2013  
favcourse :-)
April 4th, 2013  
@dandolo I think a little light pollution from the distant lot where they keep all of their construction equipment warmed up the scene ever so slightly :)
April 4th, 2013  
Wowsers. Fav.
April 4th, 2013  
this is beautiful, I love the trails, shame about the plane and more lake would be nice, but this is a fav because it sort of reminds me of a Van Gogh Starry night
April 4th, 2013  
Awesome......this is on my bucket list, but the UK is so cold to play outside at the mo :(
April 4th, 2013  
INCREDIBLE! FAV!
April 5th, 2013  
stunning and impressive! so what do you do while the camera is working it's time? do you bring a chair and sit back and play angry birds? or do you hover over the camera? (and why my mind ponders these things is beyond me)
April 6th, 2013  
@northy Haha, you are getting to know me too well! I figured out how to set the timer on my cable remote, so yes... I walked back up to the car (about 100 feet away)... and played angry birds for an hour! True story! :)
April 6th, 2013  
ba haaa haaaaaaaaa!
April 6th, 2013  
spent ages looking at this yesterday, chatting about it with my hubby, and was sure id faved it, and hadnt. d'oh. now i have. remarkable shot!
April 6th, 2013  
@jaynspain Haha, happens to me all of the time Jayn, thanks! :)
April 6th, 2013  
Fantastic! I have yet to figure the timer on my cable remote. And i need to travel at least 3 hours away to clear the light pollution. You are so blessed this is so close to home.
April 7th, 2013  
stunning photo!
April 7th, 2013  
Fabulous shot! :)
April 7th, 2013  
I *LIKE* the plane. :^)
April 8th, 2013  
Beautiful collection of shots. The single is wonderful also. Love the warm colors. Fav.
April 9th, 2013  
WOW...no need to say more!
Fav too lol
April 9th, 2013  
Congrats on Top Twenty - love this photo! :)
April 12th, 2013  
Big congrats on TT!
April 12th, 2013  
Congrats on the top 20! This should have been higher on the list...I guess that is a factor of number of followers and views in the ratio formula or something? doesn't seem right to me. I somehow missed this when you posted it. Or I saw it in your calendar but assumed it was another one you had done. This one is the best one you've done yet! And I had to enlarge and look and look for that plane and still was not sure that was it until I read your comments up there to someone else about it. It is not something anyone usually will even notice! Star trails are on my bucket list. and I do have a lake around to use to try to get the reflection too...but not sure I can ever do anything a quarter of the quality as this! This is art!
April 12th, 2013  
@espyetta Thanks MaryBeth! I don't think followers have much to do with it. What happened here is a factor of when it was posted. The T20 tallies the stats sometime on Wednesday, which are then ranked and posted on Friday. I posted this photo on Tuesday, so by Wednesday it didn't have enough votes yet to make the T20. Since it continued to gather votes after Wednesday last week, it got enough by Wednesday (two days ago) to make the T20 this time around, but the votes it got before the first Wednesday don't count, which is why it didn't rank higher... if any of that makes sense. In a nutshell, if T20 is a goal for you, don't post your best work on Tuesdays (and Mondays are risky too) :)
April 12th, 2013  
@danitech @wind_of_the_sothern_sea Thanks so much guys! :)
April 12th, 2013  
@grizzlysghost Oh..okay! Wow. Did not know all that! But it makes sense that in the flow of a "week" that it does matter when the pic gets posted. So will it make the T20 again then? I have seen that happen... And I will make sure to post rubbish on Monday and Tuesday from now on! haha! I usually do anyway.
April 12th, 2013  
@espyetta I think the ones that make multiple showings on T20 are the ones that are posted on Monday and get enough quick likes to make the cut on Wednesday (which will get T20 honors for that week), then continue to get likes for the next few days until the following Wednesday. For example, post on Monday, get 30 likes by Wednesday and make the bottom of the T20. Then get another 60 likes before the next Wed and make the T20 again based on those 60 "new" likes. Of course, the crazy monkeys throw a few more wrenches into the mix, but I think that's the T20 in a nutshell :)
April 12th, 2013  
Congrats on two in TT...again! :)
April 13th, 2013  
This is amazing, Aaron! Wow! congrats on the T20!!
April 13th, 2013  
@dealio Thanks!
@orangecrush Thanks Jerry!
April 13th, 2013  
This is insane! Outstanding image.
April 13th, 2013  
Congratulations on the Top Twenty!
April 13th, 2013  
Congratulations on the top 20 :)
April 14th, 2013  
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