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  • My photo was just chosen by National Geographic editors for Top Daily Dozen on their website!!!!

    Wow!! My photo just made "The Daily Dozen" on National Geographic's website!!!!! Every day, NatGeo editors select 12 favorite photos.  Today, mine was one of the twelve selected!!!  If you are so inclined, you may vote for my photo, but I don't know whether you have to create an account or some such thing first.



    Temple Tree Star Trails

    A direct link to the photo, "Temple Tree Star Trails" on National Geographic, is here.  

    This photo is one of several taken during my trip to Zion National Park (Utah) and Valley of Fire (Nevada) earlier this year:  


    The photo is a long exposure night sky photo showing the celestial movements of the sky, and is not the result of trickery or excessive manipulation in Photoshop.  By keeping the shutter open for a long time, the photo shows the movement of the stars over a long period of time.


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    Ken Lee on 500px / Ken's Photo Store / Ken Lee Photography Facebook Website / Blueberry Buddha Studios / Ajanta Palace Houseboat - Kashmir / Hotel Green View - Kashmir / Eleven Shadows website / Ken Lee Photography Blog / Akai 12-track tape transfers / MY NEW ALBUM! The Mercury Seven

  • #2

    Well done!

    a selection of my songs: https://soundcloud.com/songwriter101

    my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SaulTiberiusNads


    • #3
      Voted. I'm a fan.
      Your god doesn't exist but my god does and he is all loving. If you disagree with me I'll kill you. - Prince Ea


      • #4

        Just joined a voted for you!  Well done.


        • UstadKhanAli
          UstadKhanAli commented
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          Thanks!  That was a surprise.  And the funny thing is that I may not have known, but a fellow photographer told me about it!!

          And I don't know if you saw a post from a day or two ago, but I mentioned this 15 year old photographer who is already taking really good looking star trails, night sky, macro and long exposure photos, all done with a strong sense of composition, technical capability, artistic sense, and a great deal of patience...anyway, he was the one who gave me a heads up.  He was perusing the National Geographic site, clicked on the photo, and then noticed that I took it, so he gave me a heads up or I may not have known for quite some time!!!!!!!

      • #5

        Very coolthumb.gif

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        music and social stuff


        • guido61
          guido61 commented
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          Freakin' awesome!

      • #6
        Wow! Thats ace!
        MY MUSIC: https://theshea.bandcamp.com/


        • #7

          Congrats, Ken! Your photos are pure art.



        • #8

          How long was the shutter open Ken? Congrats and it's a truly stunning photo!!



          • UstadKhanAli
            UstadKhanAli commented
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            sventvkg wrote:

            How long was the shutter open Ken? Congrats and it's a truly stunning photo!!


            I was really really sure that I answered this, but don't see it anywhere.  Sorry.  

            The total exposure for the Temple Tree Star Trails photo was 50 minutes.  However, since you asked how long the shutter was open for, it was open for 30 seconds for each individual photo, but I shot 100 photos in succession, later combining them in Photoshop in a technique called "stacking".  This was developed by astronomers to reduce noise in photographs, but us photographers can also use the technique.

            There's no Photoshop "trickery" or manipulation besides "stacking"...just the usual sharpening, contrast, and that kind of thing, maybe a little bit of denoising in the sky, I don't remember.

            I was trying to take a photo of a large rock outcropping.  However, the moon had other ideas, and kept shining in my lens.  But I turned around and saw this tree, looking quite a bit like it does in the photo, and immediately said, "Wow...."  I loved the way the moon was illuminating this.  This does have some other illumination from a car, which fortunately did not ruin the photo.  

            This photo has become one of my favorite photos I took on the whole trip to Zion National Park in Utah and Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, and to think that it occurred because I couldn't take the photo I wanted.

        • #9

          Congrats,  Ken!

          Every paint-stroke takes you farther and farther away from your initial concept. And you have to be thankful for that. Wayne Thiebaud

          Friend me on FACEBOOK!


          • stomias
            stomias commented
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            Beautiful Ken! Congrats.......


        • #10

          These photos would make awesome album covers!

          "Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground."
          ~John Lennon


          • UstadKhanAli
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            But not actually in NG...because you only read the articles.