Keywords:California, Joshua Tree National Park, stars, night, long exposure, nighttime, moonlight, CA, landscape, trees, sky
"Joshua Tree Starry Night" - California
Stars light up the sky and a rising moon provides the foreground light in this nighttime long exposure at Joshua Tree National Park in California.
I scouted this location earlier in the day, finding a subject and composition I liked, and hiked out later in the evening in the dark with a flashlight to the same spot.
This is a 40 minute exposure, at ISO 400, using a Canon 5DII and 24-70mm f2.8 lens. I ended up processing the single RAW file twice - once for detail and color in the sky, and again for detail and color in the foreground. I manually blended the two files together in Photoshop using layer masks, spending a ton of time at high magnification on the Joshua Tree itself.