Boulder Mountains & Star Trails

star trails & boulder mountainsStar Trails Over The Boulders

Nikon D3S & Nikon 50 f1.8 lens

This is my first image using the software StarstaX.  It's about 80, thirty second exposures stacked together.  One of the benefits of doing this is reducing noise.  Another benefit, as the 1/2 moon was behind the camera and essentially front lighting the boulders, would be allowing for longer star trails without over exposing the image.  If there is any negative I can think of so far it's that StarstaX cannot yet read RAW files.  I convert my RAW files when exporting them from Aperture to StarstaX.  Pretty easy and the best part is StarstaX is free.  For more info check out the StarstaX site HERE.