StarTrax

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(You’ll wanna click it for the bigger picture)

Directions: After enjoying turkey and all the fixin’s, and then lighting a campfire, mount a camera on a tripod at Eureka Dunes Thanksgiving Day evening with a waxing gibbous moon behind you. Next point the camera out into the pitch darkness in the general ballpark direction of north over the Last Chance Mountains. Manually focus the lens to just short of infinity and cross your fingers that’s correct. Then open the shutter for the 35 minutes you spend with your Baybee! and your dawg at the roaring flames hypnotized by the dancing licks while soaking in the still and serene solitude of it all as little brown bats dart through the air around you. As the flames start to die down and the cold temps encroach, return to the camera, close the shutter and the above stars-in-the-daylight illusion is what you get. Savor and enjoy.

Loads of other pix shot at much faster shutter speeds are here in this set on Flickr.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."