I finally had a brief star trail opportunity this summer in Yosemite. Matt escorted me into the darkness and I setup my camera and tripod and took a few shots at varying lengths of exposure.
I am apparently afraid of the dark. I was freaked out. I come from a land of street lamps and traffic. It was so dark that the only reason I knew Matt was Matt was because he was talking- otherwise he just looked like a dark scary figure standing to my right.
This is my only decent shot from that experience. I'm happy with it.. it has about a million more stars than I could ever see at home. One day I'd like to do a proper exposure- maybe leave the camera on all night. For now my 6 minute exposure will keep me happy.
These next 2 shots are from home. I forgot I'd taken them one night during a lunar eclipse back in December. In the first photo a strange ring of light is surrounding the moon. The real thing was even more dramatic. In the 2nd photo the clouds had cleared a bit and the moon was glowing red. I love staying up for these things. During a meteor shower a few years ago and my dad, sister and I stood out on the front lawn at 3am with his telescope watching the streaks of light fall from the sky. Pretty amazing.