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"THE TRUE NORTH" - ZION NATIONAL PARK

I immediately knew that I should try a full star trail as soon as I saw this place. I combed the web for tutorials and learned that the key to a full star trail is to locate the NORTH STAR or POLARIS, since it's in a fixed position and all the other stars rotate around it. So armed with a compass and star chart, I ventured out to this location shortly after sunset, set-up my tripod and waited for the right light. I didn't have to wait long since it was a moonless night, but I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of stars. I can't even locate the Big Dipper to find a reference point. Giving up in finding the Polaris , I just pointed my camera north, concentrated on my composition and crossed my fingers, hoping to catch it somewhere in the frame. I got a divine gift that evening, for I could not have positioned it any better. The pool, the tree and the distant mountain all pointed to - "THE TRUE NORTH".

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