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New on 500px : Ancients by shaneblack by shaneblack

It’s amazing reflecting on this photo and realizing just how old the objects in the frame are. Being alone at night surrounded by the stars and these ancient trees was such a great and surreal experience. I can’t wait to go back some day!

For those curious, this was a single exposure with light painting.

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New on 500px : I’ll Be Here When You’re Gone by Pcoskun by Pcoskun

A solitary bristlecone pine tree sits atop the white mountains of California as the last rays of light cast onto the landscape. It was quite surreal to be standing up here, all alone sitting beneath the tree just waiting for the light. It was almost as if we were having a conversation the entire time, telling me old tales of the surrounding ancient trees. At one point, realization set in, and I had to remember that I will be long gone before this tree ever comes down. Truly a breathtaking experience (literally and figuratively)!

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New on 500px : Ancient Memories by razadurrani by razadurrani

On the weekend after my 30th birthday, I drove high up to the White Mountains in California to check out the gnarled ancient bristlecone pine trees in honor of me getting old. These trees are more than 5000 years old. They have seen the world change and probably went through a lot. Who knows what kind of memories they have.

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New on 500px : Ancient Neighbors by ParchenPhotography by ParchenPhotography

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Ancient Neighbors; Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California. This tree may be old (4-5000 years) but it is dwarfed in comparison by the 13.2 billion year old Milky Way that watches above. I first shot here back in October of last year when it was 9 degrees out (with fresh cougar tracks in the snow) and made the decision to come back when the threat of death wasn’t as likely. I’m glad I did since the summer MW is brightest this time of year. Enjoy!

Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE
Stars: 4 minutes (SkyTracker), F2.8, ISO 800
Foreground: 2 minutes, F/4.5, ISO 400, light painted with LED’s
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New on 500px : The Twisted Life by ParchenPhotography by ParchenPhotography

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The Twisted Life; Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. This ancient tree has seen somewhere around 3,000,000 sunrises and sunsets during its life of about 4,000 years. I’ve been lucky enough to witness about eight (with no zero’s) but I’d like to think this was one of the better ones. Enjoy!

Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21
Sky: 1/30, F/8, ISO 100
Foreground: .6 seconds, F/8, ISO 100
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New on 500px : Witchcraft by Shainblum by Shainblum


To be amongst some of the oldest living trees in the world is quite a unique experience. My night at Patriarch Grove in particular was unforgettable. The moonless sky was like nothing I had ever seen before, and the beautiful white rock reflected all of the star glow. This glow provided natural ambient light for not only the photographs, but also to help us see where we were going without LED headlamps. The green cast you are seeing in the sky is called “airglow” and it is natural to the photograph. I was able to take this photograph with one exposure and some post processing, although I did not light up the tree or do any exposure blending. This is one RAW frame with color correction, contrast, noise reduction, and selective dodging and burning. Words can not express how beautiful the sky was up in the White Mountains of California, however, I hope this photograph does some justice to what I saw there that night.

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EXIF: 30SEC F/2.8 ISO6400
Canon 6D, Rokinon 14MM F/2.8

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