While last-minute filers were submitting tax returns online or at the post office, William Lee of Camas, was taking photos in tulip fields in Woodburn, Ore.
One of the results of his April 15 late evening photo session has led to recognition in the Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest with National Geographic magazine.
Lee’s photograph of star trails above the fields at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is one of two finalists in the travel category. Overall, there are 12 finalists in categories such as animals/wildlife, nature, people/cultures, weather and action/energy.
Lee was inspired to take photos of star trails, after watching an Oregon Public Broadcasting TV program “Art Wolfe Travels to the edge.” It included a photo with star trails over cactus in a desert area.
Lee describes star trails as the paths left by stars.
“When staying still and observing from Earth – as the result of the self spin of Earth – all stars appear to move and circle in the sky around Polaris if in the northern hemisphere,” he said. “A camera mounted on a tripod with shutter kept open for a long time will record star trails, because all stars are like slow moving light sources relative to camera sensor.”