National park photo ops: The best way to catch desert stars

Stars shine in the night sky over a dead tree in Death Valley National Park.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

The stars shine brightly at night near the Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park. With my camera set at ISO 1600, a 16mm lens and the shutter opened for 30 seconds, I waited for passing cars to light the sides of the dead tree and tried a little bit of flash-fill.

In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.

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