Salton Sea - Kevin Key Photography - San Diego, California
Star Trails Over the Salton Sea.

Star Trails Over the Salton Sea.

I produced this image by combining 68 frames in StarStaX. Each frame shot using my Canon 6D and Sigma 15mm at f/4.0 30 sec ISO 2000 I spent over two hours removing airplane trails in Photoshop.

Unlike my previous visits, the water was quite choppy tonight - so no cool reflections in the water this time. Fortunately the sky was nice and clear.

I shot this at the old abandoned Naval Station at the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea Naval Station was an auxiliary field to NAS San Diego commissioned in 1942, had a barracks for over 600 men constructed there. It was disestablished in 1946. NAF El Centro then took over the facility using it for parachute tests of the manned space program and other military systems until 1979. There remains little if anything of the former field. The Salton Sea has taken over much of the runway.