A New Year & The First Nightly Night Photo

Happy New Year!

Here’s to a fabulous 2013 for everyone! Personally, I’m very excited about what the New Year has in store. I have lots of plans for all aspects of my life, and believe it or not, I might actually follow through with some of them.

I’ve already been working on plans for the Digital After Dark blog and will be implementing them over the next days and weeks.

One change is that beginning today I will be posting a new night photo every day. I’m calling it the “Nightly Night Photo,” and even though I might be posting it during the day at times, I figure that since the Internet is worldwide, and since at any given time it is nighttime somewherein the world, I won’t be sued for false advertising.

Night sky photo shot in 2012 and 2013

Shot in 2012 & 2013. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24 lens, 20 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800.


I shot today’s Nightly Night Photo a little over 13 hours ago. Patricia and I celebrated New Year’s Eve at our house and I wanted to bring in the New Year with a photographic theme. I went outside at about 11:45pm and mounted the camera on a tripod and got the exposure and composition set. Then I monitored the time closely and at about 10 seconds before midnight, I tripped the shutter. The 20-second shutter speed carried over after midnight, resulting in the image being shot in both 2012 and 2013.

I was hoping for fewer clouds so more of the stars would show through, but the capture time was the important aspect about this shot. The clouds are illuminated by the moon, as well as a little bit of light pollution spilling up from the surrounding communities.

I think it’s cool how people celebrate the New Year in different manners all over the world. Of course, among the most famous celebrations is the ball dropping at Times Square in New York. I was fortunate to witness that event in person in 2007/2008. In a small community in southwestern North Carolina, not too far from me, folks celebrate by dropping a possum in a clear box. Yep, I said possum.

Last night, I experienced for the first time how folks in my neck of the woods bring in the New Year. They do it with a bang. Literally. Shotguns, rifles, and pistols, plus a few blasts from firearms I couldn’t recognize. I don’t think I’ll investigate them, either. I have a lot of plans for 2013 and I’d like to stay healthy enough to see them through! 

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