Night Photos-Twilight

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Big Dipper-Venus-Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

The Big Dipper and Venus shine above Mount Pisgah in this view from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, 20 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 800.

Venus and Foggy Mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

Venus shines in the twilight sky over Foggy Mountains in this view from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 1/5 second, f/8, ISO 400.

Big Dipper-Foggy Blue Ridge Parkway

The Big Dipper shines above Mount Pisgah in this view from an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The light streaks are from car headlights on a road in Pisgah National Forest. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, f/2.8, ISO 800. Stack of four 15-second exposures to capture all of the car light streaks.

Big Dipper-Venus-Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

The Big Dipper and Venus shine in the twilight sky in this view from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, 25 seconds, f/4, ISO 2500.

Big Dipper-Venus-Satellite-Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

Venus, the Big Dipper, and an unidentified satellite shine in the twilight sky in this view from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, f/4, ISO 800. This is a stack of six 13-second exposures, which was needed to capture all of the satellite streak.

Twilight-Big Dipper-Blue Ridge Parkway

Foggy twilight view of the Big Dipper from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, 20 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 1600.

Sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

Foggy sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70 f/2.8mm lens, 2.5 seconds, f/8, ISO 400. This is a blend of two images, one for the foreground and one for the sky.

Big Dipper-Airplane Contrails-Satellite Flare-Blue Ridge Parkway

Airplane contrails, the Big Dipper, and an unidentified satellite shine above the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, 20 seconds, f/4, ISO 800.

Orionid Meteor-Big Dipper-Venus-Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

An Orionid Meteor, the Big Dipper, and Venus shine above the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, 20 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 1600.

Twilight view of Gatlinburg, TN

Evening view from the Space Needle in Gatlinburg, TN. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 400, f/10. Three exposures blended in Photoshop, one for the sky and two for the cityscape to increase the light streaks from the cars.

Twilight in Gatlinburg

Evening view from the Space Needle in Gatlinburg, TN. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 400, f/10, 4 seconds.

Burano Italy

Evening calm settles on the village of Burano, near Venice, Italy. Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, f/22, 5 seconds, ISO 400.

Twilight in a cypress swamp

Evening twilight in a cypress swamp. Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, f/22, 2 seconds, ISO 200.

Venus, Jupiter, and the Pleiades

Venus, Jupiter, and the Pleiades shine in the early dawn twilight sky above Fontana Lake. The Great Smoky Mountains are across the lake. Nikon D700, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, f/4, 25 seconds, ISO 1600.

Twilight in a cypress swamp

Evening twilight in a cypress swamp. Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, f/22, 2 seconds, ISO 200.

Fontana Lake Marina

Fontana Lake Marina. Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, f/8, 1.6 seconds, ISO 800.

Twilight sky in the Smokies

The beginning of twilight in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Nikon D700, Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye lens, f/3.2, 20 seconds, ISO 1600.

Clouds and stars

Clouds and stars from my back porch. Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, F/4, 10 seconds, ISO 1600.

International Space Station

The International Space Station flies over Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Nikon D700, Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye lens, f/3.2, ISO 1600, 7 20-second exposures stacked. I'll be spending 2 months aboard the station beginning next month!

Anticrepuscular rays above Linville Gorge.

Anticrepuscular rays shine in the twilight sky over Linville Gorge in Pisgah National Forest, NC. Nikon D2X, Nikon 12-24mm f/4 lens, f/16, 5 seconds, ISO 100.

Twilight at Cape Lookout National Seashore

Antitwilight sky above Shackleford Banks at Cape Lookout National Seashore. Nikon F5 (I think), Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 lens (good guess), f/16 (wild guess), 10 seconds (who knows?), Fujichrome Velvia 50 film (likely).

Winter twilight sky above Roan Mountain

The twilight wedge hangs above the snow-covered Raon Mountain Highlands on the North Carolina/Tennessee border. For camera info, see above image.

Twilight at Lake Mattakuskeet

Antitwilight sky over Lake Mattakuskeet in eastern North Carolina. This is an old film shot and I can't remember anything about the settings. Let me know if you'd like for me to make something up.

Comet PanSTARRS

Comet PanSTARRS and crescent moon. Nikon D800, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens, f/11, 4 seconds, ISO 800.

Wright Brothers airplane sculpture

Life-size sculpture of Wright Brothers First Flight in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Nikon F5 (I think), Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 lens, f/22 (a guess), 8 seconds (another guess), Fujichrome Velvia 50 film (another guess, but a pretty good one).

Twilight at Roanoke River

North Carolina's Roanoke River in morning twilight. Nikon D2X, Nikon 12-24mm f/4 lens, f/16, 10 seconds, ISO 100.

Sunrise in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Just before sunrise in the Smokies. Nikon F5 (I think), Nikon 75-300mm lens (I think), Fujichrome Velvia 50 film (pretty sure), f/16 (wild guess), 5 seconds (wilder guess).

Crepuscular rays at sunrise

Crepuscular rays in morning twilight sky. Nikon D2X, Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, f/13, 3 seconds, ISO 200.

Fishing boats at twilight

So the tourist asks, "What are you shootin'?" To which I reply, "Why, the NASCAR race, of course!"

Venus and the crescent moon

Venus and the crescent moon shine in a dawn twilight sky along the North Carolina coastline. Nikon D700, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens, f/20, 4 seconds, ISO 200.

Twilight at lighthouse on the Outer Banks

Bodie Island Lighthouse at twilight. Can't remember anything about the gear or settings used. (Hey, it was over 20 years ago!)

USS North Carolina Battleship

USS North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington, NC. Nikon F5, Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 lens, f/16ish, 4ish seconds, Fujichrome Velvia film.

Snow geese at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Snow geese in a twilight sky at Pocosin Lakes NWR. Nikon D700, Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens, f/4.5, 1/800 sec, ISO 400.

Duke Chapel

After correcting for vertical perspective distorion.

St. Mark's Square at twilight

St. Mark's Square in Venice. Nikon D700, Nikon 17-35 f/2.8 lens, f/16, 6 seconds, ISO 200.

Twilight reflections on Black River in North Carolina

The twilight sky reflects in a blackwater river in eastern North Carolina. Nikon D700, Nikon 17-35 f/2.8 lens, f/22, 3 seconds, ISO 200.

Twilight tugboat on the Cape Fear River

Twilight view of abandoned tugboat on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC.

Twilight on winter landscape in the southern Appalachian Mountains

Winter twilight on Max Patch Mountain in the southern Appalachians. Nikon F5, Nikon 17-35mm lens, f/8, 2-stop graduated neutral density filter.

Sunrise over Core Sound in Eastern North Carolina

Just before sunrise, the sun illuminates clouds over Core Sound in North Carolina. Nikon F5, Nikon 17-35mm lens, f/8, 1 second, Fujichrome Velvia film.

James B. Duke statue at twilight

James B. Duke statue at Duke University. Nikon D700, Nikon 14-24mm lens, f/11, ISO 200, 3-shot HDR blend.

Car light streaks on divided highway

Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24 lens, f/8, 25 seconds, ISO 200 (5 frames stacked)

Outer Banks Fishing Pier

Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24 lens, f/4, 15 seconds, ISO 800

Zodiacal light, twilight, and meteors

The zodiacal light shares an autumn sky with the morning twilight, a meteor, and an Iridium flare. 17mm, f/4, ISO 1600, 25 seconds.

Seashells and twilight sky

Whelk shells on picket fence silhouetted against the twilight sky.

New York City skyline at twilight

New York City skyline at twilight.

Crepuscular rays

Crepuscular rays illuminate the sky in Nantahala National Forest.

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