Monday, January 14th, 2013

Nightly Night Photo – James Buchanan Duke Statue at Twilight

James B. Duke statue at twilight

I find that college campuses make great locations for night photography. Many universities have interesting architectural elements, both in the buildings and common areas. There’s always some piece of artwork, statue, or historical structure to shoot. The most famous spot at Duke University other than Coach K Court is Duke University Chapel, a Gothic masterpiece constructed Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Nightly Night Photo – Foggy Car Light Streaks

Foggy night view of road in Asheville, North Carolina

I need a bumper sticker that says, “I brake for overpasses.” When I’m shooting in a city, overpasses are my friends. They give me an elevated view not only of the highway, but often, also of the city skyline. So when I scout a city for good photo ops, I try to locate as many bridges Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Nightly Night Photo – Lunar Halo

Lunar halo around the full moon

My wife is a lunatic. And I’m sure glad that she is. Otherwise, she might not have stepped outside last month during the full moon to gaze at the sky. I was preparing for bed when she ran back inside to tell me there was a bright ring around the moon. Waiting for me outside was Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Nightly Night Photo – Outer Banks Fishing Pier

Outer Banks Fishing Pier

I love photographing from beneath ocean piers, but it’s hard finding a good one. You need one where the beach has a long gentle slope to the water. If the slope is too steep, it’s just about impossible to shoot long exposures without getting pounded by the waves, even at low tide. Plus, with a Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Nightly Night Photo – Car Light Streaks

Car light streaks on divided highway

These kinds of photos are crazy easy to shoot. Just find an overpass over a divided highway and use a wide-angle lens to accentuate the convergence effect. The key is finding the right overpass and photographing at the right time. You want something interesting on the horizon, like mountains, a city skyline, or most anything that Read more... you know you want to.

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Nightly Night Photo – Weddings

Night wedding photo

When you’re as passionate about night photography as I am, you look for ways to incorporate night shooting into everything you do. Back in October, some close friends of mine were married and I had the misery honor of photographing their wedding. When you shoot a wedding, the only thing that matters is giving the couple Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

A New Year & The First Nightly Night Photo

Night sky photo shot in 2012 and 2013

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 Read more... you know you want to.

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

11 Things That Can (WILL) Go Wrong On a Night Shoot

Night view of Queensboro Bridge in New York City.

I think I do a pretty good job of paying attention to detail. I consider every little possibility and I don’t push the shutter button until I’m positive that everything is set up properly. Some might even say I’m obsessive about it. (My wife uses another word.) But try as I might, I haven’t been Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Photographing Meteor Showers

Two Perseid meteors in the night sky beside the Milky Way

The key to making great photos of meteors is to be real quick with the camera. Just kidding! Actually, the real key is to be slow and methodical. As in taking your time to set up and get everything just right. The idea is simple. Point the lens at a section of sky where you think (hope) Read more... you know you want to.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend!

A Leonid meteor streaks in the night sky in the constellation Orion

It’s time for one of the best meteors showers of the year. The annual Perseids typically produce rates up to one meteor per minute, but the rates could be even higher at times. The projected peak period is the early morning of this coming Sunday, August 12. However, the Perseids occur over several days and Read more... you know you want to.