Note: I shot every image in this post from the same location. In this recent galactic post, I talked about exploring those “one of these days” places that we all drive by on the way to somewhere else. Well, now I want to talk a little bit about those “somewhere else” places that we’re always on Read more... you know you want to.
For tonight’s night photos, I’ll give you a couple more old film shots from the Roan Mountain Highlands. I spent the night on a ridgeline and just after sunset, I watched a distant thunderstorm and the last bit of sunlight fire up the clouds. Back then (we’re talking the early 1990s), I didn’t know anything about Read more... you know you want to.
I’m very fortunate to live in location that’s pretty good for shooting the night sky. It’s not totally dark; there are several streetlights nearby, as well as the lights from my neighbors. But it’s dark enough that I can see the Milky Way pretty well, and there are some decent mountain ridges and trees that Read more... you know you want to.
In this post, I talk about how light pollution affects the night sky photos I shoot around my house. Here’s another example that I shot last night from my back porch right at the end of twilight. When the clouds are low like this, the various lights in the neighborhood illuminate them nicely. As I said Read more... you know you want to.
Light pollution is the bane of night-sky photographers. We drive miles to get away from it so we can photography the sky in all its natural glory. I’ve never had anyone look at any of the photos I’ve attempted under light-polluted skies tell me how much they love the pukey brown and yellow color casts. Read more... you know you want to.
The full moon occurs this Saturday evening at 11:39pm, which means the night sky is already getting light, with the moonlight washing out the fainter stars. This is the time to shoot landscapes illuminated by the moon, and if you include the sky, you’ll get a blue, daytime-looking sky filled with stars. Pretty cool! I shot Read more... you know you want to.
The magic light of twilight is not restricted to clear skies. Even when it’s cloudy or foggy, as in this photo, you can still get that sweet light. However, if the cloud cover is very thick, it won’t be as noticeable. The cool thing about cloudy twilight shooting is that the clouds act like a giant Read more... you know you want to.