This past weekend I had the pleasure of guiding an enthusiastic group of night owls on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They photographed lighthouses, piers, fishing boats, and a little burning steel wool. And even though the photo tour was for night photography—not birds—a few lucky participants managed to grab a few shots of the elusive Outer Read more... you know you want to.
In Part One, we explored the curvatures of star trails. Part Two dealt with the length of the trails. Here, we’ll talk about the color of star trails and how to record the most streaks. Why are my star trails different colors? It’s a good question. I mean, shouldn’t the stars all be white, just as Read more... you know you want to.
Warning: Geek Alert. Analytical discussion ahead. You do not need to bring the right side of your brain. Okay, you’ve been warned. (Patti, I know YOU’RE still with me. J) A question I hear often when I show star trail photos is, “Why are the lines going in different directions?” Good question. Here is the short answer Read more... you know you want to.
Among the finest twilight skies I've ever witnessed occurred during a trip I made to North Carolina's Outer Banks over 20 years ago. I've never seen the sky look so vibrant at Bodie Island Lighthouse. I might have, if I had shot there all the times I wanted to over the past few years. Unfortunately, the lighthouse has been Read more... you know you want to.
Here’s another one of Cape Lookout Lighthouse that I shot on the same trip as yesterday’s photo. It’s a stack of 32 4-minute exposures. I was very careful to line up Polaris precisely above the lighthouse. I’m not crazy about the glare in the bottom part of the image, but hey, what do expect when Read more... you know you want to.
You might recognize this lighthouse from yesterday’s post. Obviously, I shot it on a clear night this time. This is a film shot that I took some 20 years ago. Modern digital cameras have opened up an incredible world of possibilities for night photographers that I couldn’t have dreamed about when I took this photo, but Read more... you know you want to.
Lighthouses make terrific night photography subjects. They are cool to look at, they soar into the sky, and they come equipped with their own light-painting device. Assuming there is no surrounding light pollution, the light from a lighthouse is typically not enough on cause problems with including the stars in a clear sky. But a really Read more... you know you want to.