Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Night Photography Lens Test From Ron Brunsvold

Wanted to pass along this lens test from Ron Brunsvold. It will be of special interest to Canon shooters, but since Ron also tested lenses from Sigma, Tamron, and Rokinon, Dark Side (Nikon) shooters should take a look. I would assume that the lens characteristics are the same for both mounts. One thing I especially like Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, March 13th, 2015

More Wild Photo Night Adventures!

As I mentioned in a recent post, I’m honored to have been a guest photographer on six episodes of Doug Gardner’s wildly popular Wild Photo Adventures TV show over the past five years. One of the shows, which is about night photography, is in the current season and hasn't been available to view online until now. Watch Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Wild Photo Night Adventures!

I’m honored to have been a guest photographer on six episodes of Doug Gardner’s wildly popular Wild Photo Adventures TV show over the past five years. Two of those episodes include night photography. You can watch one of them below. The second one is part of the current season and won’t be available to watch Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, December 19th, 2014

How To Carry Gel Filters For Quick Selection And Access

Digital After Dark Flash Pack

Q: What does every piece of photo gear you own have in common? A: You gotta carry it in SOMETHING. (Yes, I know. This is a 2,300-word article about how to carry little colored pieces of plastic. At least I have accepted that I have a problem. Maybe now I can get some help. Anyone want to Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Viewing & Photographing The 2014 Geminid Meteor Shower

It’s time for the Geminids! The Geminid Meteor Shower ranks among the best meteors showers of the year, producing around 120 meteors per hour in ideal viewing conditions. This year, the peak occurs over two nights for North American viewers—tomorrow evening through Sunday morning and Sunday evening through Monday morning. The third-quarter Moon interferes somewhat this year, Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Wonderful World Of Camera Flash, Flashlights, And Gel Filters

Light painted waterfall

You’re going to have to humor me with this one, folks. I tend to get a little carried away with gel filters. There’s something about all those colors that makes me all tingly inside. For those of you who just want the CliffsNotes version, here you go (Drew Eschbacher, this is for you): Gel filter make photo Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

A Night At A Waterfall

When you get a good night at a photo subject, it makes sense to shoot it in as many ways as possible. That’s especially true for some of the waterfalls that I hike to. When the subject is miles away from the nearest road, it’s not like I can just pop over any time I Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Analyzing Star Trails, Part Two: Length Of The Lines

Star trails around Polaris

In Part One, I talked about the shape of star trails. In Part Three, I talk about color and intensity. Here, I’m going to explore some of the issues regarding how far the stars streak across the frame. Some people are surprised when I tell them that the length of a star trail varies according the Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Cabin Fever

Light Painted House-Milky Way-Smokies

Man, I sure do love photographing old houses and cabins under the night sky. The only thing I like better is shooting waterfalls at night. But just any old structure won’t work. Strange as it may sound, there are very specific requirements for what makes a good cabin shot. These are the features I look for, Read more... you know you want to.

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

My Kind Of Weather For Waterfalls!

Frozen waterfall

I had just about given up hope that my neck of the woods would ever see some decent winter temperatures, but this past week came through for me. By decent, I’m talking chilly. Not that 20s and 30s crap, but single digits and negative numbers. The kind of temps that produce the frozen waterfalls and Read more... you know you want to.