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, 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.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Comprehensive Guide For Photographing Star Trails

Star Trails at PARI radio telescope

Some people consider star trail images to be cliché, but I happen to like well-done clichés. I don’t know what it is, but something about those light streaks captures my attention more than most night subjects. But while it’s ridiculously simple to make a star-trail photo, it’s not so easy to make a good one. Read more... you know you want to.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Analyzing Star Trails, Part Three: Color And Intensity

Night Waterfall-Star Trails-Light Painting

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.

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.

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Analyzing Star Trails, Part One: Shape Of The Lines

Star trails North, South East, West

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.

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

More Lunacy-Photography During The Full Moon

Full Moon Over Waterfall

The full moon occurs tonight (actually 7:33 in the morning), which means the next few nights are going to be great for some types of night photography. You won’t be shooting many meteors or Milky Way scenes, but you can shoot landscapes illuminated by the moon, as well as shots that include the moon in Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Wild Waterfall Adventures

Star trails at waterfall

Season 4 of Wild Photo Adventures will be airing soon all across the nation. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out. My friend Doug Gardner does a terrific job both producing and hosting the show. I’ve been on a few of the shows in past seasons and I was Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Pic of the Night – Another Light-Painted Waterfall

Frozen waterfall and star trails

To create this photo, I used nearly the same technique as with the waterfall in Wednesday’s post. See, this is starting to sound pretty easy, huh? This is 35 exposures for the star trails at f/4, 4 minutes, ISO 400 and one exposure for the light painting on the waterfall at f/4, 88 seconds, ISO Read more... you know you want to.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Nocturnal Image for the Night – Light-Painted Waterfall & Star Trails

Light painted waterfall at night

It’s hard to think of a better subject for a nature photographer than a waterfall. I’ve been shooting them for nearly 30 years, so when I started getting serious about night photography a few years ago, it was only natural that I would work on ways to incorporate waterfalls into my night shooting. Over the next Read more... you know you want to.