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.

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.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

A Night Under a Pier

Fishing Pier at Night on Outer Banks

Here’s a shot I made last week the night before my Night Photography on the Outer Banks Photo Tour began. I was shooting under one of the older piers while it was open for business. There are two important points to be taken from that. First, since I was shooting while the pier was open, the Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Update On Comet ISON

Back in April, I daydreamed of photographing a spectacular comet around this time. All the guestimates about Comet ISON at that time suggested that by mid-November it would be a naked-eye-visibility comet by this time, on its way to becoming the Comet of the Century. Fortunately, I knew better than to let the hype affect me. Read more... you know you want to.

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

The Northern Lights In North Carolina

Northern lights in North Carolina

A coronal mass ejection is heading for Earth ( and is expected to cause an increase in polar aurora activity and possibly even trigger activity at middle latitudes. The last time I was lucky enough to see the aurora at my latitude (35-degrees north) was over 10 years ago. Here’s a shot I captured from Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Comet PanSTARRS and False Advertising


I'm not a big fan of traditional advertising techniques, especially those that insult my intelligence, or lack thereof. Show me a baby that Warren Buffet turns to for investment advice, or try to play on the fact that I’m an ignorant redneck in order to get me to drink your watery excuse for a beer, Read more... you know you want to.

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Tonight’s Photo – Orion & More Falling Water

Waterfall at night

Okay, one more waterfall and I’ll see if I can find something different for tomorrow’s nightly image. You know the drill by now, right? This is a static star image, so I shot it at f/4, 25 seconds, and ISO 1600. I light painted the waterfall with, you guessed it, an LED flashlight with a Read more... you know you want to.

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Night Image for the Current 24-Hour Period – Waterfall & the Big Dipper

Night photo of waterfall and Big Dipper

Are you tired of waterfalls, yet? Hope not, because I’m gonna be posting a lot more of them over the next weeks and months. For this shot, I used the same technique as for Thursday’s waterfall. A typical static-star exposure of f/4, 30 seconds, and ISO 1600 captured the sky, while light painting with an LED 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.