Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Saying Goodbye To Old Friends & Exploring New Frontiers

Orionid Meteor-Big Dipper-Venus-Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

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.

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Tonight’s Night Photos – Storm Clouds In The Roan Mountain Highlands

Storm clouds at Roan Mountain

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.

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Jupiter, Clouds, And Wine-Thirty

Jupiter and clouds in night sky

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.

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Low Hanging Fruit – Time To Make Lemonade

Clouds and stars

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.

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Nightly Night Photo – Full Moon In Venice

Full moon in Venice


Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Nightly Nocturnal Image

Cabin and night sky

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Light Pollution & Pukey Photos

Cloudy night sky

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.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Nightly Image – Clouds & Moonlight

Clouds at night in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

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.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Tonight’s Image

Sunrise over Core Sound in Eastern North Carolina

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Nightly Night Photo – Foggy Twilight on Fontana Lake

Foggy twilight on Fontana Lake in North Carolina

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.