More than; "this is what I saw"

To me photography is more than a capture of “this is what I saw”.   I challenge myself to make an image about the feeling, the time, and the spirit of the scene rather than just a “moment-in-time”. The image is a way of sharing something that is meaningful. 

Photo-based images can do more than document life, it can add to life.  The process of creating images draws a parallel to the way I experience life.

Scenes and scenarios --- visualizing a successful final outcome, examining the background, the middle ground, and the foreground.  The light, the shadows, the dynamic range and different perspectives.  I anticipate, prepare --- and I allow the picture to unfold. I am aware, awakened, and appreciative....


tell me what you see...

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go on a camping trip. 
After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night, and go to sleep.
Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

"I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes" replies Watson.
"And what do you deduce from that?"
Watson ponders for a minute.
"Well, astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all-powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe. What does it tell you, Holmes?"
Holmes is silent for a moment. "Watson”, he says.
"Someone has stolen our tent!"

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Change is the only certain thing

Heraclitus of Ephesus (535 BC - 475 BC)
was a Greek philosopher, known for his doctrine of change being central to the universe, and for establishing the term Logos in Western philosophy as meaning both the source and fundamental order of the Cosmos.  "This universe, which is the same for all, ...ever-living fire, kindling itself by regular measures and going out by regular measures.... The only thing that is constant is change." 

Last month we looked up to see another Lunar Eclipse...I assisted the local astronomy club and high school students share the experience with Mom's and Dad's and grade school kids.  Everyone was uplifted and fascinated in a communal way.

Today there is celebration of earthlings (European Space Agency) landing a probe onto a Comet (67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko).  It took 10 years of travel for the spaceship (Rosetta) to arrive at the scene and release the probe (Philae) to study the makings of the Comet (comet soil, quantities of water, nucleic, amino acids...)  Many scientists believe the origins of life on Earth lie in comets that smashed into the planet (comet seeding), bringing with them the basic building blocks of life.  http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/mission-facts/mission-goals

Framed by the night I can't help but wonder how, as our technology changes, our images change and... perhaps our minds.

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Gathering Stardust

It typically takes about 1.5 hours to 2 hours in one spot
to gather enough stardust to have a meaningful experience……and make an emotional image.

If you've heard that “using a tripod will force you to slow down” --- wait until night photography using extended exposures.  You begin to stare deeply into the heavens and may even catch yourself looking deeper into yourself.  Because you have time…

The challenge of course, is to bring back that meaningful experience in the form of a two-dimensional print that evokes a similar emotion in others.  I find earthlings like my Night Sky Landscapes best when the landscape and the sky are accented with some light and the sky has more than a hint of blue.   So, by beginning the exposure at twilight -- still gleaming from the invisible sun, the sky retains a nice deep blue color and a pleasing gradient onto the foreground.  Higher ISO's make for lighter images and consequently lighter blues...

ISO 400            [allows for less noise in large prints]
f/5.6                 [allows a little Depth of Field wiggle room for nearby landscape features]
5-6 minutes      [nice looking, long smooth trails]
20-30 sequential exposures easily processed with ‘StarStax’ or layered in Photoshop

I recommend 'beginning' night photographers try 30 to 40 minutes in one spot.  That's just enough time to be assured of a 'first' magical image and time enough to feel what it means to listen to the scene, the sky... even to your inner self.  If you find yourself pacing and looking for something deeper in the dark --- take it as a clue to how close you are to a moving experience.  Extend your stay...and your exposure.

 Old Faithful Geyser

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Connect the Dots

What camera settings work best when you're just starting out?  What do you do with a bright full moon that outshines the stars, or cloud cover that assists the stars playing hide-and-seek?  What in the world are those elusive  LuminBeings™ and how do you photograph them?

Get hands on experience in photographing the night sky during the
celebration of the Scott Kelby WorldWide PhotoWalk...Robert Howell will introduce camera settings and other tips and suggestions for shooting the night sky.

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 12:00midnight Friday, Oct 10th then 12:01am Saturday Oct 11th - 06:00pm
Bozeman, MT 

We are having two "walks". Come to one or both!

Part 1:
Photograph the Night Sky with Robert Howell & The BPUG
Midnight to 2:00am

Part 2:
Wetland photo walk along the trails at the Gallatin Recreation Area from 3:00-6:00pm
The group will meet at the Gallatin Recreation Area (Bozeman Beach) and shoot along the trails for (hopefully) colorful wetland photographic fun!

At 5:00pm the group will caravan to F-11 Photo where there will be snacks, treats and photo sharing!
Pick your favorite photos from the night shoot and afternoon walk to share with the group…


More info and sign-up here:

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