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.
 Old Faithful Geyser

This is because it can be unnerving the first few times listening to yourself think, in the dark, enveloped by the night.  If you find yourself pacing,
anxious, looking for something in the dark...take it as a hint to how close you are to a moving experience and extend your stay...and exposure.

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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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Overnight Sensation

I had a nice talk today with a dear photographer friend.  …about creating work that is deeper than an ‘I was here’ shot.  Rather, trying to reveal what the scene shares.  ... for scenes framed by the night it’s easy to say there a fewer distractions, but in reality there can be a lot -- until you get out of your own way and allow the night to envelop you.  The cool of the night, the depth of the sky, the smells you never notice during the day, and the quiet.  

It's not so quiet really....

The wind whispers, thermals gargle and the voices in your head become so loud, you start talking back – convinced you are conversing with the scene itself.  What a challenge - and pleasure to shoot for ‘sensations’.

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Yellowstone Park Foundation



The Yellowstone Park Foundation is the official fundraising partner of Yellowstone National Park,

funding important projects and programs, many of which are beyond the financial capacity of the National Park Service. 

The Foundation receives no annual government funding; it relies instead upon the generous support of private citizens, 

foundations, and corporations to ensure that Yellowstone's great gifts to the world will never diminish.   

Three of my Yellowstone At Night images are in the Annual 1872 Society Weekend's SILENT AUCTION  

at the newly remodeled Yellowstone Lake Hotel


See more at: http://www.ypf.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6189&AddInterest=1062


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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 shortlist revealed!

I am honored to have been selected for The Astronomy Photographer of the Year
shortlist of 2014.  The competition and exhibition showcases incredible images from
astrophotographers all around the world.  The winning images will be posted here:
on 18 September, and will be on display at the Royal Observatory from that date.

View a selection of the shortlisted images here:

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