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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Overnight Sensation

I had a nice talk today with a dear photographer friend…about creating work that is deeper than the cliche I-was-here!  or  look-what-I-did! shots.  

Instead, aiming to reveal what the scene shares.  

I noted it’s easy to imagine there a fewer distractions when photographing at night, but in reality there can many until you get out of your own way and allow the night to envelop you.     

The cool touch of the night, the true depth of the sky, smells you never notice during the day, AND it's not so quiet really....  

The wind whispers, thermals gargle and the voices in your head become so loud,      you find yourself talking back – convinced you are conversing with the scene itself.  

It is a wonderful challenge and pleasure to shoot for this ‘sensation’.

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