You need really dark skies to photograph the Milky Way. Recently I’ve been so preoccupied with improving my Milky Way photography that I’ve dismissed taking photos on clear nights if the moon is out. Turns out I was missing what these beautiful, clear, moonlit nights had to show me.
After a couple days of gray skies and high temperatures below freezing, we got a bright, sunny but still properly cold day. I grabbed my gear and drove down to Hocking Hills to find a waterfall I hadn’t seen before. Seize the cold!
After scouting another potential astrophotography spot in Hocking Hills, Ohio, I went to nearby Cedar Falls. There were no falls. It’s been so dry that there was barely a drop of water where the waterfall should be. I took the opportunity to photograph Cedar Interesting-Shaped-Cliff and a dry creek bed. Continue reading Cedar, uh, Rocks
There’s a part of the brain that is compelled to figure out things we don’t instantly understand. One of the ways photography can trigger that compulsion is with long exposure images. We can mess with time to create a world we can’t see on our own. We can make flowing water look silky and smooth, clouds that streak across the sky and show the path of lights.
Light painting takes advantage of the long exposure to show a single point of light in many places at the same time. Frequently these paths are round. Light orbs and spinning steel wool photos are very popular and easy to create. Can we create other shapes as well?