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Snow Escape

Is it a retreat or a far away prison?

I don't know.


Here's another take from the night out with Darren and Aaron. Crazy stuff going on with colors in sky and lighting all around.


I really enjoyed my time out there with those guys. I have been apprehensive about going out shooting stars with people because most times I'm really zeroed in on what I am intent on trying and tromp off to some weird locations or setups. But also, I just get lost and enraptured in the stars. All the more so when my camera is with me. So, it's a bit of hesitation that someone coming along would get bored, cold, or generally unimpressed. And, that would be a personal blow.


But, I'm finding that's hardly the case and most people, especially landscape photographers, share a deep wonder for a night sky full of stars. So, this night, out with # Aaron and Darren was a blast because we were all running around like goofy schoolkids at a playground. I'd be setting up a comp in one direction excited about what I was seeing, then I'd hear Darren behind me, "NO WAY!" And then Aaron would immediately say, "Dude, what have you got?" and he and I would come trompin in our snowshoes over to Darren to look at his screen. This process was repeated by all of us checking out each others preview screens, each caught up in the fun of shooting this clouded starry night.


For me, there's excitement in shooting at night because you don't know what you'll get. I know that's the case with just about all photography. But in our digital world, we have instant gratification and feedback for the shots were composing and taking. At night, that gratification is masked first by the dark and our own eyes. We HAVE to use our camera to see into the night. And secondly, long exposures take time :-)

It's annoying, but rewarding setting up a shot and then having to wait 30 seconds or 5 minutes for an exposure to take and see what you actually got.


I know, I know, this is still pretty much instant feedback compared to film days- but for a digital shooter, there is a wait. And I like it. And, I enjoy experiencing a beautiful night of stars with others who share that wonder.


If you want to know how to take the first step in taking pictures of the stars, I've made an introductory video tutorial on shooting stars. It's meant to give you a heads up on what to expect, what to bring, and save you from making the most common mistakes I do when I go out shooting.

You can watch it here:


Thanks guys!

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Taken on December 7, 2010