Lost Amongst the Stars

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    Last night was the new moon, so I decided to test out my new 16-35mm lens by heading out to the Dalles, to shoot the stars. I made the 2 hour trip out to the old "Emerson House" (I think thats what its called) and arrived at midnight. I got out of my car and it was deathly silent outside. Looking at the old house way out in the field in the utter blackness made me think twice about walking out there. I am by no means superstitious, but when you arrive at a so called "haunted house" at midnight by yourself, your nerves start to get to you. After about twenty minutes of staring at the house, I finally built up enough courage to crawl under the fence and walk out into the field to photograph it. I set up, (and by this point I am really freaking out!) and fired off 4 shots. Then I start hearing noises in the complete silence of the night, but I shrug them off thinking that I am just paranoid. Then something tips over in the house, it was an unmistakable noise. (really, really freaking out by now!!!!! eek!) My mind starts making up all sorts of explanations. THen I hear an awful blood curdling screech, and 2 very large birds came stampeding out screeching and hollering strait at me. I freak out, run-- trip, run -dive, freak out that I almost broke my new 16-35, scramble under the fence leap into my car, and speed off as fast as I can. I do not think I will be back to the Emerson house, unless it is with a very large parade of people :) This is one of the 4 shots that I got before I was chased out by some pterodactyl screeching bird thing. ( I never did see what type of bird, looked too big to be an ordinary owl) (could have been a vulture) :) THis image was made by using a flash light to paint light on onto the old building. Enjoy!

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    1. ~ Aaron Reed ~ 32 months ago | reply

      This turned out really really nice man! Great image!

    2. Leo Hohmann 32 months ago | reply

      I'd say you got what you came for, an amazing shot of the old mansion under the starry sky. If the bird was trying to stop you, he lost!

    3. coach48 32 months ago | reply

      Very creative and beautiful..
      nice work………..
      Complimenti …Coach…. :O))

    4. CU-Photography 32 months ago | reply

      lol, I've had the same run away situation before being chased by a sheep. Scary stuff! Well worth it here, that's a stunning shot, well done

    5. el.merritt 31 months ago | reply

      This is so cool with the milky-way in the background. Well done with the light painting.

    6. 1 Horseman. 30 months ago | reply

      You did a great job capturing the detail in the foreground and the sky.

    7. OuchouHaya 30 months ago | reply

      it's a great shot!

    8. LLoyd Nielsen 29 months ago | reply

      What an awesome shot!

    9. Justin Smith - Photography 29 months ago | reply

      That sky is absolutely stunning.

    10. SedatPhotography 26 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot
      congrats!!!!

    11. Jerry T Patterson 25 months ago | reply

      Superb night sky image Lijah !

      Now that's one heck of spooky story !!! Though you've probably been successful in subconciously injected a sense of fear about approaching this house at night for those who'd think about visiting it in the future, you've made me now want to go there and check it out for myself ... though when I would do that is the question.

    12. PamINSeattle 23 months ago | reply

      Hilarious! You were attacked by two barn owls that wanted you outta there. :o) Awesome shot, love the light inside and of course that drop dead amazing sky. I'd be worrying more about snakes in the grass myself.

    13. True_Bavarian 20 months ago | reply

      Hey Lijah, absolutely love all of your work, thanks for sharing it here on flickr (and your nice website)!
      I couldn't really decide which of your pictures I like the most - so I thougth maybe I at least find one picture I don't like at all - but I didn't ;-) Keep em comin!
      Yours
      True

    14. I M R A N ~ light and Shades ~ 20 months ago | reply

      Superb shot and story ... :)

    15. keithleblanc323 17 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot...Go back with a "Grip" or another photographer that will give moral support...

    16. PeterThoeny 13 months ago | reply

      Beautiful lights, superbly captured!

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