The night sky is one of my very favorite things. Maybe it's because I grew up in a suburban area of California where it was difficult to see very many stars, but every time I've gotten away from the city lights and had a chance to look up at the night sky and see stars, I am just filled with awe. Creation is such a beautiful thing! I don't even have words to describe how it makes me feel.
When Michael and I went to his grandparents' lake house during Hurricane Matthew, we decided to take full advantage of the fact that for once there weren't a ton of little cousins running around and we could feel safe taking the camera out on to the dock. We waited until around midnight, grabbed some bean bag chairs from the "grandkids' media room" (where the grandkids are allowed to retreat and watch movies or play loud video games together during family gatherings), our camera remote and tripod, and headed out to the dock.
Setting up the camera and working to focus it on the stars was an adventure all of its own, but I think we mostly figured it out. This was both of our first time taking any type of long-exposure night photography, so we still have a TON of room for improvement, but for the hour or two that we sat under the stars, talked, and tried different exposure lengths we had a great time.
I think next time we'll try setting up on the beach because the dock wasn't completely still, which resulted in the stars looking like they moved a bit more than they would have in reality. It also would have been incredibly helpful if the neighboring dock across the lake didn't have all of their bright lights on. We were definitely wishing they would go to bed and turn the lights off. I also couldn't blame them for wanting to be outside, though. It was a beautiful, clear night and fall was rapidly approaching meaning it'll pretty soon be too chilly to enjoy a late night out on the dock. I definitely want to try this again!
Have you ever tried night photography? What worked for you?
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