One of my loves in photography is getting out to do night photography. There’s no need to put the camera away when the sun goes down in fact some of the most interesting photos can be taken at night. Those that follow me regularly on Facebook will notice that every now and again I go out and do some night photography. Sometimes I wish I had more time for it because it’s something I love to play with but my photo work must come first as always!
Anyway, this post is about the appreciation of night photography and to show a selection of my images and what can be done after dark. The below image is a shot of the Milky Way as it was stretched across the sky above me. If you live in the city then this probably isn’t a common sight. I had to drive nearly an hour out of town to escape the light pollution enough to catch this photo. Continue past the break for more.
This shot was taken out near Warwick, QLD. I lined up the milky way to extend out from the top of the windmill (ironically the manufacturer is Southern Cross!) to give the photo a good point of interest. Then I took out a flash and let off a few pops to light up the windmill and the adjoining shed.
Startrails are something I like to play with. Basically they involve exposing the sky over a long period of time to catch the movement of the stars as the earth turns. Some of the most spectacular ones are done pointing the camera at the south pole (at least in the southern hemisphere) so you get this kind of vortex effect as the earth spins around the pole. This was taken at a secret location in the Lockyer Valley, QLD, and I have to thank my mate Simon Diete Photography for taking me to this location. This was around an hours worth of exposure and again flashes were used to illuminate the shed and the tree in the background.
Some people think you have to get out of town to take night photos as the light pollution makes it difficult. To some extent there is truth in that but if you are willing to fiddle around you can get some interesting results. This photo was taken overlooking Toowoomba, QLD, so there was plenty of light pollution in the background which does lessen the amount of visible stars. Still, that’s not something to stop me and I decided to try make the best of the situation and came away with this photo.
This final photo is probably my favourite to date and one of the technically challenging shots to pull off. From memory this shot was made up of 9 photos stitched together to create this panorama of the Milky Way stretching from horizon to horizon. Each shot had to be lit with a flash at a similar intensity to make the shot appear seamless.
If you are a fan of night photography or what I try to do then I would appreciate it if you would share and like this post on your social media of choice. Any of these are available to purchase as prints directly from me if you wish. Contact me.