Get Out of Town!:

Get Out of Town…is always the best information that someone can give you when you hope to photograph the night sky unless of course you want to do some color correction in Photoshop.

This image was photographed at f-16 during a time exposure that lasted thirty minutes.

The gold cast that you see in the sky is from the ambient city lights of Fishkill, Beacon and Newburgh on the westside of the Hudson River.

Automobile lights can be fun to experiment with at night.

You can use them as a focal point as they trail off into the distance or you can use them to highlight areas of your image as in the image below.

Don’t let yourself be limited by the light source, grab anything from a flashlight to a small string of battery operated Christmas lights and experiment.

Look to the Stars:

It’s a wonderful time to take advantage of the full moon nights that come with the winter months.

I must admit that it is a bit more wonderful if you’re working in the high desert of the Mojave or the lower desert floor near Joshua Tree National Park rather than New York’s six degree snow covered forest floor.

Never-the-less a time to experiment with long time exposures and maybe a small strobe to help nature’s ambient light.

A reminder that it is best to have a central subject, tree, rock, person along with your tripod, cable release and a kitchen timer works great to keep track of your exposure; small piece of plastic if standing in the snow.

Light your subject a little warmer and let the strobe feather off.

The above image is a sixteen minute exposure while popping a strobe full power on the large tree and half power each on the tree limbs and the back rock wall.

Find a good chunk of night sky and play with the star trails.

Think color and break the rules:

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With the temperatures starting to dip heading into October throughout the country, we’re starting to see rich autumn colors throughout the northern United States.

It’s the perfect time to keep your still and video camera close to you on those drives to and from work.

Along with thinking color, think motion.

Let the wind blow and slow the shutter speed down for surprising results that have the appearance of brushing overlapping watercolor on an easel.

If you are working on your blog, website; placing images in a scrapbook; or hanging them on a wall…think of the story you want to tell.

Know your space and think of how your image might interact with one another by changing size and relationship.

FirstFall2 copyFeeling stronger about one photo over another?  You may want to make that your dominant image and give it more space.  Remember that nothing “carries the same weight” which means that elements in one photograph will be more visual pleasing than another.

Stay away from images that are redundant.  Keep things different when possible and think about “movement” in a photograph.  Some pictures may have subjects that offer physical movement from left to right or up and down.  Use that movement to place your next image.

It’s also a great time of year to haul out that never used tripod.  With the harvest moon coming into the picture later this month, it’s a good time to grab a coat and play with some time exposure.

Remember to break the rules when ever possible.