Yesterday, I was having trouble coming up with a title for this one, but today, it came much easier. That’s because my recent astro photos have several people around here wanting to take an astro workshop with me soon.
At some point, we all need a little help to get wherever it is we’re trying to go. I’ll let you in on a little secret. All of the talented photographers that I know have sought help at one time or another. That can be in the form of workshops, video tutorials, books, or good old fashioned discussion with their peers.
I often seek the opinion of my peers, and I’m always on the lookout for tutorials that I think I could benefit from. Knowing what you don’t know is an important thing in photography, and its equally important to know how to fill the gaps in your knowledge.
When I first got out of the car, I was disappointed because I thought there was a lot of haze in the sky. My photo buddy and I decided we should just do a few test shots, to see what showed up. Imagine our excitement, when that haze turned out to be the aurora. After our eyes adjusted to the dark, we could sort of make out the soft pinks. This far south, it’s pretty tough to see the lights with the naked eyes.
This was actually one of the first test shots I did. That means I didn’t set up the composition at all. I basically pointed the camera north and tried to keep the horizon level. It turns out the lights were the best during the test shots, so I decided to edit and share the colors.
I grew up in a city where we were denied the opportunity to see just how vast the universe is. I’ll never forget the first time I saw the Milky Way in Big Sur. My perspective shifted immediately.
As I stood up on top of the mountain at Crater Lake on Tuesday night, I found myself not just staring in the direction of the aurora borealis, but up…in all directions. The amount of visible stars up there is amazing. Even more amazing is sharing the moment with photographers that are passionate about astrophotography. I’m very inexperienced, when it comes to astrophotography, but I know how to use my camera, and how to experiment.
I’m not the most excitable person, but I was excited the other night, as I watched the clouds clear, and move like waves on the horizon. I can’t wait to see the timelapses that a few of the guys were shooting.
Now, I feel like I should go play beneath the stars more often. Especially, since I met a couple of locals that are passionate about it, and good at what they do. You should go check out their work on instagram @steezyphotos and @matthewnewmanphotography. They both got killer shots at Crater Lake too, including a 14 image pano by Matt.
I’m…exhau…sted. I shot this one out at Crater Lake last night around 1am, which is when I started my 2 hour drive home. When I heard the aurora borealis was going to be visible, I had to go join a few other crazy photographers out in the snow. Brain…not…functioning. Going to lay back down now 🙂