22 January 2010

night shoot

still trying unsuccessfully to photograph the night sky. clear nights like this one are perfect for star-gazing, but even using the timer tonight did not ensure a good photo. this is orion's belt, part of the constellation orion, which is high in the sky in winter in the north. the belt is an asterism, or a well-known cluster of stars, easily recognized as part of the constellation.

i would dearly love to photograph the big dipper, standing on end these winter months, but it's located in the sky directly above a neighbor's brightly illuminated barn so it's just not dark enough in that direction. light filters into my yard as well, ample enough to capture the frozen photographer and her tripod, shadowed on the january snow, which glitters like the stars above.

11 comments:

susan t. landry said...

i love the pic of the frozen photographer...it tells a story.

chris said...

thanks susan! i was surprised to see the glittering snow in the downloaded picture. i'm thinking i might use it as my blogger picture!

Renea said...

Very good photo's...Must say, could use some advice.

chris said...

renea:

i love the stream on your blog! my advice is to put your camera on auto focus and take pictures of everything that looks beautiful or interesting! thanks for the visit and the comment!

chris

Kirsten said...

This is really cool.

www.photography-kirsten.blogspot.com

chris said...

kirsten: high praise coming from a photographer such as yourself. love your black & white, point & shoot shots!
chris

Pam Hollinshead said...

Hello from a cold and frosty UK. Just found your blog Chris, and your pictures - brilliant. When you've sussed how to take Orion et al, please let me know, it's my dream too.

CrazyCris said...

wish I could see the belt as clearly as that over here! my neighbourhood used to be quite empty... as in very few houses, appartments etc. In the past 15 years it's been a real estate boom and I can tell impact it's had on light pollution just from how much harder it's gotten to see the stars at night. winter's better, but sill not up to snuff. sniff!

lol! my word verification thingy is "wifigram", is that like a telegram via WiFi? :p

Izizou said...

hi. really like the frozen image. if your interested in shooting the stars...orion etc... i saw a program on discovery where your camera is on a lever which moves according to the movement of the earth therefore the stars stay fixed in your image. they used the clock to figure out the time and movement of this gizmo... good luck!!!

Nufurian said...

great shots, night skies are hard to capture. Yours look great

dolly said...

hi i am from Philippines..i love this picture of the night sky and the other one with a photographer. You know at first sight it seems it has a meaning that u need to know...i love watching the sky when it is clear and full of shining stars..Hope u still share some of it especially focusing on the famous stars or with the constellation. Your good in photography coz its hard to capture it...