Every Now and Then You Will Be Rewarded

Until one Saturday last month, July 26, 2014 to be exact, I had never attempted to photograph the Milky Way. I have seen some great photos online but I had never gone out and figured it out for myself. I had been thinking about getting out and photographing the Milky Way for some time. I did some research on what other photographers had done so I was ready to get out and give it a try. I figured I would set it up as a Meetup for the Night and Low Light Photography Group. As the day got closer the weather reports called for…

Meteor Shower or Meteor Storm?

Tomorrow evening a meteor shower is predicted. That’s Friday May 23, 2014 for those who may read this years from now (I can dream can’t I?). The meteor shower might be so intense that it could be a meteor storm, whatever that is, but no one knows for sure. I’ve seen the odd shooting star but I have never seen a meteor shower. Well, in reality I have been out watching for a meteor shower but not much happened. Only a few brief streaks across the sky and nothing more. People have been asking how to make images of tomorrow’s event. Well here…

Cyber Attacks and Other Mayhem

I guess it was bound to happen. Last evening I received an email from Google saying that I had Malware on RealityDefined.com the website where I show most of my work (as I am writing this, Google has not yet lifted the warning). It seem that someone got into the site and on Sept 23, 2013 added Malware in the form of Java Script. I have been thinking about updating the site for a while so I guess this is as good a time as ever! All the Malware has been removed and I am waiting for Google to remove the warnings:…

I have my tripod but…

Have you ever gone out to make some images and were sure you had your tripod with you? Because you knew you were going to need it and you knew your efforts would not be very successful if you didn’t have it. Then you get to the location only to find you don’t have the mounting plate with you? I have to admit that I did this. Yep, I left the quick release mounting plate for my tripod at home! It is bad enough not bring your tripod but it is really frustrating to have a tripod that you just…

Prefocus for Astrophotography

Yesterday I found a blog post on PhotographyBlogger.net by Luis Argerich titled How to Photograph the Milky Way. I posted a link to the article on the Night & Low Light Facebook page and also shared it with the Create Photographics Facebook page (for full disclosure, I’m an admin on both Facebook pages). One of the comments was about how the camera had trouble finding something to focus on. Luis responded with nice tip about using Live View to zoom in and check on the focus. What do you do if you don’t have Live View or if you are…

Wilson Bridge at Night

Recently, as the organizer of the Night and Low Light Photography Group I went to Alexandria to photograph the Woodrow Wilson Bridge with several members of the group. This was the first time that I have gone to photograph the bridge since the new bridge was completed. I have driven across it several times and I think it’s a great looking bridge, not as nice as some, but a lot nicer than what was there. I plan on going back and photographing the bridge again and again. There are a lot of great angles and views to explore from both…

15 tips for Creating Star Trails:

Using a tripod or some other way of mounting your camera to keep it absolutely still is a must for creating star trails. Also, be sure you bring the quick release mounting plate, if your tripod requires one, with you and your tripod to the location. I left the mounting plate at home once, while the tripod was in the back of the car. Since then I carry a spare mounting plate in my camera bag. Bring a flashlight (aka torch), cell phone, something, anything that emits a good amount of light. You will want to look around on the…