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Lake Night (with Sagittarius)

We spent three nights at an excellent VRBO just across the street from Sanders Beach. The Patient Spouse went scuba diving in the lake one morning and the next evening I made some night photos. I was a little hampered by the exceedingly bright almost-full moon, but I was able to capture Sagittarius and just the tiniest hint of the Milky Way.

Sanders Beach
Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
photographed 8.31.2020

Busy Sky

Well, here’s my obligatory comet photo.

And there are some other things going on here, too. First of all, this is the same tree from Half Dead back in 2018. And the lights on the horizon in the center of the photo are from the town of Smyer; the lights further to the left are Levelland. The pink in the low clouds is from distant lightning. And there is a plane, of course, flying below NEOWISE; further down from the plane you can see the trail of a satellite.

The sky was busy that night.

Mallard Road at FM 1585
Hockley County, Texas
photographed 7.17.2020

Left like a shadow on the step

I had plans for shooting this place at night: there would be clouds moving past that I could capture with a long exposure, or maybe the sky would be clear and I could get stars, and the buildings would be dark, lit by only by light accumulating gradually on the camera’s sensor.

Of course – I’m sure you are way ahead of me here – none of those things came to pass. Although it was cloudy through the day, by late afternoon, the clouds had moved on. The building had not one but two giant floodlights on it, which derailed the accumulated-slowly-over-time light inside the camera and made the stars unseeable.

But I had come all this way and had committed to staying the night alone inside the walls of the old fort, so I set up the tripod and camera and set to work.

Presidio la Bahía
Goliad, Texas
photographed 5.6.2019

Week of Randomness: After Hours

A misty night and closed-for-the-night shops combined in a way that caught my attention.

And you know for sure that I liked it better this way than if it had been full of people cluttering up the place!

Los Angeles, California
photographed 2.18.2017

All the lights were on

Down the block, all the lights were on at the construction site. I don’t know why they are always on all night, but I assume it’s to give photographers a nice thing to shoot at night. I can’t imagine that there would be another reason…

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 3.20.2018

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