Thursday, September 16, 2010

The view from the wee hours

So, if you were to wake up at 4:00 in the morning and not be able to go back to sleep, what would you do?

Me, I make a pot of coffee, go out and unscrew the bulbs in the neighborhood street lights, and sit in the driveway taking pictures of the stars. I knew the moon was setting last night around midnight, so the skies were about as dark as they ever get around a town.

There really are gajillions of stars up there. The camera can pick up so many more than my eyes could see. This exposure was so long that the stars blurred a bit, but this gave the best idea of the incredible numbers.

To see the detail of a picture, double-click on it.

I like having a bit of horizon in the photos. Gives it some perspective.

And my favorite for the morning.

The bummer is that when I pulled the pictures off the camera to look at them on my PC, I had an idea of how I could have shot them better. I threw the camera back on the tripod and went back out, only to find that the very, very first light of the morning had washed away a lot of the stars. The sun is still an hour from coming up, but it sure doesn't take much light to make the dimmer stars fade out of sight.
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