If you have followed me for any period of time, you know that I enjoy nighttime photography. I didn’t go into this venture even considering night shots, until I took my first venture into downtown Houston one night several years ago. The highest I pointed the camera upward was for a high-rise office building.
Last weekend, some friends and I ventured out into the country, west of Houston, on a perfect night to try our hands at some star photography. It was my first time to try astrophotography and it proved fun and challenging at the same time. The night was perfect; no moon, clear skies and a slight chill to keep the humidity down. It was about as good as we could get in this part of the state. I would love to see what it might look like somewhere out west or up in the rockies.
This is one area of photography where a newer camera with a more sensitive image sensor is a huge advantage. The techniques used to shoot the images and those use to later process the photos are unique from anything else I’ve tried.
Though I’m pleased with the result, I still have more to learn and more to practice. But that’s okay. The opportunity of learning new skills is one of the great things that makes this passion of photography so exciting.