Links: Creatures of the night

A few weeks ago I wrote about getting night shots at Gerle Creek in the Eldorado National Forest. There’s just something about the appeal of a picture taken after the sun goes down. From The twinkling of the stars against the black sky to the subdued lighting of that can subtly illuminate the ground, night photos can hold a beauty and mystery all their own.

Here are a few links to stories about night photography.

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Square one
A good place to start is the Night Photography Blog by Andy Frazer. Frazer doesn’t really talk much about the technical aspects of shooting at night but features others’ works (as well as his own).

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Northern exposure
The Luminous Landscape site features a nice article by Mark Dubovoy on the aurora borealis . He explains what it is, where it can be found, and how to shoot it. If you’re ever in the far reaches of the northern hemisphere, he provides some great information on shooting the Northern Lights.

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Biding their time

Night photography requires a tripod and long exposures that can be measured in seconds, minutes, even hours. But here are a couple examples of some really long exposures. Due to their minuscule apertures, pinhole cameras require long exposures even in daytime.

Posted on comes an item about two really long exposures. Justin Quinnell used a pinhole camera to take an incredible 6-month long shot of the Clifton Bridge in Bristol, England. You’d think that would be the all-time record but the longest exposure goes to German photographer Michael Wesely who also used a pinhole camera to photograph the renovation of Museum of Modern Art in New York in a single exposure over a whopping 34 months from 2001 to 2004!

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Around the world
I’m always looking for a different angle or vantage point from which to take a picture to give it a new and fresh look. NASA astronaut Don Petit has made videos through time lapse photography of the Earth while on a mission on the International Space Station (ISS).

Cruising at 17,239 miles per hour – that’s 7.7 kilometers per second, or 4.7 miles per second – the ISS streaks across the sky and Petit captured incredible time exposures of city lights and the aurora borealis at night.

Up telescope!

Camera phones are convenient and handy, but providing a quality telephoto shot isn’t their forte. Here’s a simple do-it-yourself procedure on how to get a nice tight shot of the moon using an iPhone 4 and a telescope (it’s from the Japanese blog Jurilog, so the translation isn’t quite 100%).

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Somewhere over the moonbow

A moonbow is a relatively rare phenomenon. Like a rainbow, it’s created by light refracting off droplets of moisture in the atmosphere. Unlike a rainbow, a it’s made with the light from the moon. Photographer Wally Pacholka of has a great photo of a moonbow rising over Haleakala Crater in Hawaii. It’s fascinating to see a field of stars rising above the colored arc.

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Beauty of the night

Finally, Henry JunWah Lee is a Physician of Chinese Medicine, international human rights advocate, and technology consultant. He’s also a great amateur photographer. He has several videos on Vimeo of time-lapse night photography that make for great viewing of the beautiful night sky in motion.

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