Cold Nights With a Camera

I love taking photos of the stars. As a landscape photographer, I love places that don’t have a lot of people. With that being said, there’s not many places these days that people haven’t discovered and aren’t swarming to visit. The best solution for a lack of solitude is to go, not to places, but at times when nobody is around. The best time for this is at  night.

The image below is a self portrait I decided to take after I had spent over an hour and a half taking photos for a star trail image. By the time I was gearing up to take this photo, I was so cold I had lost feeling in my fingers and toes.


The reason I’m bringing this up is because when I was standing there, clicking the shutter button over and over, I had an unbelievable view of the stars. It felt surreal. I mean, I’ve seen some incredible night skies before when I was somewhere in the Nevada desert driving from Boulder to San Diego but I never get tired of it. If you haven’t seen a clear night sky filled with stars, I highly suggest it. It’s mesmerizing. I’ve spent countless hours trying to capture on my camera and post-process accurate depictions of what it’s like to stare up at a sky like this, and I have failed every time. The fact of the matter is, I will always fail and any photographer before and after me has and always will fail. There’s just nothing like the real thing. For now, I’ll just sit indoors and count down the days to warmer weather so I can go shoot the night sky again.


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