As it happens every month, we just had a full moon rise the other night. I love the idea of a full moon, not so much to shoot the moon but more to have the landscape lit up by the full moon even after midnight.
I recently when out to spend a night amongst some old friends, the Joshua Trees. I wanted to share a few star trails that I made and in my next post, I will share the 4 time lapses that I also created. It was so nice to have the desert to myself, not any distractions with the exception of the busy skyways we have here in Arizona. There are planes flying by at all times of the night. On this trip, the diffused blue sky had a few whispers of clouds run through a few times during the time that we had before the approaching sunrise would take away the night’s take. I had my buddy Jim Taylor come along on this quick road trip. There aren’t many people who enjoy the starry sky more than Jim does. It was great to spend time with him. Jim likes alternative photographic processes and formats. Tonight he chose to bring his Horseman sw612pro pano camera loaded with a roll of Kodak 400 speed color negative film. We set up the tripods, broke out the chairs and opened up those shutters.
Here is a little taste of what I shot over those eight hours of being under the full moon light.
I am just putting the finishing touches on my workshop in “Photographing the Night Sky” in August! Keep an eye out for the announcement.
Ken Sklute has been honored as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only 60 top photographers worldwide. Ken has enjoyed a diverse career photographing landscapes, professional sports, and people.
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