Thursday night members of the future ISU Photo Society went out with me to the Snake River near Pingree, Idaho for some astrolandscape photography. The evening was clear and cold (dropped to about 25F), with a great view of the Milky Way. Fortunately, there were a number of meteorites throughout the evening. Several show up in my stacked star trails shot. Other fun happened with there was an unexpected “fire dance”, as I call them. Jake and Dakota had brought along some steel wool and a wire whisk on a lanyard. Once they had it lit and spinning the sparks were really flying! It made a great addition to beauty and solitude of the evening. All total, we had 8 students participate, ranging from beginning to graduated. Enjoy the show!
Meteorite passes by in front of Milky Way on the Snake River. Looking towards American Falls, Idaho.
Saturday night I went up to Crystal Summit, overlooking Arbon Valley, with some of my students (Alyssa, Jacob, and Mikah). Pleasant evening with clear skies, crisp temperatures, coyotes yapping, and a nearly full-moon. Although the moon made for a bright sky and landscape, I still managed to capture some of the Milky Way. The great thing about this time of year is that it doesn’t take long for the sky to get dark. We did see a few meteorites from the Orionid Meteor shower. Here’s a few shots.
Alyssa (L) and Mikah (R) at Crystal Summit while shooting star trails. Six shots at 2 minutes each, f2.8, ISO 100.
Jake on left and Mikah sitting with 2 cameras.
Jake (l) helping Alyssa and Mikah (R) working two cameras while two airplanes fly over Arbon Valley.
November’s new moon proved to be an exceedingly dark night! On Saturday (Nov. 18), myself and Dr. Rob Edsall met up with six of my photo students at Craters of the Moon National Monument. The monument also happens to be designated an International Dark Sky Park, which means the night sky gets down-right dark! We set up our gear, including Dr. Edsall’s 10-inch reflector telescope, just before sunset and we worked until about 9pm. At that point the temperature dropped to about 18F (about -8C)….our gear was starting to ice-up. So, we fired up the camp stove and had some hot chocolate! In the gallery below, you will find some of my shots and a few from students. Enjoy!
Star trails at Craters of the Moon National Monument and International Dark Sky Park.
This past weekend some of the Photo Comm students went with me out to Chesterfield Reservoir to work on night photography. We had clear skies with half a moon. That was good and bad at the same time. Good in that it lit up the landscape, bad in that it obstructed a pure view of the Milky Way galaxy. On the other hand, we did see several satellites overhead and two really nice meteors. Unfortunately during my startrail exposures, I had a malfunction with my intervalometer…operator error! That’s why there’s gaps in the trails. Students brave enough to sit in the cold were Mikah, Diana, Dakota, and Jake. After a few hours of cold and chasing away wandering cattle, I broke-out the camp stove and made us some hot chocolate. Overall, I thought it was a fun evening!