Starry night Part 2

On the second night out at Lake Nockamixon, I went out much later due to issues with passing air traffic. I waited until after midnight and then proceeded back to the same spot I was at the night before. It was pretty lonely the first night, but on the second night at this late hour, there was absolutely not a soul around. The owls and ducks were the only thing breaking the crisp silence in the air. Just as expected, I didn’t have any issues with light trails from passing aircraft. I have posted a shot from the first night with the aircraft traffic in the image for comparison.
For this shot I used a 24 mm lens and exposed 40 frames at 30 seconds each and used Photoshop to create the star trails, each image being on a separate layer  (the first shot I used a 16mm). This is the same as taking a 30-40 min exposure but without all the noise from the sensor heating up during long exposures. The moon was so bright, it lit up the landscape like it was daytime. It was a great night, and I learned a few things trying this technique which I will use during the next attempt. Hope you enjoy…

Star trails over Lake Nockamixon - Nockamixon State Park, PA © Rob Loughrey


Starry Night

This past weekend I visited my family in PA for the holiday. I spent two nights at Lake Nockamixon State Park which is only a short drive from where I grew up. The sky was clear all night with a full moon illuminating the landscape. It was a little strange being out there all alone for several hours, with only a few ducks and an owl or two making any noise. The first night I was out from 9pm until midnight but wasn’t happy with the results of my star trail composites as there were numerous light trails from passing planes. I make the composites by taking several 20-30 sec exposures, one right after the other and then combine them in Photoshop to create the same effect as when you leave your shutter open for a long period of time to record the earths rotation.
Since the conditions were right for the blended exposures, I took several different individual shots. On the first night, there was a fisherman there late with me, trying his luck with the full moon light. I composed the shot to show him with his light torch on his head, his pickup truck and the clear skies above. The sun had just set about 2 hours prior to me setting up for the shot.  As you can see, the full moon washes out a good deal of the stars normally visible on a dark night. This makes it a little easier to discern the constellations. Notice the constellation Orion just to the right and above the fishermans pickup truck. Shortly after this, a group of about 30 people that were out for a night time stroll from the nearby campsites converged on the area to get a glimpse of the lake at night. This is a single exposure for 25 seconds at iso 400.

Star filled sky over Lake Nockamixon - Nockamixon State Park, PA © Rob Loughrey

For the few of you…

For the few of you who are missing winter – wishing we had more snow… A shot from this past winter…the little bit of snow that we did get.
Fog rolling through the farm lands of Anne Arundel County, MD.

Filmore Glen State Park

Another shot from my Fall 2011 trip to Filmore Glen State Park near Moravia, NY. I didn’t even get a chance to see the entire park and make it to the main waterfall during my visit. Mainly because I spent too much time at the first falls. We plan to be back this coming fall to visit our friends, so I will be making another trip to the park again. Taken with my Singh Ray LB Color Combo Filter.

Filmore Glen State Park, Moravia NY

West Virginia Falls

One of my favorite haunts when traveling to WV. Each time I travel to the area of Davis, I visit this falls in the neighboring town of Douglas. It is quite an adventure to get to but always worth it. The falls is about 25-30′ tall and always has a good flow, even when there has been low rainfalls.
This one is taken a bit downstream late this past fall. Taken with a Singh-Ray LB Color Combo Polarizing Filter.

Douglas Falls - Tucker County, WV  © Rob Loughrey

Amazing winter color

I have quite a few photos on my computer that I haven’t done anything with. In trying to post more often, I started to process a few of these. The most painstaking thing is getting rid of the dust spots. Apparently I need to clean my sensor badly.
I did minimal other work to this photo. Just adjusted the brightness a bit down to underexpose the photo and produce a good silhouette, along with a minor crop of the image.


Winter Sunrise - Gambrills, MD


Forest walk – Moravia, NY

Had a recent trip to visit friends in NY, just south of Syracuse. We took a day and went to Filmore Glen State Park. Very nice park with a good size stream and waterfalls. Most of the leaves had changed and were more than half way through falling. I’m sure it is a great area during peak colors. I ended up spending so much time shooting the first falls that I never made it all the way through the rest of the park. I will have to capture the rest on a return trip in the springtime. For the time being, here is a shot of the stream at the crest of the lower falls.