Dark sky photography is a fascinating challenge for me.
One important factor is that the night before the full moon, and the night of the full moon, the sun sets right about the same time….so it provides some light, and maybe some color, for the landscape.
Shooting pictures of stars…and the ultimate: the Milky Way…requires one major thing that is harder to find than you think. Darkness.
I mean really, really dark skies. Even a city 50 miles away can produce so much ambient light that it blows a great Milky Way shot.
But the moon is also a torch in the sky that will prevent a decent Milky Way photo.
Life is full of compromises, and so are many of my daily shoots. I can’t bring the family 70 miles from the coach just any old time of day or night, nor can they just sit in the car in the dark for hours while I wait for exactly the right circumstance to trigger the shutter.
But Robyn is always up for a good adventure, and Ross & Ryan are more cooperative about getting up in the middle of the night once in a while than you’d expect!
So when I wanted to get a Milky Way photo above the Teton mountains, and suggested we get up at 2 am and make the 90-minute drive to the park, they were all agreeable!