Category Archives: Astrophotography

Balanced Rock at Night, Part 2




In Part 1 (“Balanced Rock at Night, Part 1”), I featured the transition from daylight to night skies. In today’s post, I feature a few of the images I captured late in the evening in the Balanced Rock area of Arches National Park. Once the sun sets and the night skies appear, you can find […]

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Balanced Rock at Night, Part 1




In Part 1 of this 2 part post, I’m featuring some of the early evening night images that I captured at Balanced Rock, in Arches NP (Utah). In the previous post (“A Bit Tipsy”), I featured a few images leading up to sunset. Once the sun fell below the western horizon, and the skies began […]

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New Moon Over Cass County




Last Friday evening saw a “new moon” (essentially no moon to be seen by the naked eye), so I packed up my night photography gear and headed to a farm field near my rural Missouri home. I had eyed the lone, tall silo on the farmland for a long time. Just a few days earlier, […]

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Confused: Night or Day?




After shooting the awesome sunrise I featured in yesterday’s post (“What A Way To Wake Up!”), I hiked around the prairie and photographed other wildflowers and insects. When I came to a large patch of Helianthus sunflowers, I looked up and saw the moon peaking over the wonderful cluster of sunflowers. It was a bit […]

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Fun Friday: ‘The Outburst’




While preparing for my next art show (early October in Lee’s Summit, MO … more info to follow), I began playing with my images I captured of the Perseids meteor shower this past August in the Badlands NP. With the large moon, meteors did not show up nearly as well as when the moon is […]

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Star Trails Over the Badlands




In yesterday’s post, I featured a few of my favorite images of star points (stars in sharp focus) and some of the Perseid meteors. In today’s post, I’m featuring a couple of star trails I captured over time, one evening while photographing the Perseid meteors. Capturing multiple, long exposure images, I later combined them using […]

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Perseids Over the Badlands




I’ve finally got through all my recent Perseids meteor shower images I captured in early August as they fell over the Badlands NP in South Dakota. As you view these images, please note that the rock formations in these are all illuminated by the larger-than-preferred moonlight falling over the landscape (the moon was at ~80% […]

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Starry, Starry Nights




Interested in learning how to photograph our heavens above us, at night? I’ll be teaching a one-night photography class, “Shooting the Night Sky”, next Tuesday evening April 26, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Cass Career Center in Harrisonville, Missouri. This is a small class and plenty of room for a few more attendees. We’ll […]

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2015 Faves, Part 1




In the next few posts, I’ll share my favorite outings, trips and images that I captured in 2015. I will not rank them, as pulling a few “best” images out of thousands I captured this year is a difficult task alone; ranking them would probably be next to impossible! But one trip did stand out […]

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Close Encounters of the Venus Kind




Did anyone get out early yesterday morning to view the “occultation” of the planet Venus with our moon? I set my alarm extra early and headed out to a local Conservation Area, where I had a large prairie in front of me and plenty of open space to view/photograph this event. However, I didn’t prepare […]

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