My name is Rob, and I make the most of it. Sometimes people give me good ideas that turn out to bad ideas that I turn into good ideas.
A few weeks ago, I saw someone post in a local photography group about going to shoot star trails that particular evening, which I've dabbled in before. After doing a little bit of research, it seemed like the perfect night - clear, no moon, cold weather, and low humidity. I even had a location that I thought would be suitable.
I headed out around 11:00 p.m., picking up my buddy Mike to keep me company.
We arrived at Ditto Landing to find a sign that says the place is closed at sun down, and that campers and boaters should check in with the security desk. Security desk, eh? I decided to be responsible and seek out the security guard to explain what I was doing there.
Driving directly to my destination, and not spotting a security hut, I decided I didn't really need to be responsible after all.
Upon exiting the vehicle, Mike and I both look up into the night sky and see something completely unexpected.
Clouds. A sky full of clouds.
Shit. What am I gonna do now? I can't shoot star trails like this.
After a brief discussion about trespassing, and getting arrested, and not being able to get the shot I was after, we decided to set up shop and take pictures
I found my composition, and set the exposure just so. I then locked in my remote shutter release to keep snapping away until I told it to stop.
I wasn't sure what I was going to do with all these pictures, exactly, but that's what I had set out to do initially and I was sure I'd come up with something once I get them unloaded onto my desktop.
The next 45 minutes or so were spent chatting, and watching YouTube videos on my phone, and bitching about how chilly it was outside.
Mike and I decided to pack it in right around 1:30 a.m. Examining the shots that were captured in a rather rapid fashion, it became immediately obvious what should be done with them.
I've always kinda wanted to do one, and now that I have one under my belt, I can't wait to have another opportunity.