Photographing Star Trails over Havre De Grace, Maryland

It took 3 hours, and I ruined pretty much 300+ photos from some of the time-lapses due to high ISO noise settings on the camera. Can’t complain, I am learning to shoot the star trails in a hard way.

It was another cold and miserable night, where I was all alone photographing from a boardwalk near the Concord Point Light House. The occasional dog walkers also started disappearing after dark. Even though I wanted to get these photographs at any cost, and I knew these time lapses are going to take good amount of time, I wasn’t so far from being agitated with the fear of loneliness, darkness and unfamiliar surroundings. Every time someone wearing a hoodie, walking in my direction, a deep sense of panic was all around the air.

In between the time lapse shoots, I met a nice guy who is on a sailing trip across the east cost ports on his motor boat. I hardly remember his name now, but he and his nice dog gave me good company for quite some time while I waited on camera to finish these time lapse sequences. He passionately talked about his old minolta 50 mm along with his love for photography and even a little bit of current politics. That conversation turned out to be surprisingly comforting. I managed to keep my internal daemons chained for a while, and managed to hurry up on grabbing more photos amidst of all the conversational distractions.

It was quite a bit of work to clean up the trails of light from flights in these photographs during post processing, and you will realize how crazy our skies are polluted with lights from artificial sources. One another reason why we are are not able to see the milky way above us! Thin and light air of the winter sky might have also helped in better view of the stars.

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Beautiful sunrise at Assateague Island Seashore

Here are few photos from my trip to Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland during March. It was really cold outside, and I decided to try star photography by heading towards the Island around 3.00 in the morning. This is one of the places in east coast of US which is away from city lights where you can sometimes watch the even watch Milky Way rising. There was bit of moon still hanging around the night reducing the shininess of the stars, but I still decided to give star photography a try and possibly hang around the Island for finding some sunrise photographs. Even though the stars where feeble due to moonlight, I was able to witness a beautiful sunrise with exploding colors over the high clouds.

An attempt to shoot star trails at Assateague Island National seashore

My first attempt to shoot the star trails, over the Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland. Hoped for a better starry night, but clouds and the moonlight pretty much ruined it though.

Since those stars weren’t that shiny, I just waited for another hour in the freezing cold for the dawn. When the first light of morning rays showed it was beautiful with vibrant colors.

Took another shot from the same location, but with even better vibrant tones exploding over the high clouds and it’s reflections over water.

While I stayed for few more minutes to watch the free roaming wild horses over the island, just realized I was hearing their noises all over the night accompanying my photography experiments.


Finally…! heading out for some sunshine …

It’s been a while I have gone out wandering for good compositions and light, and proving myself I am learning photography in the right spirit. For a couple of months most of the photography learning was just around sitting on the couch and watching YouTube videos… I had this dilemma to go out and try something practically and however the cold weather wasn’t co-operating much. Finally I did find a bit of time today and decided to break my daily routine to find some place nearby to get some fresh air and if possible a decent shot.

Finally I decided to head to photograph the old sycamore tree near the old Wetherill Barn at Pawling which I came across while wandering in google map for interesting locations nearby.

This one can be called as one of the totally unplanned and underprepared shot of the day, as the sun was almost about to hide behind the horizon line and I was just walking into the scene. There were a lot of low clouds ready to block the sunlight soon enough. With a bit of challenge to shoot against the sun, all my options were just limited to place the sun inside the frame in a way that it is masked partially behind the curling branch of the sycamore tree. Tree was fantastic, and had its branches twisted in all directions creating a different dimension leading the eyes to the old house. Talking to someone who was dog-walking on the trail, I learned the tree in my frame above is a 250+ year old sycamore tree and has a bit of history connected with it. With the chaos created by all the branches and fairly busy twigs from all the trees around, it is no grand vista to be in a portfolio. I would rather call it a sensible try to get outside and do some photography along the trail walk after a while. 

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