Seize the Night Part 1

Just got back from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography class at Crater Lake.

Milky Way at Crater Lake Park HQ

Milky Way at Crater Lake Park HQ

I took this picture with a Nikon D810A, the astronomical version of the D810. It’s tuned for night photography work and has a slightly different filter in front of sensor. So if it looks like we have more deep reds, the filter allows more light from the Hydrogen Alpha spectrum. It felt like it had about one stop better ISO performance than my D810 which was the real reason I rented it.
We had been photographing star trails over Crater Lake, and as many people say, once you’re done with your first picture, look behind you to see what else you’re missing.
One of our instructors, Gabriel Biderman, was lamenting that now that more people are using led lights, the night photography scene was getting less interesting. So I liked the interplay of the milky way, with the spill of the light from the park building. Our other instructor, Matt Hill, converts most of his night shots to black and white, so he likes the purity of the new LED lights for his black and white work.

Both Gabe and Matt are part of a venture, National Parks at Night. In this case they were offering this class in conjunction with RMSP.  One thing about National Parks at Night is that they will only offer one class at each park.

If you want to learn night photography, these guys are some of the best instructors teaching night photography.  I suspect that they must have had the motto, leave no one behind.  For the folks in the class who had never done this before, they spent the time to make sure everyone got what they needed.

And the spoken motto was Carpe Crater!  Or seize the crater.

Gabe’s phase he keeps saying is Carpe Nostrum, or Seize the Night!