So the next evening I went back out and set up my camera to run continuously at a 30 second exposure and I climbed to the top of Castle Rock, stood on the very lip, raised my hands and stayed still for each exposure.
On a few, I propped up a flashlight to backlight myself, and got this image, which I really like.
I was starting to get a little disoriented standing there on the edge of Castle Rock staring into the dark with my hands over my head, trying to stay perfectly still. I remember thinking to myself – it is really going to hurt if I pass out and fall off of this rock.
Backlit man on Castle Rock with night sky and stars, Vermejo Park Ranch, New Mexico, USA. Canon 1Dx. 16mm. ISO 4000. 30 sec. at f/2.8.
Night Photography Resources
Lightstalking provides an excellent resource titled How to Master Night Sky Photography with lots of helpful tips and links.
Night Photography Workshops
Several of my photo workshops feature night photography. Contact me if you are interested and I can provide more information.