I few years back I hiked to the South Rim of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park and set up camp to spend the night. It is one of my favorite hikes, and a night-time stroll along the canyon rim is one of life’s simple pleasures.

I wanted to capture the feeling of staring up into the beautiful, Big Bend night sky so I walked along the rim, looking for things to silhouette. I finally found a pinyon pine on the canyon’s edge and placed my camera on the ground looking straight up from the base of the tree.

I like to approach photography that way. I ask myself “what am I feeling”? Then I work on translating that feeling into an image. That approach may not work for everyone, but it always gives me a little bit of a goal when I am out in the field.

View from South Rim

Pinyon pine tree and stars on South Rim of Chisos Mountains into Mexico, Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA. Canon 1Ds. Mark III. 18mm. ISO 400. f/3.5 @ 30 seconds.

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.

Night Photography Posts

Check out some of my other blog posts about photographing at night.