I camped one night last week in the shadows of the Chisos Mountains, and before I went to sleep I decided to pull out my camera and take a few pictures of the road running past my camp site. I set my camera up on a tripod with a 30 second exposure, pointed the camera at the Chisos Mountains, triggered the camera and then drove my truck through the frame with just the tail-lights on to get a red streak through the image. I taped up two LED lights (with warming gels) to one side of my truck to light up the right side of the frame and popped my headlights on and off briefly to light up the rest of the foreground.

After 4 or 5 tries and a few tweaks, I looked at the back of the camera and then crawled into my sleeping bag wearing a big happy smile.

Night Sky and Stars Over the Chisos Mountains

Vehicle tail-lights with night sky and stars over the Chisos Mountains from Pine Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA. Canon 1Dx. 31mm. ISO 3200. f/4.5 @ 30 seconds. Flashlights and tail lights for foreground light.

Night Photography Resources

Lightstalking provides an excellent resource titled How to Master Night Sky Photography with lots of helpful tips and links.

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Night Photography Posts

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