A shot from my stellar misadventure
It is 11.30 PM , minus 3 degrees C, and I am driving to a secluded patch in the middle of the woods in search of dark dark skies . Freezing night, pitch dark, wind, woods, a foreign country, and a camera system equal to a Mercedes.
I setup my camera; consider the foreground; dial in the settings with great calculations and accuracy. I Press the shutter and wait for a 15 second exposure plus a 15 second noise cancelling routine.
In half a minute the camera back lights up. Showing nothing. Baffled, I increase the exposure to 2 minutes. 4 minutes later the camera still shows nothing.
I decide to point to a different direction and as my hand swings to the front of the camera, I discover the lens cap still firmly on the lens.
But that is not why I don’t shoot the stars.
Many wonderful images have been shot of the heavens from just about everywhere on the earth. But, the cosmic backdrop remains pretty much the same in all of them. There is, to my mind, not a new interpretation that I can find in stars that someone has not already shot.
When I see a picture worth shooting, I ask myself if I have already seen this picture somewhere. And if the answer is yes, I don’t make that picture again.
And that is why I don’t shoot the stars.
Even in very shot locations one can always find new ways to make a picture. My pictures of the Yosemite falls, titled ‘Solitude’, and the ‘Burnt Pier’ in Brighton, UK, shown below, are two such attempts. I hope successful. Trying to find new angles, new interpretations keeps the brain working and producing fresh images.
I should very much like to know what you think of having a different perspective, or which often shot place you would want shot differently. Please do write your thoughts to me by clicking here.