• Long exposure

    The stars are within reach (but you’ll need a long exposure and high ISO)

      You see them all over the internet: Amazing photos of the heavens above us filled with stars and galaxies and nebulas. You probably think that capturing photos of the universe isn’t possible for use here in the DC area. We’re in one of the most light-polluted areas in the world, but still, the wonders of the universe are open to us all to capture if you know where to look and how to photograph that magical starlight. Every one of those magnificent photos of a nebular, our Milky Way, or a planet in our solar system are actually light photons that have travelled hundreds and thousands of years from…

  • Dispatches,  Featured

    Dispatches: Just follow the Northern Lights to Alaska

      when one thinks of places to visit during the cold DC winter, Alaska is likely one of the last choices you would make. Heck, through January this year, the DC area had more snow than Anchorage, Alaska (as measured at Dulles International and Anchorage International, respectively). And what is there to see in Alaska in the winter months besides short days, long dark nights, and lots of ice and snow? Well, for one, and the ultimate goal of the trip I took, the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. Beyond the wonder of the aurora though, there is something special about Alaska during the winter, especially for a photographer.…