This week's photo features an amazing starry sky and . . . well . . . me. Yes! I usually don't include me in the photos of the week, but this photo is amazing, at least in my humble opinion.
The back story; the photo was taken by my youngest (youngest being relative, it would take me a whole page or more to list his life, travel and photo experiences) former brother-in-law. I've known Don Stephanian since he was 10 years old. He's now - well, under 50. That means a lot of years have passed.
Don and his pretty as a picture (and Don takes pretty pictures) wife, Michelle, and my niece, Sydney, and nephew, Garrett, hosted me at their home for a few days a week or so ago. I had a wonderful time with them all.
One night, Don said, let's go out and shoot some night photography. Wow! What a neat invitation. I've admired Don's photos from around the world for years. I'd rank Don's photo's with the best National Geographic photos. Don is probably blushing right now, but it's true and I've been in the media business for a lot of years.
So, off we went to an abandoned excavation site in a section of Issaquah, Washington where there was both some extremely dark sky and some light in one direction from an area that had been developed. Very little of the light influenced the dark sky we were focusing on.
This was a great chance for me to experiment with my simple (by today's standards) Samsung point and shoot camera. Don gave me some hints on how to capture some interesting time exposures with my little camera using the manual settings. Now, I wouldn't compare my photos with anything Don shot and I certainly wouldn't begin to compare them to anything even approaching professional.
While I was experimenting, learning and playing, Don selected me as a subject with the Starry, Starry Sky behind me as a backdrop. Now, I'll be honest, I couldn't see even 1% of the stars in this photo with my naked eye. Don's expertise and knowledge of his camera was able to capture this photo and when I saw that backdrop I was blown away. There was no lighting used for this photo. It was shot strictly with existing light and the correct lens aperture and time exposure. Yes! I knew he was taking the photo because I had to stand perfectly still during the several seconds of the time exposure. Don passed the photos by me on the LCD screen on the back of his camera. I couldn't see the starry blanket even on his camera.
But, when he sent me this, it blew me away. So, you're getting the first exposure (no pun intended) of what is going to become my new profile picture on my various sites. Your comments are solicited.