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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.