When I started taking photography seriously I shot, almost exclusively, night-time landscapes. Believe it or not, I actually learnt around Washington D.C. — back in 2002 I could be found tramping around the US capital at two in the morning trying to catch the perfect photo. I took a killer photo of the Watergate complex — one of my favourites of all time! — but about 3 years ago I lost it. My hard disk died. Sucks.
But anyway, for about 2 years I took lots and lots of at-night landscapes. Some industrial (check this one from university), some urban, but mostly very-long-exposure shots of trees and fields to bring out the stars, or give the clouds a dreamy, smooth appearance. And then one day… I stopped!
And then last night, after 5 years… I started again, afresh! You can see the results below. A little note: I’m not going to give away all the secrets, but the colours in the photos are ‘true’. When you play with long exposures you can achieve some pretty startling effects! To the naked eye the colours would be no where near as intense. But the point is: they haven’t been altered; it’s just the magic of photography!
(If your monitor is setup correctly you should be able to see the shadow of the tree, thrown by an almost-full moon! Also, there are many more stars in the full-size version (if you bought a print you would see ALL of them).)
(Really, I’m not cheating with the colours. Note the stars — is that the Big Dipper? And would that make it Polaris at the top of the frame?)