Tere’s something about being out nature at night that typical landscape doesn’t involve. The process of shooting these nightscapes includes long extended exposures to capture detail and color in foregrounds, while using a range of High ISO techniques to capture pinpoint stars. One image can take upwards of 30-45 minutes to just capture of the course of the night depending on your intent.
The Milky Way
The Milky Galaxy; home sweet home. I can still remember the first time I experienced it with the naked eye and that immediate feeling of something bigger than this world just permeated me. I knew then I wanted to somehow bottle that feeling up with photography.
The Milky Way is naturally one of the main features people compose when shooting nightscapes. Milky Way Season, starting in early March and visible through October, is when the core or center of the galaxy are visible and varies as the year progresses.
Early in the Season, the Milky Way doesn’t rise until almost astronomical twilight, and stays fairly low in the sky. This time of year is a great time to shoot panoramas, as you can typically capture the milky way and foreground in a single shot.
Mid-season, the Milky Way starts to become visible much earlier in the night but has typically already risen, and tends to be much higher in the horizon
Amazing arch with the milkyway looking on. Southern Utah. August 2019
Late season, the Milky way is fighting with sunset, as the core starts to set not long after the sun goes down.
Urban Nightscapes are another fun genre of photography, where you can combine architecture and unique man made light sources such as cars, trains, and buildings.
Twilight and Others
A less thought about Nightscape are twilight and moonscapes. Twilight is a great time to shoot, as the glow from the setting sun can produce really interesting color pallets and soft textures on the landscape around you.
Moonscapes are when the Moon lights your landscape, creating and almost daytime feel of direct sunlight .