Several years ago, I took a photography course at the museum. The instructor, Bruce Gaucher, is an amazing landscape photographer. He and his wife are, also, are frequent visitors to Schlotzski's like we are, so we see them almost every Saturday. He showed me an amazing night time picture of a windmill. I asked him if he would show me how to do the shot. He said yes, and the next new moon we would go out. The new moon was Monday, July 8. We went out Monday, and again on Wednesday. Monday was a truck painting night shot, and Wednesday night, the windmill. We wanted the Milky Way in the photos, and he has a program that shows where the Milky Way will be at a certain time. 10:00 pm seemed the best time. Now it is pitch black out, and we are in the middle of nowhere. It is kind of scary. We did have flashlights to get set up, and they attract all kinds of big bugs. I did not like that either. We did a search our spot for snakes...there were none. He brought his snake bite kit, and I brought my gun. Here is the result of our shoots. I love all the photos we took.
|Me by the truck. You can see the Milky Way coming out from the tree. It is the multicolored arch on the right. (This photo is by Bruce Gaucher.)|
|No Milky Way here.|
|The Milky Way is the arch coming from the top of the tree.|
|Milky Way is the light colored cluster again coming out of the tree.|
Last night we went to shoot the windmill. Here are those shots. And we did not get home until 1:15 in the morning.
|The light on the horizon is lightning.|
|The windmill light painted. Lightning on the right.|
|Milky Way on the left, and the lights of Roswell on the right.|