For me, it’s the sounds and the stars at night that make the evening out shooting so much fun. It’s one of the highlights of the trip to the family farm.
We used to visit the farm on the west coast regularly when we lived in South Africa. My father-in-law farms Rooibos tea, and my brother-in-law and his wife also provide meats to the community.
When we go, it’s almost a guaranteed open sky during the night, with a light, cool breeze against the skin and the sound of crickets trying to find their partners.
I am no pro at star photography, but it surely is one of the most magical photography types. As this video indicates, our lights are making it very hard to see the stars today.
You can try to wonder what it must’ve been like walking under the stars in an era only lit by candles, walking through the city streets with the person you had a crush on next to you. What thoughts and states of wonder the people who lived then must’ve had.
Unfortunately, the romantic aspect of looking at the stars is not that easy to experience today. I live in Paris, and I can create stories of a couple walking over a bridge crossing the Seine river, but if I could add in the stars, it would give the story so much more dimension.
Is it possible to regain the ability to view the stars at night? Can we change the lights we have somehow? Can you make a difference in any way, and if so, will you?
Do you do star photography? Share some photos in the comments and let’s show what we’re currently missing out on.