Moon Through the Trees on a Bright Winter's Night

I took this in my backyard with my Sony NEX-5 with the Sony 18-55 lens. ISO 200, f4, focal length 19ft with a 30 sec. exposure.
-Adam Micco

This is one of my favorite New Mexico back roads, and this tree has always been my favorite feature. It stands all by itself, out in the middle of the desert. I've wanted to shoot it for quite a while, but I've never been able to envision the right scene in my head. So, every time I take this road, I just drive past and smile at it, thinking that someday I'll get that shot.

And then there was this shooting challenge. I knew what I had to do.

I started shooting around 11:30 at night. The moon, about 2 days past full, gave me a nice side light. I used my old manual Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 wide open on my Nikon D300, daylight white balance, ISO 1600, and a 20 second exposure. This let me snap off one or two before having to move the camera and tripod out of the middle of the road for traffic. However, none of those middle of the road shots came out as nice as this from-the-shoulder one did.

When the coyotes started circling, I decided to pack up and call it a night.
-Adam Wolf


My intervalometer (which I ordered to help with the upcoming Gizmodo timelapse challenge) arrived and I realized that I could use it to do longer exposures than the 60 second maximum built into my camera. I was pretty excited to use it for this challenge so a couple friends and I went out to some of the sea-cliffs in Santa Cruz to do some long exposure shots. I got a lot of good results but this one is the one I thought worked best for the night to day challenge. I found 60 seconds was actually a pretty good exposure time and didn't end up using the intervalometer that much (although I did use it to shoot some timelapse stuff.) This shot was one of the last ones of the evening, at Lighthouse Field State Beach, a little after 12:30 am. Because I was shooting with a micro 4/3rds mirrorless camera, I had a hard time composing and focusing my shots in such low light (having to look at a [usually quite excellent] electronic viewfinder instead of an optical one), and often found myself shooting wide-open ultra-high ISO shots, or shots with the flash, and composing by trial and error. This wasn't so much an issue when I was using some of my fast lenses, but the lens I took this photo with has a maximum aperture of f/4.0 and was really pretty blind in this light. I used a flashlight on my subjects to help get focus. The full moon was really amazing and a lot of our came out looking really excellent. This one didn't really get a huge advantage from the moon, as I was battling the conflicting color temperatures from the moon, the warm street light, and the lighthouse light and floodlights (on the side of the lighthouse) that were somewhere in between.


Camera: Panasonic Lumix GH2 (micro 4/3)
Lens: Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/4.0-5.6
Focal Length: 17mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 60 seconds
ISO: 160
Post: Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Apple Aperture 3

Sorry about awful grammar, flow, and style in my description...I'm pretty tired right now :)
-Ben Bunch

camera: nikon d3000
aperture: f7.1
exposure: 183sec
date: 01-21-2011
time: 11:06PM pst
location: shark fin beach, near bonny doon off highway 1 just out of santa cruz, ca usa
software edits: only resizing


quick story on the shot:
I was reading's weekly shooting challenge: "You'll take a picture at night, but you'll make it look like day."

I'd been wanting to take this type of a shot for awhile now but kept putting it off because I was actually a little scared to be running around at night trying to find the right location and wasn't even sure what settings I needed to have.

silly boy.

pretty simple to set up the camera and was much (much!) easier to find the spot and get into position.


beautiful night considering it is mid-january. almost warm. if you look close in the sky near the top of the pic, you can see some star trails.

this was the last in a small set of images that I took. why a small set? my goal had been to take 25-30 pix across a variety of f-stops and shutter release times to find the best combo so my submission to the challenge was as good as I could make it. I had just bragged to a friend that "I feel like I'm starting to get better at being prepared for pretty much any shot I want to do — I know there are still tons of things that I need to learn and equipment I could use but I'm feeling more confident...."

15 minutes later my camera told me I needed to replace my battery. no problem, right? a confident photographer always has a spare battery handy, right? umm, yah. sitting in the charger at home.
-Bob Zimway

I shot this photo at about 10:30 at night in Silverton, Coloarado. It was after a day of Heli skiing, which was amazing to say the least. I tried different exposures, some really long (45 minutes) and some pretty short ones. I really wanted to incorporate the moon and make it look like the sun, so the long exposures were making everything to blurry in the sky. The moon turned out to be a streak, not what I wanted. This final one was shot on a Tripod mounted Canon 7D, ISO 3200, @F/11, 30 seconds. The lens was a Sigma 10mm F/2.8 EX DG Fisheye Lens (This lens rocks by the way). I did some minor adjustments and cropping in Photoshop CS5. Enjoy!
-Brandon J. Doza

Taken with a Canon 60D, 30 second exposure at f/4.5, ISO 1600.

This is a picture taken at Woodard Bay, north of Olympia, WA, at about 10:20 pm. I bought the camera less than 12 hours prior, so I was still learning how to use it.
- Brian Hall

I wanted to shoot on the night of the full moon, which was Wednesday, but was
unable to get a clear night until Saturday. It was 10° outside, I borrowed my
sister's snow boots (yes she's got big feet, and I had left mine at the office)
and I trespassed across someone's yard, through the snow, down to the train
tracks around 10 o'clock (which is very late for me to do anything). When I got
there I realized I had forgotten how to put my Nikon D70s in bulb mode. After
figuring out how to get into bulb mode, I then realized that the D70s only keeps
the shutter open as long as you hold the shutter release button down (duh),
whereas I thought you could press it once to open it and once to close it like
you can when using the remote. I did not bring my remote. So while freezing, I
stood there with my camera on the tripod, took a couple of test shots at various
ISO's and f/stops until finally taking this shot. I stood there for 5 minutes,
yes that 300 seconds, with my finger on the trigger in 10° weather without my
gloves on so that my hands and fingers would be sensitive enough to press the
shutter release but not move the camera. This particular shot was taken on a
Nikon D70s, ISO 200, f/8, Nikkor 18-70mm at 18mm. I will not forget my remote
next time.
-Brian McCabe

Canon Rebel XTi
30 seconds
ISO 1600

Sneaking around in an abandoned barn near Sacramento, CA. Didn't get murdered by axe - or chainsaw-wielding inbreds.
-Brok Armantrout

Taken with a Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

ISO of 100
Shutter speed override at 50.8 seconds.
Any other settings were the stock settings of my camera.
-Chris Kjar

F8 30 seconds

14-24mm f2.8 Nikkor lense, D3 on Tripod

I was out for a Moonlight climbing trip and stopped when I saw my friends coming up the path to me. I waited for them to enter frame and let the camera do its thing. The lights are headlamps. We were on our way out of Hueco Tanks State Park in Texas.
-Craig Copelin

Hi. This is my entry for the shooting challenge.
I live in Antigua but i do business in Florida, the shot was taken on the nineteenth of janurary using a Nikon D3100.
I set the camera on a tripod (vanguard mak 234) and faced the camera towards the view of my house.
I set the camera to Manual, ISO 1600, rear flash and the pictures in the attachment is the result.
I was using Nikkor lens AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm with VR and AF on.
The photo was taken at 11:30
-Craig Fernandez

This photo was taken behind an auto garage in Connecticut. The sliver of orange on the tree comes from a street light in front of the garage. ISO 320, f/3.8, shutter 2'.
-Daniel Giuditta

I attend Oregon State University, land of cold weather and rain. Tonight was a nice night and a light fog. I went out to shoot some pictures and came out with this one. It's of one of the greenhouses on campus, people inside must have gotten creative. I guess what I was going for here was more of a daybreak kind of shot. From the timecode, I shot this at 11:47PM. Minor adjustments in Picasa.


Lens: Canon EFS 17-85
Camera: Canon T2i (with Magic Lantern)
ISO: 100, f/4.0
Exposure: 15 seconds
-Darryl Lai

I took this shot of our front yard out in the country. The scarecrow
was for my son's 1st birthday whose theme was "barnyard bash." It has
been leaning on that crepe myrtle since October and is slowly
dilapidating. I used the quick guide you mentioned and counted to 150
so the exposure ended up being f/8 1600 ISO@163.3 seconds using my
Nikon D50 and an antique collapsible tripod.
-Eric A. Garica

Shot with Lumix G10, 14-42mm lens at 14mm. I used an ISO of 200, shutter speed of 256 seconds and F/3.5. The picture is of my garden path leading to the back door, I think the pink sky turned out particularly nicely.
-George Lennox

This is my first entry in a photo challenge.

I don't own my Nikon D90 for so long and I think these photo challenges are a good way to learn some more advanced techniques.


I took this photo in my backyard. Since I don't have I tripod I placed the camera on some chairs and pointed it trough this 'tree' into the full moon. My shutter speed was 30s with an aperture of f/8. ISO is 1600. I was surprised with the results. I shot some more pictures later that day with a lower ISO, but they not much better than this one.

This is my first entry for a challenge whatsoever so I really don't know what to expect.
-Henri De Veene


This is the first time I've entered. Sizing is new to me, so I hope I got it right!!


Well I managed to fulfil the requirement for a daytime look, but I'm afraid it's not very colourful here in the winter time. It was after 7:00 in the evening, dark as it will get the rest of the night up here in Toronto. I went to the nearest dark area which is Chorley Park. You'd never know it was night time from this photo, and I was shocked to see the results. It truly looks like daytime! But the one tell tale sign that it was night are the lights on the freeway far in the background, the Don Valley Parkway. If you look carefully you can see them through the trees, between the park bench and the large trees in the foreground. A woman came by with her dogs to see what on earth I was up to standing alone in the park in the dark.

ISO 6400, f/8, 5 seconds - amazing.
-Jacqui Jenson-Roy

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6
Focal Length: 10mm
ISO: 400
Shutter Speed: 30 sec
F-Stop: f8


I spent 20 minutes slogging through knee high snow to get into the middle of the deep dark woods only to discover that I had left my remote trigger at home. That limited me to 30 second exposures. It was cloudy that night. I couldn't really see anything because, well it was a dark and (soon to be) stormy night (we got three more inches of snow that night). I spent some time trying to see the landscape, but really just saw some light patches and some dark patches. But while I was waiting on a not so long exposure, I happened to look up. Not only could I see what was up, I also kind of liked it. So I pointed my camera up and though the image is still a little dark, I think this is just about what it would have looked like during the day. I cheated a little by increasing the exposure by 2 1/3 stops in post processing.
-James Fryer

This is Mercer's Pier in Wrightsville, Beach, NC. Although it's very
likely this is the most photographed spot in town, I thought it would
be nice for people to see it in a "different light." The first thing
you'll notice is that the left side of the screen looks like a typical
day at the beach, while the right side it is clearly night. I think
the footprints really make the photo and it makes the beach look kind
of like craters on the surface of the moon!

Canon T2i, Samyang 8mm lens, ISO 100, 71 seconds
- Jeff Levensailor

Finally! My first submission. I have been following the weekly photography contest for a year now but never got down to trying out any of the 'tasks'. After seeing the 'Day and Night' task, something I had never heard of before, I decided to give it a shot. Unfortunately, my end result isn't that imaginative. I grabbed my fathers Canon 400D and 10-22mm wide angle lens and ran to my roof to get a view of the pontoon across my road. Set the apeture to 8.0 and my ISO to 100 and took a couple of 5 minute shots. The photo was touched up on photoshop to add a bit more colour. I hope to take part in more contests and get better over time however.

Location: Malta, Europe
-Jeremy Debattista

This was a tough one, as the moon and stars barely showed themselves here in Warren, PA during the challenge period... So I settled for soaking up some ambient city night light during a blustery snow storm at 10 degrees Fahrenheit... I love how long exposures turn you into a magician - cars become lasers, snow becomes fog, floating ice becomes grooves on a giant record and my tripod becomes, well, a four-foot icicle. Nikon D7000, remote trigger, ISO 100, f/13, 18-105mm at 18mm, 136.5 seconds.
-Jeremy Jeziorski

Canon Rebel XTi
30 second exposure
ISO 1600

I drove to a ranch outside Folsom, CA around midnight with some friends. Cows, horses, owls, hawks, and telephone wires were making eerie sounds the whole time we were there. We explored a decrepit old barn and discovered some well-used but still colorful rodeo chaps. Our feet were wet and cold as we waited around for each shot, but we had a really great time and were mesmerized by the photographs we captured.
-Jeremy Neely

else, I had no remote so I wasn't confident using the BULB setting as I would often move the camera and ruin the shot. This photo was taken with these settings: ISO 800 (slightly higher, but it made up for my lack of a remote for the BULB setting) f/10, 30 second exposure time.


Well this is my first shooting challenge submission as I'm relatively new to DSLR photography and I thought this was a challenge I could actually attempt. Basically I did these in my backyard, there's a lot of land behind my house so it allowed me to avoid most city light and such. There was a full moon and many fast moving clouds so that added a nice touch to the sky. I started off by taking photos of my shed, other backyard decorations and such, then I got the idea to do something a bit more creative. I decided I'd lounge by the pool and try to stay as perfectly still as I could for a full 30 seconds while my camera took the picture and I think it worked out nicely. (I put on my mothers shades for added 'summer by the pool' effect).

Hope you all enjoy it!
-Jesus Olivas

I took this shot at 1:00 AM Sunday Morning, my fingers and feet were numb for hours after.
I decided to attempt some "Day" Photos at the National Mall since there would be the least amount of light with the most interesting subjects. It was pretty difficult, and I don't think I actually took any photos that really looked like they were taken during the day, but i ended up with some cool photos, this one being the most day like.

Camera: Nikon D70s
ISO: 640
Lens: 50mm f/1.8
30.00 s exposure
-Jim McMahon

My first Shooting Challenge entry! I hadn't planned on submitting a photo but after reading the challenge and getting a clear night with an almost full moon I couldn't resist. I currently live in Denmark and it seems the skies here are perpetually cloudy but when I saw the moon shining bright I took my camera and headed just down the road to the local harbor. This was taken where Randers Fjord empties out into the Kattegat sea which lies between Denmark and Sweden. With another cold winter we have had freezing of the waters around us and this was perfect for the moonlight to shine off of. In the distance there is a light fog and to the right of the photo is the Constellation Orion. You can see the three stars lined up that make up Orion's belt. All in all a wonderful night and a cool picture. Canon EOS 450D, 18mm, ISO 400, f/6.3, 15 secs
-Joe Hinton

I shot this in my front yard in Tucson, Arizona of the moon rising at
about 10pm using my Canon 7D with Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Lens, which I've had for about 2 weeks now. It was a 600 Second
exposure (10 minutes) @f/3.5 ISO 200.
-Joshua Wallace

Camera: Nikon D50 with just a simple 28-80mm lens and I was shooting in ISO 800.


Not too much of a story, but this is the view from my apartment though this was shot outside. It was averaging about 0 degrees outside and the snow had actually ceased enough to get a half way decent shot. The "subject" is an old smelting plant used to smelt copper, probably 100 years ago or so and that is a river between myself and the plant.
-Justin Hodgson


My best friend just emailed me your contest via email tonight and I shot my first Night Time Landscape portrait ever last night!


A three hour drive up to Joshua tree from Los Angeles I was planing on doing some landscape exploration with my camera in 70-80 degree weather during daylight hours. But, I decided to stop and get something to eat. There, I met a pro photographer who does night photography and light painting. I had no experience with either and he suggested I wait until sundown and learn to sit patiently and see what the waning full moon has to offer.

In this pic it looks as if though it's a sunny, hot 100 degree desert day. With shadows on the rocks, under bushes and dry hot sand. But, in reality it was a Waning FULL MOON that was casting shadows at 2:50am and it was freezing cold at about 40degrees! But, I learned so much, got tons of great shots and had so much fun!

Canon Digital SLR EOS 30D, 17-85mm EFS Canon Ultrasonic Macro Portrait Lens, Manfroto Tripod.

ISO 1600, F/4, exposure 30sec.

Time: 2:50am PST
Date: Sunday, January 23, 2011
Location: Joshua Tree Desert, California
-Ken Rambo

The Stats: Nikon D7000, Exposure 321 seconds, F/10, ISO 100

The Story: I missed the deadline for the hyper focal last week, so I was champing at the bit to get into this one. The timing of this challenge included an additional hardship which was the cold; would have been much easier in the summer time. Living in the DC area our biggest challenge (my wife is also submitting her own shot) was finding an interesting place that wasn't bathed in artificial light too. We settled on the tidal basin. As I said it was really cold (they said it might be the coldest weekend of the winter for this area) and just as we were getting our grove the FDR memorial was invaded by a tour bus middle schoolers: at 9:30 PM! Who goes out to the monuments in single digits temperatures? Thankfully they didn't come down to where we were and I got some okay shots and more importantly, some practice time with my new D7000.

I look forward to the summer when I can do this kind of thing in warmer temps.

- Kevin Jennings

Back again for another!

I feel like I've been beating landscapes to death lately and decided to throw something new(d) and different for me into the frame. I apologize for the SNWSishness of the shot, but hey- it's art, right?


Shot on a Nikon D700 with a 50mm f/1.4G AF-S. 2 second exposure at ISO6400 at f/1.4.
-Luke Bhothipiti

I took this photo nearly 2:00am with my Canon 50D using a Sigma 10-20mm F4 ISO 1600 and a 30 second exposure. It sounds pretty whiny to most people in other states, but in Florida this was fairly miserable. It was about 34 degrees outside, but with the humidity and the wind off the ocean not far from here it felt quite a bit colder.. not to mention it's Florida! We don't have winter clothes here! All kidding aside, this wasn't at all what I had in mind when I left to shoot, but I am happy with the results!
-Mark Jenkins

This picture was taken at Laajalahti nature reserve in Espoo, Finland. It is my favorite location near our capital city Helsinki. When I read about this contest I knew where I would try to take my long exposure picture. It was cold and foggy night so the sky is colored amber. The temperature was -6C / 21.2F. I used tripod and cable release.

The picture is taken with Nikon D80, ISO 200, 50mm, f8, 98s.
-Marko Stenman

Canon EOS Rebel XS
18-55mm, ISO 800, 33mm, F/29

The third snow storm here in New York, which means another early morning of getting up to shovel and commute. So, as I was getting ready, listening to traffic, I looked out the window to see I wasn't the only one getting ready. I imagined it was some little kid watching the news ticker to see if his/her school was closed that day (most were not). But still provided some nice extra exposure to the low light situation.
- Marty Perez

Camera: Nikon D3100
Lens: Nikon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX
ISO: 1600
F-Stop: f/9
Shutter Speed: 30"


Only just got my camera (Christmas gift) and still learning my way
around it. This is the first challenge I've entered and to be honest I
thought it was very difficult as it's been freezing outside. 2 of the
3 nights I was out with the camera the water was frozen!

The photo is taken by "The Cuckoo Way" canal just outside Chesterfield
(the famous crooked spire lit up in the distance). A common stomping
ground for me and my dog Marley. Although she wouldn't sit still for
the full 30 seconds so she isn't in the picture. She's hoping for an
easier challenge next time!
-Matthew Lowden

I haven't had a lot of experience shooting with long exposures, so this was a good opportunity to make an attempt. It took a few tries to get the amount of light I wanted, and instead of cranking up the ISO (which I did on other test shots), I kept it low and opened the shutter longer. There is just no way to focus in darkness, so I set the focus ring manually, and set it to infinity. Also, since I was using a tripod, I turned the optical stabilizer off. This is a shot off the back deck at my girlfriend's house in Catonsville, MD. The moon was full, or close to full. I have no idea what is making an orange color behind the trees, so I'm going to go ahead and say it's aliens.


Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm 2.8-4.5 OS HSM IF
Time: 10:39 PM
Exposure: 341 seconds (5 min, 41 sec)
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 34mm
-Matt Malnati

Nikon D7000
Nikon Nikkor 18-200mm VR

30 Seconds
@ 18mm

1/21/2010 11:12pm

Location: Lake Worth, FL

Me and my cousin went to the beach to get take some shots but it was really
cloudy so we only had a little window of time with a clear view of the
-Mauricio Lotero

Taken on Friday Night, 1/21/11
Nikon D3000, 18-55mm VR Kit Lens, Tripod, Remote Control
ISO 400, F8, 117 second exposure.


The rain finally stopped for the day and the night sky was crystal clear by 10pm. I had a great view of the moon so I went out to my front yard to try to get a picture for this challenge. I used a remote control to open and close the shutter and this was the only photo I took. I'm amazed at how blue the sky looks and how the trees are just glowing green. Very weird, but very cool!
-Megan Michaelis

Camera: Olympus e520
Lens: Zuiko 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
F-stop: f/5.6
Exposure time: 40s
ISO: 800
Focal length: 14mm


There's a neighborhood near my house that's themed after a Croatian village so there is a lot of stonework, a vineyard, a large pond, etc. I was able to find an area that didn't have any lights and took this picture there. It's really cool how the full moon casts a shadow that pronounced in the picture.
-Michael Berman

The photograph was taken at Muir Beach, in Marin Co. CA

I've been doing a 365 project and I'd drawn a blank during the day, and got inspired by the almost-full moon to go out to the beach and see what some long exposures might look like. There was a bit of trial and error with the shutter speed, which I varied from over 2 minutes to this one, which was only 30 seconds.


I used a Canon 7D, with a Zeiss 21mm manual focus lens, which I really had to focus by guess. (Fortunately it has a lot of depth of field.)
The ISO was 100, it was shot at f/2.8 at 30 seconds.

I hope you like it!
-Michael Moore

29s (in Bulb Mode) f/1.8 ISO100 50mm with a Canon EOS 7d

I took this shot in the forest at midnight on 20. January 2011.
Focussing was a little bit hard and unfortunately no stars, it was a cloudy night. :(


The image is located in Austria, near Amstetten in the Forstheide Forest.
This barrier is used to prevent cars from using the forest road, but as i know it is open most of the time.
Also it just snowed on this day, so there is many fresh snow in this image.
-Michael Simmer

I stupidly went out to take part in this challenge without taking a tripod, so my options for locations and shots in general were severely limited. Luckily, I knew of a location nearby where there was a house just after going over a bridge, so I was able to use the bridge as a make shift tripod. It was one of the clearest nights we've had locally for a while, so it was perfect for this challenge - I just would have liked to have had more flexibility by using a tripod. Tweaked in Adobe Lightroom to help push the exposure up slightly.

Canon EOS 550D, 18-55mm lens, ISO 800, F/8, 30 second exposure.
-Mitch Needham

I moved these uncarved pumpkins to the back porch after Halloween and they haven't budged since. My wife's been asking me to get rid of them, but somehow its slipped my mind for 3 consecutive months. After finally figuring out how to do longer than 30 sec exposures with my camera I started set-up. Used a Nikon D40 and 35 mm prime with tripod and remote, ISO 200, 5 min. @ f/8. Originally the neighbors bathroom light was off when I set it up and started the exposure, but apparently about halfway through it came on. I did another shot once the light was off, but I found that I liked the first instead. I also did a 15 min. run, but I preferred the dawn/dusk look of this one.
-Nick Gleason

Frosty Power.
Nikon D90
Tokina 116
224 seconds @ f7.1 - iso 200 at 11mm

It wa a brutally cold night in Zürich, there was not a complete full moon but it there was quite a lot of light.
Anyway, using my wide angle lens, a tripod and a remote release cable, I firstly set the lens at 2.8f and the iso at 1600 where the camera was able to meter correctly.
Then from there I slowly dropped the ISO and closed the lens until I had 7.1 and ISO 200.
It was so cold that I only got a couple but I think noise was minimized due to the frozen sensor.

Nils Rohwer

This was tricky, it being my first photo challenge, and it being below zero every night here in Pittsburgh. So I tried shooting it through my apartment window at the Cathedral of Learning, an educational building in Pittsburgh, PA. I couldn't get the blues that everyone had in their nature photos, but I really liked the colors in this one. I shot this at an ISO 200, f10, for 30 seconds on a D3000 with the stock 18-55mm Nikon lens.

Cheers till the next contest!
- Noah Levinson

Shot with an Olympus E-5 and 12-60mm lens at 14mm, fStop 2.9, for 40 seconds at ISO 200, the time was 10:58:34 PM.

The story is kind of interesting. Some friends and I were doing a night hike through the mountains of Japan near Hakone. It was about -6 degrees Celsius at the time. We had already hiked about 8 km by this point, which doesn't sound that far, but it was through mountain trails with a lot of ups and downs. At the end of this trail was a small temple with the guy in the picture sitting there, so I thought it would be a good photo. The moon was nearly full and the sky quite clear, although the air was a bit misty.
-Rainer Mager

It was a cold night in North Texas. My first choice of subject was refused by the owner of the airport property, I guess I shouldn't have asked. My second choice, a marina, was too well lit to expose the sky properly without blowing out the subject.


I retreated to an old familiar location. The moon was just coming up and eerily lit up this old barn.

I put the camera on a stable tripod and use a remote to trigger the shutter. I use full manual mode to access the bulb shutter setting.
Camera: Canon XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Aperture: F/9.0
Shutter: 90 Seconds
ISO: 1600
Focal Length: 21mm
-Robert Allen

This week Seattle had a beautiful clear night (a rarity this time of year) so I decided to head to Kerry Park and take a few pictures of the city. I've never tried long exposure photography before, and the bright city lights made it more difficult than I had anticipated. I really liked this shot over Puget Sound where the lights from the port make it look like daytime in one half of the photo and night in the other. Sony NEX-5 with the 18-200mm lens. ISO 200, 18 mm, f8, 30 secs.
-Rob Smith

Shooting Summary: I use a Canon Rebel t2i and an inexpensive tripod. Nothing
Recently got a Canon EOS 20D and wanted to try this out. Unfortunately didn't have much time so took this is a nearby wood! Used a 285 second exposure f/6.3 ISO200
-Sam D'Cruz

This was shot on a Nikon D5000 using a Tokina 11-16 f2.8; taken at 11mm for 337 seconds at f2.8.


As a travelling consultant, I spend a lot of time in hotel rooms; thinking about this inspired me to take this week's challenge indoors. The room was completely dark save for a bathroom light and the tiny bit of light coming in through the windows. This allowed me to use the alarm clock, an iphone, and a laptop to create "ghosts" of my normal nighttime activities when on the road.

I've been reading this challenge for a while and love it (this is my first submission) - thanks for starting it and keeping it going!
—Seth A. Moser

This is a shot out my backyard sliding glass door (-15 F is a little too cold for me to stand outside!) using a Sony Cybershot DSC-H50. F/2.7 for 20 seconds at ISO 80. I wish I would have been able to shoot for a longer time period, but my better camera was on the fritz. The streak in the sky is a plane that flew by while this was being exposed. I thought it added kind of a neat touch!
-Shana Monge

I shot this with a Sony NEX-5. Specifically, the Sony NEX-5K. The one with the 18-55mm kit lens. I live in Greater London and it's not often that you see many stars like this, especially when the moon's there. Yes, the big white area is the moon. I had my camera on a cheap, tacky, but compact tripod and the lens hood attached. There was a HOYA 46mm UV (0) filter attached, however I do not recommend attaching one at night when it's cold. It's nearly pointless (When it's dark) and it seems to get misty due to the cold, blurring your photos. I'm rather proud with this photo and the silhouette of the tree is rather nice.

Exposure 20
ISO 200
Lens at 18mm
Auto White Balance

The settings are probably completely wrong, but it worked for me.
-Sid Brunskill

Canon 1D Mark IV, 35mm 1.4, 8 second exposure, 200 ISO.

This is Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon. The shot was taken
about 3 hours after sunset and the moon had just risen. As I was
finishing another project and packing up to leave I looked behind me
one last time and saw this... And knew I had to take this picture.
Nothing special was done in post production other than some simple RAW
-Paul Seeber

Took the pictures behind the Library here in town, at a corporate park. The library didn't have any books I wanted, but i got a couple good pictures. Some ducks are even visible in the lower right.


The camera is a SC210 Point and shoot. f/3.1, 8sec exposure, ISO-200.
-Stephen Cooke

Nikon D7000 w/ Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 lens
f/7.1 @55 sec, ISO 100
Processed in Adobe Lightroom v. 3.3


This picture was taken at the decommissioned Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, CA. I was really surprised by how much light is given off by the full moon, as well as the street lamps in the parking lot. Even though I couldn't see much, the camera sure did! Still, I had to rely on manual focus, since it was too dark for the AF system to work.

The place is just packed with industrial buildings and cranes, and most everything is surrounded by chain-link fence to keep people away from the buildings, but there is plenty to take pictures of. The only other person I saw the whole time I was out there was the security guard, who was super cool about me taking pictures. Definitely will be going back!
-Steven Wheeler

I took this photo Sat. night at a ranch in Central Oklahoma. The lights from OKC provide the horizon glow
and the moon was full blast from the left of frame (East) After setting up for this shot with several 25 second
exposures i was able to capture this image in around 8.5mins. The constellation of Orion is trailing in the upper right.


Camera: Canon 30d
Lens: Tamron: 18-75
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure: 526 sec.
Aperature: F8
ISO: 100

Post in Adobe Lightroom
-Tanner W. Priddy

This was shot with my Nikon D90 using my 35mm f/1.8 lens. After seeing this week's shooting challenge I set out into the freezing cold to find an unlit part of the city that I live in. This school's playground was the closest thing I could find to that. With my camera set for a 20 second exposure at f/2.8 ISO 200, I clicked away until my hands began to freeze to my tripod... Then I went home.
-Tim Jackson

I went outside with my dad to shoot some pics at night. The neighbourhood is quite lighted, but we thought we could still make something of it. The results came out quite nice we thought, we took about 20 pictures, but the most important was that we had lots of fun.
Shot with a Nikon D3100, 18-105mm lens at ISO 200, f/4 for 15s at 18mm.
-Xavier Veys