Chicago Blows And Other Strange Tales

They don’t call Chicago the windy city as in “wow, it’s really calm here” you know, like calling the fat guy “slim” – Nope that’s not why. It’s because it’s near-gale-force blowing most of the time I was here! But I love Chicago; the architectural showcase of America. My goal was simple, eat good food, […]

The Texas Night Sky Part Two

Happening upon a long dark road, down a twisted dusty bypass, a strange, unusual confluence of place and time, shift into a single event. When an abandoned phone booth and a fire hydrant ignite at once, with an eerie glow of supernatural origin, lasting only moments, maybe seconds, before they flicker back into the darkness, […]

The Dead of Terlingua, TX

Terlingua, TX Graveyard

It’s hard to believe that with an “official” population of only 58 people, there are so many who have passed away over the years in this tiny little Texas town of Terlingua, TX. After all, Terlingua is not much to look at most days, only in the late winter months are any visitors clamoring to […]

The Texas Night Sky Part One

There’s nothing like darkness. It’s not a thing, it’s an absence of a thing; light. I prefer to think of it as a canvas, a blank one at that. A night time canvas on which one can project great beauty, powerful movement and an almost unlimited range of colors and intensities. Tonight I stand with […]

The Beauty of Stuff

I admire beauty is everything; the mountains, valleys, rivers, tufas, trees… the list is endless. This past night I added one more thing to my list of admirations. Stuff. Not abandoned stuff, but real, useful industrial stuff. I really didn’t see the beauty in it until I was there, at night. I did some research […]

They Only Come Out at Night

They say that nothing is as it appears. While I never knew who “they” were, I can attest to the validity of that statement. Take this place, for example. One old and dilapidated train car discarded at the end of an abandoned road, in a town that doesn’t exist anymore. To most people, it’s just a […]

Searching for Illuminations

Iceland Ice Cave

As you know, one of my fascinations with Iceland is to view Aurora Borealis, which thus far has eluded us. The clouds are too thick and the rain more on than off. But last night was an exception, it was mostly clear so hope blossomed thinking that if it were to be, I wanted a beautiful foreground […]

Elves, Trolls, Hidden People and an Icy Land

The story says that Eve received a message that God was coming to visit her. So she spent the next 3 days scrubbing and cleaning, baking and cooking in preparation for His visit. At the last minute, Eve realized that her children were not cleaned up, so just before He came, she put them in […]

Tales from the Crypt

There’s a peculiar feeling I have walking through a graveyard at midnight, it’s not that death is all around me, no it’s more like life is infinite and takes many turns along the way, one of them is to a place like this. It’s beautiful and magical in a grave yard and the night time […]

Setting up your Camera for Night Photography

NOTE: I have updated this tutorial after some years experimenting with the settings, as of January 2013. In this image, I photographed the landscape in a full moon, then began my series of exposures that later were “flattened” in Photoshop. I painted the tree trunk with my Surefire incandescent flashlight for several minutes. Each exposure […]