Ursa Major & Me
Every now and again I get the urge to go out at night and mess around with lights in the wilderness. Sometimes it's LED's, sometimes fire, and sometimes just a flashlight. On this cold november night I tried all kinds of light in the darkness around Elbow Falls, just a short journey from my home in Cochrane Alberta. It was an enjoyable night and I got some nice images that were great fun to make and will be very useful in tuition.
I had finished messing around with lights and walked to an open space to capture the Milky Way (which had caught my eye as total darkness engulfed the area). Once that was done I turned around to return to my truck when I noticed Ursa Major above the tree line. I maneuvered myself so I could see all of the constellation through the treetops and made an image. It was nice but the forest in the foreground was just too dark, street lights from miles away were painting the clouds with their sodium yellow glow and the trees were just too dark in comparison. My solution was to stand close to the forest with my flashlight and 'paint' light onto the trees as the long exposure was made. In doing so my silhouette was always going to be in shot so I made the most of it by flooding the area directly in front of me, making me more prominent. In the end I liked this shot much more than the first, it seems to capture the 'feel' of the evening quite well and though it is a very simple image it's one I really like.
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