I grew up in a place where light pollution was ubiquitous, yet gazing at the night sky was still something I enjoyed. I was awestruck the first time I saw Saturn through a telescope. Later in life I traveled to places where light pollution was subdued and the Milky Way was visible with the naked eye. That experience knocked my socks off. Much later I encountered the landscape photography of Erik Stensland, which inspired me to take daytime pictures in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. Erik occasionally shot at night. It was these remarkable images that captured my attention like no others.
Motivated by Mr. Stensland’s gorgeous art and using resources freely available on the internet, I made a plan to attempt capture of the night sky in all its glory. The early days of that adventure yielded very disappointing images. I had a capable camera and tripod, but was lacking in knowledge. Over time, I hunted for and absorbed more information about how to improve my work. Slowly but steadily the pictures improved. Today the path to better night sky photographs lies before me as far as the eye can see.