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Starry, Starry Nights Forays into Astrophotography

While I do not claim to be an expert, I have taken more than a passing interest in photographing the night sky, thanks to two events in my life:

The Excellent Adventure

I started camping with friends of mine 11 years ago, and more often than not, we camped in Lake Superior Provincial Park.

The number of stars I could see with the naked eye simply put me in awe, and gave me a sense of perspective about this blue marble of ours that is rocketing through the heavens.

The Fortress of Moderate Solitude

AKA, the cottage we purchased on Rice Lake in 2014. Our cottage is part of a resort community nestled on the north shore of the lake, backing onto a golf course.

We get up here nearly every weekend during cottage season. I've been rewarded with many opportunities to photograph the night sky with minimal light pollution.

There's such a sense of peace, standing by my camera late at night, breathing in the fresh, chill air, crickets chorusing in the background, the only other sound, the occasional "click" of my shutter.

I've gathered together some of my favorite night shots from the past few years. I hope you enjoy them. Remember, you can click on any image in a grid to enlarge it.

The Excellent Adventure

Photos from Woody Point, Gros Morne National Park, and Rabbit Blanket Lake (Lake Superior Provincial Park).

The Fortress of Moderate Solitude

Photos from various spots around cottage resort.

Elmhirst's Resort

This four-season resort on Rice Lake is our go-to spot when we want a cottage getaway during the cottage off-season. We've been to Elmhirst's many times and during a couple visits, I braved the cold winter air to photograph a familiar night sky from a slightly different location.

Elmhirst at night. The mixed lighting was a challenge but afforded me the opportunity to create some magical winter images.

To complement these experiments, I've also published projects and tutorials on Behance, detailing my exposure and processing workflow. You can check these out on my Behance page or more directly, through the Tutorials section of my photography portfolio. Post processing for all this work has been performed in Lightroom CC.

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Jim Babbage
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