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Photographing the Giants Causeway in Ireland at Night

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The unique basalt rock formation that comprise the Giants Causeway see from the side under strong moonlight. Prints available for purchase - contact

I must say that I was very lucky. The weather at the Giants Causeway is reportedly very uncooperative on a regular basis. We chose, totally at random, a near-perfect evening. Am I am very grateful, as this location was of singular importance photographically during a vacation with my wife. 

But I must stress that daytime scouting is integral to a successful night photo shoot. We visited in the late afternoon and that experience gave us a footprint and game plan for later that evening. Here are some shots of what it looks like during daytime from my phone:

While daytime scouting, I used a combination of apps to determine the moon's position and time, including Photographer's Ephemeris, Starmap2, Tides, LightTrac, MoonPhase and WeatherUnderground (the latter is fantastic for both weather and sunrise/sunset in on place).

It was only one day after the popular Blood Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse, so we had a daylight-bright moon coming over the south rim of the cliffs ahead of us. And partly cloudy, but very high, slow-moving clouds. All in all, it was a stupendous setup for night photography. But it had its challenges.

The rocks are study, but uneven. Dangerous if you like to move too quickly - care is paramount. And the ascent to the main part of the causeway is a little steep. but manageable. And since the moon was due south, it was also a challenge to find angle where the moon was not totally flaring the lens or flat lighting the unique geology. I think we did pretty good.

I also would like to add one important thing about being a night photographer - the community is outstanding. We met another fellow long exposure devotee there named John, who lives only 30 minutes away. Not only was he extremely friendly, but he was also helpful. A young couple was camping and attempting their first NPy, and he generously provided tips and instruction to them, as well as some insights and encouragement to us. Well met, John! I hope to shoot with you again. And now, the photos: 



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Clonmacnoise Monastery in Ireland at Night

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My favorite photo from the evening, featuring strong light from the waning full moon. Prints available for purchase - contact

My wife and I had the an amazing evening photographing the ruins of Clonmacnoise Monastery in Ireland while on vacation last week. The ruins were rumored to have banshees coming from the moors and ghosts from the ruins. We only encountered a group of fellow photographers from nearly camera club (very friendly!) and some noisy swans down by the water where they nest. 

Enjoy the photo gallery:


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NIGHT PAPER with David Spiel

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Last night we had the pleasure of working with the multi-talented David Spiel. David lent one of his arts to us last night and became a volunteer model for NIGHT PAPER. Well, I should say he became NIGHT PAPER. In amazing ways.

We found some amazing scenes at Flushing Meadows Corona Park and made another milestone in the project. I haven't counted in a while, but this is the 24th shoot in the project and how far we have come. David is also one of the longest supporters of the project, having heard me speak about it in concept over eight years ago at a post-Mermaid Parade drinking session on the boardwalk.

I had expressed by excitement about the idea, and also my fears and concerns. It was an engaging and encouraging conversation which I never forgot. To this day, David has been a staunch supporter and demonstrates his poxy by becoming part of the project is astoundingly beautiful ways. Enjoy...


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NIGHT PAPER with Fem Appeal

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Last night the talented and energetic Fem Appeal joined us for a shoot in Astoria. We explored a rainy N/Q between 30th Ave and Ditmars, and had a lot of fun explaining, "it's Fashion Week" to curious late-night subway riders. You rock, Fem – and you looked amazing in my first dress-form cut paper fashion. Enjoy the set! 

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