A black and white view of the night sky I recently took from atop the dune line looking out over the shoreline of the Atlantic - Hatteras Island, North Carolina USA. Featured on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day site: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140920.html
This monochrome image reminds me of the 1950's sci-fi movie genre and could have been titled "It Came From Beyond the Dunes". It also brings to mind the long history of monochromatic astrophotography. One way astronomers use #monochrome photography today is by taking a series of images through RGB filters and then combine them to create a color image.
The totally eclipsed moon with a starry background of the constellation Pisces, courtesy of a 15 second exposure at ISO 6400. Many other constellations are repesented here including Cetus, Capracorn, and Piscis Austrinus which includes the bright star Fomalhaut (bottom left). Taken from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, USA
A conceptional look at where the world ends and space begins. A tree lined horizon glows orange after sunset while Comet Pan-STARRS (C/2011 L4) and the crescent Moon (looks full because of Earthshine) shine in the twilight sky filled with stars. #conceptcollab
A beautiful meteor display is put on each summer courtesy of comet Swift–Tuttle. I observed the shower from my home in the suburbs of Richmond VA and despite the moderate light pollution thoroughly enjoyed the the show.
This photography is a composite of 24 of the brightest meteors images taken during a two hour time span in the early morning hours of Aug 12, 2016. Following the direction from which meteors appear to originate shows the radiant point in the constellation Perseus for all but the one sporadic meteor (top left).
The Steel City at night from the South Shore, Monongahela River (The Mon) in the foreground. Made with a series of 4 images taken handheld with a Nikon D810 & 50mm f1.4 lens. The full size image is 12,500px wide.
Orion (center left) and the other brilliant winter constellations ride low in the west after sunset, making way for the relatively demure star patterns of the spring sky. Budding trees frame this early spring star-field featuring the three belt stars of Orion, and the two red giant stars, Betelgeuse - Alpha Orionis (top center) and Aldebaran - Alpha Tauri (top right) glowing orange against the bluish night sky along with some passing high clouds. APoD for March 26, 2015
A couple of German guys at the "almost famous" Roy's Cafe in Amboy California pretty much in the middle of nowhere. They were on the final leg of a Route 66 motorcycle trip, riding "The Mother Road" from Chicago to LA. What an adventure!
Just a small section of Bethlehem Steel's towering old blast furnaces - Bethlehem PA. Founded in 1890 it grew to become America's second-largest steel producer and largest shipbuilder. In the 1980's demand for the plant's structural products began to diminish. Low-rise building construction (office parks and strip-malls) did not require the heavy structural grades produced at the Bethlehem plant. Just one of the many factors leading to the shutdown of these blast furnaces by the mid 1990s. Bethlehem Pennsylvania
Against dark rifts of interstellar dust, the ebb and flow of starlight along the Milky Way looks like waves breaking on a cosmic shore in this night skyscape. Taken from atop a dune line looking out over the shoreline of the Atlantic - Hatteras Island, North Carolina USA.
This monochrome image is reminiscent of the time when sensitive black and white film was a popular choice for dimly lit night and astrophotography. The bright stars of Sagittarius and Scorpius are near the center of the frame. Wandering Mars, Saturn, and Zubenelgenubi (Alpha Librae) form the compact triangle of bright celestial beacons farther right of the galaxy's central bulge.
This image also reminds me of the 1950's sci-fi movie genre and could have been titled "It Came From Beyond the Dunes".
A moment of quiet reflection, thinking about the many times I've been to this lake. Frozen in the winter, shrouded in mist of fall. Memories of fantastic things I've seen standing not far from its banks; aurora, fireballs, meteor showers, galaxies, comets... they are still there or at least the memories, reflected in that lake.