Scott Craig Photographs - Night Photos

I really enjoy night photographs.  Once the sun goes down everything changes.  The sunlight that normally illuminates a photograph is replaced by secondary lighting and that lighting can take unusual and dramatic forms.

Night Departure - November 8, 2011

I was playing with my camera as the sun went down when this American Airlines jet left Nashville International Airport.  It isn't underexposed, it was really that dark so it was a lucky "Grab Shot".

Tennessee Sunset - July 15, 2011

I was in Brentwood this evening and noticed the sun going down behind these hills.  I found the contrast of the timeless hills and the more modern antenna structures, both silhouetted by the vivid colors of the setting sun, to be interesting.  Since I had my camera it only seemed fitting to record it.

Nashville, TN - July 3 & 4, 2011

The problem I have shooting firework photos is that I only have a couple of areas that I can see the sky from my deck or driveway.  Needless to say most of the good aerial fireworks launch behind the trees where I can't see them, but usually there are a few that launch through the gaps in the trees.

Nashville, TN - April 9, 2011

I was at the Adventure Science Center tonight and took a few shots of downtown Nashville from the parking lot.

Pinnacle Financial Center

Union Station Clock Tower

Regal Cinema at 100 Oaks Mall
(yeah, I know it's like the one below but I like it)

Nashville, TN - July 3 & 4, 2010

Clear skies for two nights in a row this year.  Last year (scroll down) it rained on July 4 so I didn't get any photographs.  This year I got two good nights in a row.

The only problem is that there is one spot on my deck, no spots on my driveway, and no spots out front where I can see through the trees.  Needless to say most of the good aerial fireworks were going on right behind the trees where I couldn't see them.  Luckily there were several groups of people relatively close to me that were shooting right up through the gap in my trees.


Chihuly at Cheekwood - May - October, 2010
There is a display of Dale Chihuly glasswork on exhibit at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville from May through October.  The gardens are open on Thursday and Friday nights during the exhibit, and I just can't help going by there and grabbing some photos of the glass.  It is well lighted and blends in beautifully with the gardens.  At night it comes alive with a brilliance of its own while the garden flora fades into obscurity.

I've included a few photos below however there are number of others on This Page of my site.

Moon Phases - April 17 - ??, 2010
I've recently developed a moderate interest in astronomy.  Unlike most of my hobbies I don't expect this one to develop into a passion, but it is very interesting to look at the night sky through a telescope.  One of my requirements was that whatever telescope I got had to have provisions for connecting my cameras, and these are my first attempts with that combination.  The moon has been going from nothing to full the past few days (it is scheduled to be full on April 28) and I've been capturing photos of it through my telescope.

All photographs were taken with a Celestron SLT 1300 telescope using a 2x Barlow T-Adapter and a Nikon D-90.  The T-Adapter takes the place of the lens on my camera so there is no aperture adjustment, all exposures are at f/5.0 with an effective focal length through the telescope and 2x Barlow of 1,300mm (or a 35mm focal length of 1,950mm).

To try and give some scale to the photograph, and the size of the craters that are visible, the diameter of the moon is 2,159 miles and the average distance from the earth is roughly 235,000 miles.  Obviously some of the craters are enormous!

96% Waxing Gibbous Moon -- May 25, 2010 -- 1/125 second at ISO 800

This is a composite of two images and there is a faint division line on the left side of the image.

83% Waxing Gibbous Moon -- May 23, 2010 -- 1/125 second at ISO 800

This is a composite of two images and there is a faint division line between the top section and bottom section.

63% Waxing Gibbous Moon -- May 21, 2010 -- 1/250 second at ISO 800

First Quarter Moon -- April 21, 2010 -- 1/250 second at ISO 800

17% waxing crescent -- April 18, 2010 -- 1/60 second at ISO 800

This is a composite of three separate images.  The thumbnail to the left is a link to a 7 megapixel version of the photograph so it shows a good bit of detail.

13% waxing crescent -- April 17, 2010 -- 1/125 second at ISO 1600

This was my very first attempt at photography through my telescope.  I'm satisfied with the results but I think I can do better.

Nashville, TN - March 30, 2010
This photo of the moon was taken on March 30, 2010.  It wasn't "Colorized".  The moon was very low on the horizon when I took the photograph and the yellow tint comes from the light being diffused through the atmosphere.  It was shot with a Nikon D90 and 300mm lens.  1/125 second @ f/8, ISO 200.

Nashville, TN - March 27, 2010
Below are a few night shots from around Nashville.  The first two were taken right after sunset so there was still some ambient light from the sun left in the scene.

Adventure Science Center (Museum) at Dusk

South Nashville Skyline at Night

Regal Cinema - 100 Oaks Mall

Almost Full ...

Nashville, TN - July 3, 2009

Tonight was just the precursor to Independence Day but I still hoped to get a few fireworks photos.  Once it got dark someone a couple of miles away started firing them up through the gap in the trees.  Well, almost.  During the summer months I have one spot on my deck where I have a clear view of the sky.  In this case there was one tree between me and their launch site and they were launching right behind it.  I did manage to get a few decent shots though, and the tree actually adds some scale to the photographs.

All of these photos were shot with a tripod-mounted Nikon D60 and 200mm lens, ISO 400, and f8 with an exposure of anywhere from 3 to 10 seconds.  They were all cropped about half and then resized since they were shot from a considerable distance away.


Nashville, TN - March 5 & 18, 2009
Taken on March 5 & 18, 2009 these three photographs above show aircraft departing Nashville International Airport that flew over my home.  These aren't "Photochops", the only thing I did to them was adjust the brightness some.  The red glow at the right side of two of the photos is a Redbud tree that is just starting to bloom and it was a LONG exposure!

Nashville, TN - March 18, 2009
The two photographs below were taken on March 18, 2009 and are of traffic at the intersection below my home.  The disembodied "Tubes" that lights make always intrigue me.

Phoenix, AZ - February 5, 2009
The photo to the left was taken on February 5, 2009 in Phoenix, AZ.  It was the last evening of my week-long trip and the following day I was to catch an airplane back home.  Coming back from a motorcycle ride to the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, AZ we were treated to this spectacular sunset.  Perhaps it was just coincidental that the brightest sunset of the trip occurred on the last night I was there, perhaps the weather Gods were just saving the best for last.

Phoenix, AZ - February 4, 2009
The photographs below were taken at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ on February 4, 2009.  They show an exhibit of colored glass by Dale Chihuly and it was absolutely gorgeous both in daylight and at night.  There are more photographs of the exhibit on This Page.

Phoenix, AZ - February 3, 2009
The three photographs below were taken at South Mountain Park.  The photo on the right is of my two best friends in the entire state of Arizona.
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