Last night I finally did something I have been wanting to do for 3 years now. Its something that can only be done about 6 (maybe 9) nights a year. Each night there is only maybe 8 hours of time that you can get really good shots.
The conditions are as follow.
- The subject is only "in the ideal position" for a few months of the year.
- Here in Texas, really the northern hemisphere, these months are not optimum because they are in the summer and warm nights cause haze and distortion in the images, but you do what you can do!
- There are only a 3 nights during this time frame when certain meteorological events take place in order to make the shot the most 'doable'. The new moon phase where it is completely in shadow provides the necessary lack of light. (really it could be as much as 3 nights, new moon night +1 on either side)
- During these nights, you must wait until it is dark, a good 2 hours after sunset starts to be good shooting. I would imaging this means that a good 2 hours before sunrise is the limit of the time you can do this.
That's the story. Well worth the 4hr's of driving, the fun hike up a giant rock with my ruck sack (camera bag) and sitting around waiting for a few hours.