Thursday, August 4, 2016

Two Ships Passing In the Night

Longtime readers know that when I am back home in Northlandia that I like getting up in the wee hours of the morning and heading to the river to take pictures of barges plying the Mississippi.  I like night pictures and the feeling of being the only one awake in the world beside that barge master.  Night has a whole different texture - the sounds of owls that drift across the water, the sky with its starry, moving light show.  I wonder if that owl can hear me breathing? 

Oddly I only made it down a couple times and that was when my stay was nearing its end.  I have two spots - New Boston and Keithsburg.  If there are other places that would afford me better views I'd go, but these two sites give me what I like - especially New Boston since it gives you a head-on view until they have to turn with the river.   

Experimenting with my settings is also a bit of a passion, so the quality varies according to my tinkering.  Finding the perfect shot with the perfect settings remains a pretty elusive endeavor.  But I'll keep trying.  Didn't go sky shooting at all this last trip and hope to do that on my next.  So here you have it - a beautiful summer night when all the world is asleep 'cept me and these barge masters. 

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