Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The North Star and Balancing Rock

Just a quick post to share two photos from an rare cloudless night in mid-February out at Palisades State Park, near Garretson, SD. It was an incredible night of star watching by myself in the silent, windless space between the cliffs. I was working on learning star photography as well as star time lapses. Below are a couple of my favorite shots from the night (click on the image for a larger file to view and thanks for looking):

The starry hosts above.

This is a long exposure of the North Star (Polaris) above the Balancing Rock Formation. The light bleeding in is from lights of Garretson, just a few miles to the northeast.


Shane said...

I must say I'm really impressed by your photos. I'm from Sioux Falls as well and I seen your picture on National Geographic and was suprised that a photo from palisades was on there, then found your blog and as an inspiring photographer, really made me want to go out and take pictures.
Keep up the good work!

Christian Begeman said...

Thanks Shane. I do what I do because it is therapeutic for me to exercise a creative outlet like photography... but it is also fun to see if other folks like what I like. I appreciate the kind words!