|Full moon rising over Mount Saint Nicholas, in Glacier National Park (c) John Ashley|
Astro-photography is not only an art form, but it's also a type of addiction. It's either too challenging and you give up, or you get totally hooked on it. And if you're an astro-addict like me, then you probably watched last night's "hangout" live, featuring a panel discussion by eight of the best astro-artists. Either that or you watched the YouTube version today after being out all night photographing the full moon. That would be me.
I spent the evening on snowshoes, atop six feet of snow on a mountain ridge, in order to place the moonrise against one of Glacier Park's snow-encrusted mountain peaks. To top it off, I stopped by Lake McDonald on my way home to shoot some test exposures with two new lenses. It was there, around midnight, that a local amateur showed up with his camera - he had also developed a night photography addiction, and was planning to be out until 3am. I shamelessly encouraged this behavior by introducing him to light painting.
It's comforting to know that there are people out there who appear rational, functional and otherwise normal, but who also feel this insatiable need to stumble around in the freezing darkness with a camera. I'm in good company.