I was viewing some photoblogs last night, and one site I visited had some great night shots posted (sorry... can't recall which site, but trust me, they were excellent photos!). It inspired me to grab my camera and tripod and drive down to the highway to experiment with some night photography. I have a lot to learn and figure practice makes perfect (or at least improvement). On the opposite side of the highway there is a radio tower or antenna of some sort, so that was my first target.
This next photo is just turning the camera directly towards the highway... the car lights become a single streak of light. Some stars are visible, and you can see the lights from 29 Palms Marine Base in the background.
The next photo was taken in the opposite direction from the highway... back toward the hills. Much less light from this direction, so I dropped the f stop a little and increased the exposure time to about 2 minutes.
I like the wispy clouds. A problem with these longer exposures is the stars move and start to look blurry.
Repeat photo from above, but I used a flashlight to lighten up the foreground. Kind of a fun effect.
Time to head home. Picture a very dark, beautiful night on a dirt road out in the desert in the middle of nowhere... so stopped the car to take a photo out the front window (hand-held long exposure, so a little shaky, but I like the photo). Enjoy the rest of your weekend!