nikon d7000

My friend Angela and I decided to celebrate our nation’s birthday by going to Canada during the 4th of July weekend, heading to Montreal where the Swing Riot took place. I brought along two digital cameras with me and shot other dancers on the dance floor in between my own dances. This was my favorite image from the weekend, an enthusiastic lunge to conclude a song. Photo shot on a Nikon D7000 with a Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens.

Before I moved to Michigan, in 2011, I took an epic solo road trip in my 2009 Mazda MX5 Miata from Illinois to California and back. Along the way, I stopped by Arches National Park, arriving late in the afternoon, later than I had planned. Still, I wandered about the park as much as I could, trying to see everything. Before I knew it, the skies had become dark, and I was astonished to find out that there were no lights in the park, making it a great place to stargaze.

This was the first time I had ever seen so many stars in my entire life. I was awestruck. I attempted to take a picture of one of the arches against the stars, and this picture of my Miata waiting in the parking lot underneath the dark sky, and failed pretty miserably on all counts.

This was the best picture I took from that evening. As an image, it’s unremarkable, but as a milestone, it’s huge. I was off on a quest to shoot the night skies, and vowed to return to Arches National Park to shoot a nightscape shot worth printing. Five years later, I would return to Arches National Park in my ’66 Mustang.

Photo shot on a Nikon D7000 with a Tokina 11-18mm f/2.8 wide angle lens.