Seasons of the Sky- Seeking Orion
As the seasons come and go some of the biggest changes are ones that we rarely take the time to notice. One of my favorite changes happens in the night sky above us. Each spring I eagerly look up in hopes of catching a glimpse of the milky way, an amazing addition to any astrophotography shot. When I do, I know that summer is fast approaching and with it the long days and short nights that I love so much.
As the beautiful colors of fall peak and pass, the earth tilts, and the glorious milk way galaxy falls out of view. (well really it is somewhere in the sky during daylight, but I can't seem to see through the bright sun?...) With this change I began to look for other unique night sky phenomenon to photograph. A friend recently asked if I would get a photograph of the Orion constellation for him. After a bit of research I found out that Orion was best viewed during the cold months of winter, and so a new subject was added to my ever long list of projects.
My mind can be very resistant to change, as it were I was feeling rather sad that I would have to wait until next spring to get any good shots of the milky way again. But change is inevitable and rather than resist it I pushed on towards something new, and what I discovered is quite a new challenge. Orion has its own small nebula's and the distance to that constellation makes photographing them quite tricky.
Here are a few of my adventures in Seeking Orion.