Brian Chapman

There is a sense of wonder surrounding all photographic experiences at night. What kind of animal makes that sound? Are there black bears or grizzlies around here? Why is someone else on the beach in this weather…and why are they walking toward me? But it’s the other kind of wonder – the unpredictability of all the elements that must come together at once to make a great image – that makes night photography so exciting.

About the Photo: This is a photograph of a tree probably familiar to everyone who has stopped at the main view point on Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park. There are very few times in my photographic experience when I’ve felt like the stars (and the moon in this case) were all aligned – this is definitely one of those times.