We continue our celebration of #NationalPhotography month with a photo tip from BLM New Mexico's Sherman Hogue: "Let’s touch on night shots. You will need a tripod for sure but it is basically the same thing as a landscape during the day or early/late times of the day, except you will need to “paint” the subject of fore ground. “Painting” is taking a light source and illuminating your foreground (eye-catching) part of your image. During the long exposure of a night shot, say 20-28 seconds, you simply use a head lamp, car lights or a flash off camera and light your foreground. The time it takes to expose the foreground subject is going to vary. Get your exposure down for what you want the night sky part to look like, then with that set just adjust the time that you move the light around on your foreground. That is one key part, don’t hold the light painting source in one spot, move it around to make the edges of the light area soft and to get good coverage if your subject is on the larger side of thing. Last thing, HAVE FUN, don’t stress out about it and try new things. It never hurts to try!"
This photo features the Milky Way over the Mescalero Sand Dunes near Roswell, New Mexico. #mypubliclands #yourpubliclands #newmexico #southwest #sanddunes #roswell #photography #nightphotgraphy #milkyway #lightpainting #phototips #scenic #publiclands #recreation #getoutside #hiking #scenic #instagood #picoftheday