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This week’s Fan Photo of the Week was made by Brian Drourr in Vermont with the Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 lens.

Zen Barn

260 source shots were stacked for this powerful nightscape. © Brian Drourr.

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This shot is was taken beginning around 11pm and going to about 2am of an old weathered barn that I found on the Colchester/Milton VT line. This barn has seen better days and as you can see had a big section of the exterior and roof missing allowing me to align the image so that the star trails through the “window” in the barn. I was fortunate that I was able to use the headlights of passing cars to light paint he barn and silo to bring out some exterior details as well. You never know quite how the trails will turn out when you set it up as you don’t see the final product till it’s all stacked so I aligned the North Star as true over the barn as I could while still getting a view through the holes.  Then I let it all go for a few hours while I took a nap. The Image was shot at 10mm F4 30″ ISO1600. I used 260 individual source images for this shot. I used StarStax, a free downloadable program for this image.

I am a third generation photographer. Some of my earliest memories are of my playing with my fathers Nikon FM3. I have been taught and learned as much from actually taking photos and getting out there as I have in formal photographic training. I attempted to carry my love of photography and adventure together over the years a my photographic style evolved, and have always sought to bring that “sense of being there” to all of my images. I hope to bring the same sense of awe and amazement that I experience when I am out shooting to my audience. Ha! to think I have an audience? Thanks to social outlets such as the PhotoTips Group, where I am a moderator, and the Sigma USA Facebook pages I am able to get my images out there in a way and to more people than my predecessors could have ever imagined. Within hours of posting Zen Barn, the images featured in this blog literally thousands of people had viewed, shared and commented on it.

I don’t get to shoot full time, I have a day job as a social worker in a level 1 trauma center, I have an amazingly supportive wife and a soon to be 4 year old. None of those ingredients make for having much time during daylight  hours for photography. Faced with a dark reality, I did what any self-respecting photographer would do: I searched Google for night photography. the first piece I saw was a short video tutorial by Ben Canals and the next was a “starry night sky” shot from Arches NP by Dave Kingham and I knew I was hooked. I found my Sigma 10-20mm at my local camera shop and got an intervalometer as well, and there was no looking back. After gaining some chops and trigger time under the milky way I found Steven Christenson’s Star Circle Academy and Lincon Harrison’s Star trails work and I knew I was even more hooked. There was no turning back from the night sky! Aside from the occasional wedding gig to help cover gear costs and the occasional sun set, I can’t remember the last time I took a day time photo. I am hooked on finding light in dark places and I would have it no other way!

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  1. Congratulations Brian!