Night photography is hard and we can't afford to become complacent in our approach. On this particular occasion I wanted to test some new ideas and concepts, as well as try using some different focal length lenses. The bonus for me was to spend some relaxing time out under the stars ... just me with a few sheep and possums.
The difficult part of perfecting night photography is making the time to actually get out and shoot. There are just so many other things to do during the evenings and so it has to be prioritized. Plan ahead and make time to scout out prospective locations during the daylight hours. Then when you go out at night you won't be wasting valuable time trying to decide what and where to shoot.
Try to stretch yourself with your night photography, learn all you can about the subject, find like minded people who can help you along the way. Sometimes we fall into patterns with photography. This can be a good thing, we know what to do and therefore know how to achieve a certain image. On the other hand we can find ourselves frustrated when we don't get the results we'd hoped for and this is the main reason for people giving up on the night photography dream.
I know from first hand experience that persistence and practice are the best character traits to demonstrate, especially in the early stages on the nightscape journey. Persistence will drive us to succeed, we don't want it to beat us ... no matter what.
But practice is the key to success ... if we learn as we go along. Once we begin to capture great images we need to keep getting out there, keep taking shots, try different settings and lens combinations. Research what others are doing and see if this fits your personal style ... it may not, and that's ok but the point here is to keep trying to improve on your work as time goes by.
Compare this years work to what you produced last year and assess what improvements you have made.
"On Location" Nikon D750 85mm f2 10 second exposure ISO 2000
But be warned, you may just get hooked ... I know I am.