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Daniel McVey talks nighttime photography

By Jessica Smith, brought to by Photography By Daniel McVey

While most of Summit County sleeps, Daniel McVey is outside, pointing his camera up at the night sky. The results are vast images of starry fields and constellations, often with familiar Summit landmarks in the foreground.

Aside from a black and white photography class in high school, McVey hadn't picked up a camera until moving to Summit 14 years ago. Originally from Philadelphia, McVey had been living in New Jersey when he decided his life needed a change of pace. That change was relocating to the Rocky Mountains, and included purchasing a little point-and-shoot camera just for fun.

"I bought the camera and found myself going on hikes and taking pictures, and all of a sudden, taking a few pictures turned into taking lots of pictures," McVey said with a laugh.

One night, McVey witnessed a particularly spectacular meteor shower above Boreas Pass, near Breckenridge. He knew he wouldn't be able to capture it with his current camera, so he resolved to buy better equipment and relearn the basics of a manual camera.

From that moment on, he worked to refine his photography skills.

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"I'm self-taught," McVey said, and that includes his nighttime techniques. "It was a bit of a trial and error process."

One of the most difficult aspects of shooting at night, McVey said, is the cold, and he's had his fair share of frozen fingers. But the end result is worth it.

McVey's subjects range from the Milky Way — often tinged with a greenish airglow, a nighttime phenomenon not usually visible to observers on Earth — to the full moon, and constellations like Orion and Scorpio.

"I love to shoot Venus," he said. "Venus is both the morning star and the evening star. It's the brightest object in the night sky after the moon."

McVey said he's seen a rise of interest in astrophotography, and offers private lessons.

McVey said he hopes viewers of his photography will take away with them an appreciation of the night sky.

"I think one thing we've lost as people is we're always looking down instead of looking up, now that we have smart phones and TVs and these kinds of things. Appreciate the night, appreciate the dark skies that we actually have here in Summit versus other places in the world."

EARTH AND SKY

Daniel McVey is the featured artist for this local exhibit

WHEN: Jan. 9 to April 30;

reception on Jan. 24 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Frisco County Commons,

37 Peak One Dr., Frisco

See more of Daniel McVey's photography online at http://www.Facebook.com/PhotographyByDanielMcVey.

McVey can be contacted on Facebook or by email at dmcvey75@gmail.com.

WHEN: Jan. 9 to April 30;

reception on Jan. 24 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Frisco County Commons,

37 Peak One Dr., Frisco