Night Landscapes | northern California landscape photographer

Getting out early in the morning to photograph a location always entails arriving there long before I want to shoot.  It takes time to set up gear and find the compositions that are most appealing to me before the sun rises. So, I always come away with night landscapes in addition to my intended subject. I like to take a few (okay, quite a few) ‘practice’ images before the light appears in order to capture what I went for.

In the first image, my intention was in fact to photograph the Milky Way. It’s the end of the season for the best images of the MW given the tilt of our Earth. But it’s always engaging to capture those distant stars. My bonuses for this one are the shooting stars and that amazing aurora.

With the subsequent images, the stars begin to fade as the sun rises changing night into day. And, finally, that gorgeous alpen glow lights the tops of the Grand Tetons. As you can see, my position and camera angle are adjusted a bit in these.

I’d love to know which one is your favorite! So, please comment below.



Night Landscapes  |  Grand Tetons, WY


night landscapes of Milky Way and aurora

Aperture: ƒ/2.8 | Focal length: 16mm | ISO: 3200 | Shutter speed: 20s |


night landscape at SchwabacherAperture: ƒ/2.8 | Focal length: 35mm | ISO: 2000 | Shutter speed: 20s |

night landscape at SchwabacherAperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 35mm | ISO: 3200 | Shutter speed: 8s |

pre-dawn landscape at SchwabacherAperture: ƒ/13 | Focal length: 35mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/2s |

Alpen Glow on the Grand Tetons at SchwabacherAperture: ƒ/14 | Focal length: 35mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/3s |

Enjoy a wonderful day!



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Nadeen Flynn is an award winning northern California portrait and fine art photographer. Living in the greater Sacramento area, she specializes in high school senior and teen portraits as well as fine art landscape and still life photography. Nadeen’s style is authentic, fresh and personality-driven. This retains the timeless features of photography that create family heirlooms. She offers in-person workshops and mentoring. Currently living in rural northern California with her husband and a couple thousand walnut trees, she is a proud owner of Canon photography equipment.

Currently booking 2018 high school seniors, couples, and family portraits. Locations include Yuba City/Marysville, East Nicolaus, Wheatland, Lincoln, Woodland, Roseville, Rocklin, and Sacramento areas.

(530) 633-7575

Aperture: ƒ/2.8 | Focal length: 16mm | ISO: 3200 | Shutter speed: 20s |

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Nadeen Flynn - Thank you so much, Iris! My favorite seems to change each time I view them. 😉

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Iris - Well, they are all gorgeous, Nadeen. But if you want me to pick a favorite, I would say number 2. I love the hint of reflection and stars surrounding the mountain range. Just amazing!!!