One of my hobbies besides writing is taking pictures. I especially enjoy using a camera to capture images the human eye cannot see. Primarily, this involves night photography. You can open the shutter of the camera for a long time so that what little light is present turns into something bright and strange and beautiful on the final product. Here is an example of what I mean . . .
|(Water overlook, around Midnight)|
|(Same location as above, during the day)|
Another fun thing that you can do with night shots is play with flashlights. Check these out . . .
|(A little out of focus—but still fun with the flashlight)|
|(Running up the stairs while spinning a flashlight)|
|(Running across a bridge, with a flashlight)|
Taking picture of people at night is really, really hard because you either have to use a flash (which can work, but can also look foreign) or you have to hold really, really still. This next one worked out pretty well . . .
|(I'm on the right side. Your right side, as you look at it now)|
Another thing you can do with long exposures is change the direction the camera is facing midway through the shot, and then you get a picture that looks like this . . .
Since the moon was full, it was more difficult taking pictures of the stars. That's probably my favorite part of night photography, but it's pretty tricky to pull off. First, it's really hard focusing the camera in the dark. Next, if you want the long swirls you get from stars, you need to open the shutter for a looooong time (even though you can get slight swirls after a minute or two). But if you pull it off, it's quite surreal. It's easy to forget that the world is spinning, but when you see a photo you just took remind you of this fact, it's strangely humbling. I just look at the viewfinder and smile.
|(Somewhat out of focus, but still pretty cool)|
|(Waterfall at night)|
|(Steam rising from a stream in the moonlight)|
I believe knowing the hobbies of an author can enrich the experience of reading their work, although, I suppose, sometimes it's funner to figure it out simply by reading what they write!
Anyway, at least this way you get to see some unique pictures.