My friend, Buck Lewis and I attended the Festival of the Cranes at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Festival sponsors workshops for nature lovers and photographers, and we took advantage of one put on by Roman Kurywczak on Night Photography. The workshop took place at the Very Large Array, a National Science foundation-sponsored array of huge satellite dishes engineered to keep an eye on the sky. About 60 eager photographers lined up on a cold dark night to learn from Roman – and it was a real treat. He and his helpers taught us how to focus and train our cameras on the Milky Way, while they “painted” a satellite dish with light using a large flashlight. The accompanying photograph shows the remarkable result. I’m hooked, and will be trying this with a variety of subjects in the coming weeks!