Perseid Meteor Shower & Star Trails

August 12th, 2015

I decided to try and capture some of the Perseid Meteor Shower this year.  Instead of staying up all night with the good camera, I just stuck the GoPro outside and let it take 30-second exposures all night.  This allowed me to catch just a few meteors, and a lot of airplanes.  Since I captured the entire night, I removed all of the airplane shots and put together some star trails with the 4 meteors.

Kevin Heffner - Perseid Meteor Shower 2015

Kevin Heffner - Perseid Meteor Shower 2015

Kevin Heffner - Perseid Meteor Shower 2015

Kevin Heffner - Perseid Meteor Shower 2015

Kevin Heffner - Perseid Meteor Shower and Star Trails 2015

Milky Way Rising Over The Ocean

June 21st, 2015

Hilton Head Island - Milky Way - Kevin Heffner

August 21st, 2014

I have decided to start a new site that teaches the basics of photography.  As you can see from this site, I don’t share a lot about my pictures…I just post them and move on.  This may be the only post that has this many words in it, so don’t worry. On my new site however, I write way too much.  So if you want to read my rambling photo-jargon, go check it out.

As you can tell by the pictures here, I’m not a pro and I don’t claim to be.  I don’t really take pictures of people either.  My daughter is the cute exception to that rule, but I don’t post them.  However, I feel that I have learned quite a bit about photography over the years and would love to share some of that knowledge with anyone interested in reading it.  There are plenty of sites that do this, however a lot of them are very technical and can easily scare people away.  My goal is to not do that.  I get scared away by all of that, and I want to make it easy.  I do my best to explain things without going into all the formulas and highly technical explanations.  I want people to use their cameras and get the most out of them.  In my opinion, that means switching out of the Automatic mode, hence the name Going Beyond Auto.

I want to make creative photography fun and easy and that is what I try to do on that site.  Now, I just started this a couple months ago and told nobody about it except my wife.  Until today, I’m pretty sure that I am the only one to have visited the site or read the content.  I wanted to at least have a few articles out there before I told people about it.  However, with nobody knowing about it, I also haven’t forced myself to post more.  So today I decided to post it on Facebook…what was I thinking?  I don’t care if you like it or even look at it.  I’m doing it for fun and the hope that maybe I help somebody else learn a little about photography.

This is officially the longest written post on this site, so I’m done.  Here are the links:

Also on Facebook and Twitter.

The Center of the Milky Way

July 30th, 2014

I have finally captured the visible band of our galaxy!  While the actual center of the Milky Way is behind the trees, this is by far the best shot I have captured.  I even got a shooting star in this one.Kevin Heffner - Milky Way _MG_2806


I thought this picture had some great detail, even if I did capture an airplane and power line.
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Stopping Motion – Humming Bird

July 12th, 2014

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