About Lonely Speck

On Photographing the Milky Way on Vimeo

Hello and welcome to Lonely Speck!

We are Ian Norman and Diana Southern, a married couple with a passion for photography and travel.

Ian Norman and Diana Southern

Lonely Speck is the home of our night photography and astrophotography adventures. It’s a project to help us learn as much as we can about photographing the Milky Way and sharing those experiences with others so that they can learn how to do it, too.

Here you will find our best efforts to impart our own knowledge of dark sky photography to you. We pride ourselves on the hundreds of images all of you have created and shared with us using the tutorials and articles on Lonely Speck. We hope that you will find as much satisfaction using the tools here as we have had creating them.

We hope that you will join our small community and share your experiences with us. Subscribe to our email list, share your images on our Flickr group, follow us on Facebook, and read about our travel adventures on our travel blog.

Check out our meet-ups and workshops page for more opportunities to connect with us!

Wishing you clear dark skies and happy photographing.

–Ian & Diana

41 Replies to “About Lonely Speck”

  1. Just found your site and looking to gain new knowledge in the area of astrophotography. I currently have my classic Minolta X700 35mm camera and was wondering if a 35mm camera can photograph the skies as well as a digital. Also, in your intro video, I noticed you use a tripod. What tripod do you recommend and do you use a remote to snap the photo?
    Thanks for sharing your site and looking forward to some useful info on your site.

  2. I recently attended your tutorial on Meteor Shower. I also used the PhotoPills app to make a plan. When I went to shoot at the location per plan there were no showers. Can you help me figure out what went wrong?

  3. Ian looking at the sharp star filter which would work nicely on most of my lens. Any thoughts on how to use it with the rokinon 14 mm 2.8 this lens has a bulb lens and a attached lens hood. The website tutorial Look great

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