Chasing the starry night. I was eager to try out a wide open aperture on a dark, starry night, so I was happy to accompany my friend Ronda to Manitou Lake on Saturday night. Man, it was cold! As always, it was a mix of fun and frustrating. I had forgotten some of the tips I’d learned, most specifically to bring a laser pointer to help with focus. Also, the brightest stars turned in to big blobs of light while the others practically disappeared. And I could tell immediately that the 50mm would start the trailing long before the 30 seconds. So, here is the best of my results. And a pocketful of lessons-learned.