As a landscape photographer, I have always been fascinated by the night sky. I remember laying on top of a container as a twelve-year-old, starring at the stars and dreaming about floating around in space. That was the first time I realized just how small we are and my mind started exploring all these new places in my head.

I don’t think my life ever was the same after that night.

Night photography is a fascinating genre of landscape photography but it’s also more demanding. You’re working in the pitch black and need to think differently than what you would otherwise. The settings change. Your approach to the composition change. Everything changes.

But with practice comes perfection, which is exactly what the photographers featured below have achieved. I hope you enjoy these 7 nightscapes as much as I do and that you use them as an inspiration to go out and photograph the night sky yourself.

#1 Counting Stars by Michael Shainblum

Counting Stars by Michael Shainblum on 500px.com
Image by Michael Shainblum / www.shainblumphoto.com

#2 Scene From a Climber’s Dream by Paul Zizka

Nightscape photography by Paul Zizka on 500px.com
Image by Paul Zizka / www.zizka.ca

#3 Restless Soul II by Stratos Gazas

RestLess SouL II by Stratos Gazas on 500px.com
Image by Stratos Gazas / 500px.com/stratosgaz

#4 Dog Rocks by Jonathan Sander

Dog Rocks by jonathan sander on 500px.com
Image by Jonathan Sander / 500px.com/jonathan-sander

#5 Lavender Field & Milky Way I by Jesús M. García

Lavender Field & Milky Way I by Jesús M. García on 500px.com
Image by Jesús M. García / www.jesusmgarcia.es

#6 River Guardians by Arild Heitmann

River Guardians by Arild Heitmann
Image by Arild Heitmann / www.arildheitmann.com/

#7 Sleeping Dolomites by Martin Pfister

. : sleeping dolomites : . by Martin Pfister
Follow Martin Pfister / www.500px.com/martin-pfister

As I’m drooling over these images, I find myself looking at the forecast hoping for clear nights ahead. I’m ready to go out and photograph the stars now. Are you?

Do you have any nightscapes you’re proud of? Make sure to share them with us in a comment below!