We are excited to present Stephen DiRado’s dazzling nighttime photographs, mostly featuring the Hale-Bopp comet. A versatile artist, who also is a portrait, documentary and still life photographer, he has spent years perfecting his nighttime work. Mr. DiRado (born 1957) lives in Worcester, Massachusetts where he is on the faculty of Clark University. His photography has been exhibited and published many times, mainly in New England.
His black and white prints (in editions of 50) are 8 x 12 inches in size on 24 x 20 inch ragboard, priced at $600.00. 15 x 22 inch prints on 25 x 30 inch ragboard are priced at $1,200.00.
(Prices rise as the editions sell out.)
Technical information: Stephen DiRado made these photographs using two cameras, a Nikon 6006 mounted with
a 28mm, F2.8 lens and a Minolta CL rangefinder mounted with a 40 mm, F2 lens.
The film of choice was Kodak TMAX 3200, exposed for 30 seconds with the lens
aperture wide open. Along with this equipment he carried a tripod, cable
release and a small flashlight (for walking around in
unfamiliar areas). All these images were made away from city lights, on
Martha's Vineyard or rural parts of Massachusetts.
(Click your mouse on the images below to enlarge them.)
Comet Hale-Bopp, East Chop Lighthouse, Oak Bluffs, MA, March 9, 1997, 4:30 a.m. EST
Comet Hale-Bopp, Oak Bluffs, MA, March 17, 1997, 4:45 a.m. EST
Comet Hale-Bopp, Lamberts Cove Beach, West Tisbury, MA, April 4, 1997, 9:40 p.m. EST
Comet Hale-Bopp, Spencer, MA, April 30, 1997, 9:35 p.m. EDT
Comet Hale-Bopp, Tisbury Meadow, Tisbury, MA, April 4, 1997, 7:40 p.m. EST
Comet Hyakutake, 1996B2, Looking North by Northwest, Edgartown, MA, March 24, 1996, 4:20 a.m. EST (now $600.00)
Comet Hyakutake, 1996B2, Observed with Venus and Pleiades, Spencer, MA, April 18, 1996, 9:10 p.m. EDT
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