Matt Payne's Images Will Give You a New Appreciation for Nature

Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne's nighttime photography is downright enchanting.

The images encompass elements of light and dark, motion and stillness, leaving the viewer with a dynamic, almost magical experience. Payne's style is achieved by using long exposures and composites, effectively brightening the night sky enough to capture the stars against it. The final result is so visually arresting, viewers won't be able to help but linger. Each photograph has the ability to bewilder and captivate, but more than that, they encourage the viewer to tap into a new appreciate for the natural wonders of the world.

Payne cites his experience in wilderness exploration as the reason he is able to find the extraordinary in seemingly ordinary moments of daily life. He hopes to continue to explore and share his vision.