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What to do after finding the most rare kind?
Single Exposure from a magically clear April new moon night!
Happy Milkyway Monday
I've said it before, and I'll say it again... there's just something special about shooting the Milky Way at the beach.
Shot earlier this year with @micah.fitch
Sony A9 + Sony A9 16-35 GM 2.8
This is the most minimally processed Milky Way image you'll ever see me post. But it is also the closest representation of what my eyes could see that night. I just like it because of the way the shack is glowing red from some brake lights 😊
So happy #milkywaymonday !
For next Milky Way season I am going to learn stacking; all of my photos up to this point have been single exposure, but with stacking you can get rid of a lot of the noise you see at high ISOs, and then I could also expose the foreground differently to show more detail. Also on the list of things to learn is how to use a tracker that would follow the rotation of the sky so that I can have a longer exposure of the Milky Way at a lower ISO; right now at a single exposure I am limited to about 18 seconds at 14mm before things start to get blurry because of the rotation of the earth, but with a tracker you can have a long exposure (3 minutes for example) to capture more of the Milky Way. So yea, I’m going down the rabbit hole that is astrophotography 🐇🕳🌌 (📷 from Day 4 at Lake Ellen Wilson from our backpacking trip across Glacier National Park, August 2018) #milkywaymonday#lakeellenwilson#glaciernationalpark#glaciernps#national_park_photography
A little throwback to early season Milky Way in Joshua Tree for #milkywaymonday
Looking back it was a truly memorable Milky Way season. I shot with over 70 talented photographers this year and had a blast. With the 3 bright planets visible almost all summer it made it truly unforgettable. At the same time I was able to visit so many awesome locations and experience fantastic conditions so many nights. I also worked on improving my technical skills, both shooting and post-processing. It was a great season of growth and just a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone for making it so memorable.
“There they stand, the innumerable stars, shining in order like a living hymn, written in light.” ~N.P. Willis
Happy Milky Way Monday! So beautiful in many ways. The stars remind me how small we are. They teach one how small our worries and problems actually are. They also show us how short and magnificent life is. A reminder to live fully while you’ve got this precious thing called life. You never know when it will be over. So get out there and live your dreams. Don’t forget to look up! What do the stars whisper to you?
Fun fact: “A glance up at the night sky reveals a broad swath of light. Described by the ancients as a river, as milk, and as a path, among other things, the band has been visible in the heavens since Earth first formed. In reality, this intriguing line of light is the center of our galaxy, as seen from one of its outer arms.”
One of my favorite parts of fieldwork is you. I get to meet amazing people. #HuntingtonBeach was no different, on the marsh boardwalk I met a lively quartet. Their smiles were brighter than the setting sun; I enjoyed chatting with these two couples. I bumped into them again as I headed to the beach to photograph the moonless night sky. Richard, the photo enthusiast of the group, pondered what there was for me to be photographing at night on the beach. On the east coast, the milky way is harder to see due to the light pollution however with a bit of luck and knowledge it can be found. This one is for you Richard, the milky way over the lights of Litchfield by the Sea
Pray for Malibu ————————🙏🏻 Caught the Milkyway Core over Malibu Lake while doing some night solo exploring of Malibu on June 2nd - was really stoked on the composition and potential for doing a timelapse here.
Heart goes out to the families that were rattled by this disaster and hope they pit that fire out soon before it takes more lives, homes, and beautiful hillsides from us.
The damage is devastating 💔
f 2.2 | 5s | 1600 iso | 24mm
⬅️➡️ “What Could Have Been” 🍀 I wrote a little about luck being involved with photography yesterday, and for #milkywaymonday I thought I might expand on it a little more with these 4 photos. These photos come from Day 1 of our backpacking trip through Glacier National Park in August. We camped by Red Eagle Lake for the night and I sat by the lake with my camera gear ready for the Milky Way shots that I wanted to get; except these clouds showed up exactly where the core of the Milky Way was 😒😞 Weather conditions can have a huge impact on how a shot turns out, and there is a running joke in astrophotography groups about how clouds show up precisely at the most inopportune time possible. The 4 photos are arranged chronologically, so you can see how the clouds (mostly) went away as the night went on and I was able to get a shot of the Milky Way core over the lake. So I was initially unlucky with the clouds, and then lucky that they went away; but I still didn’t have ideal weather conditions. The wind was blowing so the water had ripples, which prevented me from getting a shot with the reflection of the night sky in the water (like my night shots from Yosemite did) 😩😫😭Now I’m happy with the shots I got, but still in the back of my mind I know what could have been with ideal weather conditions. But being unlucky is part of the fun, because when you get lucky it makes that photo that much more special (also, people are more likely to become persistent if the rewards are inconsistent; think of a slot machine 🎰). All of this is to say that you make the most of the situation you are given, but that doesn’t necessarily take away the (in this case, slight) pain of knowing what could have been 🤷♂️ #redeaglelake#glaciernationalpark#glaciernps#mountainmonday#nationalpark#national_park_photography