Last weekend, I went to New Mexico to visit a friend and I had to make a stop at the Inn of the Mountain Gods where she had had gotten married last summer. We started to walk around the lake and I wanted to get directly across the lake from the Inn to photograph the Inn straight on with the milky way behind it, but it was fenced off. I had to settle for this off to the side shot and it was hard because the lights on the side of the Inn were super bright so I had to take multiple exposures to underexpose the Inn and blend them together in Photoshop.
9 shots stacked in SLS at f\2.0, 10 sec., ISO 3200
2 shots at f\8 and f\22, 10 sec., ISO 3200 to tone down some of the lights in the foreground
Sony A7RII, 28 mm f\2
Last week, @kaydenphan and I drove to Death Valley to meet up with @tracyleephotos, who was coming from SoCal. The salt flats were way less perfect this year than last year. I think all the crazy weather we had destroyed their perfectly smooth centers and nicely raised hexagonal rims. We had to walk quite a bit farther than usual before we could find these semi-decent formations. And of course, the moon was annoyingly right next to the milky way, clouding its visibility with the bright light. We had two choices...either wait for the moon to set and then get a better milky way photo with the improved darkness, or accept the photo as it was with the moon in it and head out to Zabriskie point to get a second composition. We opted for option 2. It's crazy how different the weather was at 2 different locations in the same park - super calm at the salt flats and super windy at Zabriskie!
For those who do not know, my home is in Las Vegas. My heart goes out to all the victims and their loved ones. I am so incredibly moved by the outpouring of support from our community as people come together to donate blood, food, services, and help out in any way that they can. After thousands of donations, the blood banks are full and turning away additional donors (but invite you to come back in the future as the shelf life of blood is only 5 days). Cox has opened up all Wi-Fi networks. Uber has been giving free rides to the blood banks and hospitals. Boyd, Station Casinos, and Southpoint all opened their hotels for free to family member of those injured or killed in the tragedy. The Las Vegas gofund me account has already raised 1.2 million dollars in donations to help victims. Caesar's has a line of trauma counselors pouring in from all over to help those in need...and so much more. #prayforlasvegas#communitycomingtogether#love#stopthehate
I love going on spontaneous milky way adventures! This was a quick 16 hour total trip out and back with @tracyleephotos and @kgoujon. After work, we hopped in the car and drove 3 hours to Cathedral Gorge State Park, set up our hammocks at our campsite, and scoped out a location to shoot the milky way later that night. While Kevin slept peacefully in his hammock, Tracy and I headed back out to our earlier pre-determined location and set up as the moon started to set. There was just a sliver of moonlight and we rushed to capture as many photos we could using the moon's light to capture the foreground, but we were also fighting with the clouds rolling in and covering the milky way. Of course, after the moon set and the foreground was all dark, the clouds completely disappeared, unveiling the whole milky way. I was lucky enough to get this shot with a little bit of moonlight left to illuminate the foreground and a small break in the clouds to reveal the milky way.
Sony A7RII, Rokinon 14 mm f/2.8, 20 sec., ISO 4000
11 images stacked in SLS, processed in PS and LR