With 80% of the world never having seen the milky way with their own eyes, due to light pollution. Did you ever stop to think about how simple it would be to reduce light pollution? All you have to do is turn off your lights outside, or have more efficient lights and we could reclaim our night skies. And in turn, it would create a snowball affect as less lights, means less power needs, which mean less pollution all around.
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It’s been an incredible honor to make the shortlist of this years, Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest. In less than two short weeks I finally find out the results of the winners. Seeing this clip by one of the judges make me realize that all the hard work and dedication to mastering my craft has been worth it.
Another fun shot from the Galleta Meadows in the Anza-Borrego desert. This Jeep and the people in it are metal sculptures created by Ricardo Breceda. I used a spot light from behind the Jeep to make it look like it’s headlights were on.
Can you recognize anything in this shot? This was my very first tracked shot ever, shot January 24th, 2015. I was up on Yosemite Point and wanted to test out the tracker before trying to use it in the morning on the milky way. The green dot in the center of the frame was comet Lovejoy.
Last night I watched The Dawn Wall documentary about Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson free climb up the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The story is really one about Tommy’s life and overcoming obstacles and his true friendship with Kevin. It was an amazing story of perseverance that everyone should watch even if you’re not into climbing. Anyway, I wanted to repost this this shot of the milky way rising over half dome because not only was this the first time I tried shooting the milky way in January. But it was actually eleven days after Tommy and Kevin successfully climbed the Dawn Wall on El Capitan. I could totally relate to Tommy overcoming so many obstacles and turning to the Dawn Wall for healing as I turned to night photography in a very similar way.
What would you say if I told you that I’m finally planning night photography workshops for 2019? How about a couple in the spring with extra emphasis on night panoramas? Many of you may not realize, but night photography panoramas are actually one of my specialties, unfortunately due to the whole crop aspect ratio thing I don’t get to share them on here in a way that does them any justice. If you’d be interested in learning more about these workshops feel free to shoot me a direct message.