Rob Lovato@roblovatophotography

http://thirdeyespiral.com/

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So this happened last night. I have been seeing a lot of bioluminescent waves & decided to find a good vantage point where there was a lot of action, this is right next to the Rocky Creek bridge. I set the camera on a time-lapse for about 5 minutes then took about 20 images of the brightest waves and stacked them to create this. No matter how many times I’ve seen these beautiful waves, they still mesmerize me.
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Tech:
Canon 6d, Rokinon 24mm 1.4
Sky: 10 sec, f1.4, 5000 iso, stacked 10x
Foreground: 10 sec, f1.4, 5000 iso, 20 images stacked
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#bigsur #bioluminescence #milkyway #rockycreekbridge #rawcalifornia #wildcalifornia
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Big Sur, California
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In between leaving the Four Corners area and making my way to Boise for the eclipse earlier this summer, I had a week to explore so I headed for central Utah. At the suggestion of @dniquephoto, I decided to add Goblin Valley to my list of stops and I’m sure glad I took her advice. I spent the whole afternoon hiking around and exploring the giant mushroom valley, thinking to myself that this would be a great place for an epic game of hide & seek! I only had one night here so I was concerned about the cloud cover that came in right before sunset, but thankfully after I set my lighting and took my foreground shots the clouds cleared and the universe revealed herself to me.
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Tech:
Canon 6d, Sigma (24-70) 24mm f2.8
Sky: 10 sec, f2.8, 10,000 iso
Foreground: 10 min, f2.8, iso 100, lit by a GoalZero lantern
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#goblinvalley #hoodoos #utah #desert #amazing_longexpo

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Goblin Valley State Park
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One of the goals of my summer road trip was to revisit my old stomping grounds, as well as new places, to shoot the Milky Way. I also planned on summiting at least one more 14er while I was in SW Colorado. (google what a 14er is if you’re not sure) The summer monsoons kept me from shooting many nights, yet I was optimistic that I could get this shot if everything worked perfectly, and it pretty much did. I had a few peaks in mind but Handies was the “easiest” to get to over 4x4 roads in my 2WD Tacoma. After arriving at camp, my doubt about the weather changed every 30 minutes as the clouds and storms rolled in and out. We got half way up the mountain to Sloan lake about an hour before sunset & hung out while we watched two storms come towards us and split with clear skies behind them. We figured this was our window, so with another 1200 vertical feet to go, we went for it. On the way up we witnessed the setting sun silhouetted by peaks of the Rockies, my son likened it to a scene from Mordor. We reached the top just after sunset & began the wait for total darkness. We didn’t spend too much time shooting but still felt like we got what we wanted so we put our head lamps on and headed back down 2500 feet and 5 miles to camp. This was my 4th 14er and my son’s first, I would say we did it in epic fashion.
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For some behind the scenes photos, swipe over to see my son and I with our Tacomas at Cinnamon Pass with Handies peak in the distance behind us. In another shot Paul is texting his girlfriend that we were ok since he had signal, and lastly “Mordor”.
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Tech:
Canon 6d, Sigma (24-70) 24mm f2.8
Sky: 10 sec, f2.8, 10,000 iso, stacked 10x
Foreground: 10 min, f2.8, iso 200
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Silverton, Colorado
14

I’ve been back home from my summer road trip for a few weeks now. On my first chance to get to Big Sur & shoot, mother nature welcomes me home with a little, no a lot of bioluminescent waves. After dark I realized I was going to have to wait a couple hours for the Milky Way to get into position for my planned shot, so I decided to drive down the mountain & see what else it was lining up with. I noticed some odd lights in the water near Kirk creek campground & initially thought it had to be scuba divers because I could see it from so far up the mountain. I decided to drive all the way down to check it out and to my surprise there were these bright waves up and down the coast. I spent the next 4 hours partially shooting and partially just staring and getting mesmerized by these beautiful lights on the water, complimented by the amazing night sky. At one point I heard a loud slapping noise coming from the ocean, I imagined it was a whale hitting the top of the water to make the phytoplankton light up because they enjoy it just as much as we do.
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Tech:
Canon 6d, Sigma (24-70) 24mm f2.8
Sky: 10 sec, f2.8, 10,000 iso, stacked 10x
Foreground: When you’re there the bioluminescent waves look bright white but the camera shows them as blue. This isn’t one wave, it’s a series of waves captured over time & layered on top of each other. 8 images to be exact: 10 sec, f2.8, 10,000 iso
Foreground #2: One more image for the pampas grass in the front: 5 min, f2.8, 2500iso, lowered opacity to not take away from the waves
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#bigsur #california #bioluminescence #milkyway #wildcalifornia #monterey

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Big Sur, California
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89 days, 11,574 miles, 8 or 10 or something states, countless camp sites, cool people, amazing experiences, all redefining my definition of the term “home”. On this particular night, my home was Muley Point in Utah. I’ve had this shot in mind for a couple of years, it just worked out on this trip that I was there when the Milky Way sat beautifully in the sky posing for me. In the foreground are the canyons of Goosenecks of the San Juan and in the distance is Monument Valley, you can see forever from up here. Not a bad front yard for the day.
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Tech:
Canon 6d, Sigma (24-70) 48mm f2.8
Sky: 10 sec, f2.8, 10,000 iso, stacked 10x
Foreground: 5 min, f2.8, 3200 iso
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#muleypoint #glencanyon #utah #milkyway #monumentvalley

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Muley Point, Utah
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Every once in a while my computer reminds me how long it’s been since I’ve done a backup, 64 days now. That’s how long i’ve been on the road living out of my truck. I’ve been so many places, done so many things, met so many people and spent so much time with family that I haven’t had time to get home sick. Well it finally hit over the weekend. I was backpacking the Chicago Basin in Colorado & for some reason the green lush mountains were reminding me of Big Sur in the spring. It’s my favorite time to be there and this past spring was unique because there were no crowds or traffic because of landslides blocking off most of the area. This area of “pink carpet” is right next to the highway for anyone to see, but this April night at 3am felt like I had all of Big Sur to myself. Can’t wait to get lost in El Sur Grande again!
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Tech:
Canon 6d, Sigma (24-70) 48mm f2.8
Sky: 10 sec, f2.8, 10,000 iso, stacked 10x
Foreground: 15 min, f4, 800 iso
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#bigsur #california #pinkcarpet #highway1 #wildbayarea #wildcalifornia #rawcalifornia

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Big Sur, California
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I’ve been inspired by all the panoramic Milky Way shots from other photogs so I’ve been attempting my own for a while. I think I finally figured out my technique with this one, not only shooting in the field but the stitching process as well. This was taken at the Sand Flats campground outside of Moab on our way back from Yellowstone earlier this summer.
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Tech:
Canon 6d, Sigma (24-70) 24mm f2.8
Sky: 20 sec, f2.8, 6400 iso
Foreground: 3 min, f2.8, 3200 iso
18 shots stitched in Photoshop
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#moab #sandflats #utah #visitmoab

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Moab, Utah
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Another shot from my SW Colorado touring, this is a sweet camping spot that my son and I found outside of Ridgeway near Silver Jack Reservoir. I’ve seen these cliffs from Hwy 550 several times, finally took the time to drive out there and explore. The whole drive up to Owl Creek Pass we could see the mountains we wanted to shoot but there were tons of trees & not much of an open space. I kept thinking to myself “ok, we need an opening, with a camp site that we can shoot from”, and not too long afterwards we rounded a corner and found this beautiful meadow covered in skunk cabbage, talk about the power of manifestation! We set up camp & right after sunset we started a fire just for effect. I gave my son my old Canon t3i & this was our first weekend out where I got to teach him everything I know about astrophotography. Lesson one, never turn on your headlamp during a long exposure, but sometimes it works out perfectly like it did here with the skunk cabbage and baby aspens in the foreground. I always feel privileged to be able to go out into the wilderness & shoot such beautiful scenery, it’s even more special when I get to spend that time with one of my kids!
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Tech:
Canon 6d, Sigma (24-70) 24mm f2.8
Sky: 10 sec, f2.8, 10,000k iso, stacked 10x
Foreground: 3 min, f2.8, 5000 iso, accidentally lit by a headlamp
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Ridgway, Colorado
3

Seems like i’ve been on a traveling binge lately. A month ago today I woke up in Kauai and since then I’ve been to the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Moab, Santa Fe and now the San Juan mountains in Colorado. Many times when I’m out in nature this thought comes to mind that most people I know, and probably a lot that I don’t know would enjoy the experience that I’m currently having. Not to toot my horn, but with an attitude of gratitude I thank all of you that live vicariously through me :)
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This 3 month long road trip I’m on has special significance. I’m taking the time this summer to revisit some of my old stomping grounds in SW Colorado. I came into my own in my early 20’s backpacking in these mountains and in the last several years of my photo adventures i’ve thought about many places I’d like to go back & shoot. This was on the top of my list, Taylor Lake at Kennebec Pass. I arrived at the top of the pass with just enough daylight to get my stuff together & hike to the top of the ridge above the lake. Snow pack prevented me from getting all the way to the top but I was able to shoot the right angle from the trail, at 12,000 feet. I’ve had this image in my head for 3-4 years and it looks exactly how I imagined it, something rare indeed.
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Tech:
Canon 6d, Sigma (24-70) 24mm f2.8
Sky: 10 sec, f2.8, 10,000k iso, stacked 10x
Foreground: 10 min, f2.8, 400 iso
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#taylorlake #kennebecpass #laplatacanyon #coloradotrail #colorado #visitdurango #visitcolorado

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La Plata, Colorado
9

A few weeks ago while camping and shooting in Big Sur, I had some words come to mind. My reality is decided by me. This last week in Ohau and Kauai have got me thinking about my reality and the choices I’ve made in life. I am grateful that my choices include getting charged by experiences in nature. Like last night in this dark, quiet corner of Kapaa Kauai a few steps from the place I was staying. The clouds were in and out so I had an opportunity to leave the camera off for a while & just take it all in. Charge complete.
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Tech:
Canon 6d, Canon (16-35) 16mm f2.8
Sky: 10 sec, f2.8, 10,000k iso
Foreground: 10 min, f4, 400 iso
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#coconutbeach #kapaa #kauai #hawaii

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Kapaa, Hawaii
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Since most of Big Sur is closed off and the open place are not convenient to get to now, there are no crowds and a few empty camping spots. I was able to pull up & get a beautiful spot at Limekiln S.P. on a Friday night, which never happens. That allowed me to easily walk up the road, through the locked gate & shoot at places that would normally not be safe because of traffic. Such a surreal experience. The softness of this image reminds me of the peace and quiet that is currently occupying my happy places in Big Sur.
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Tech:
Canon 6d, Sigma (24-70) 24mm f2.8
Sky: 10 sec, f2.8, 10,000k iso, stacked for N.R.
Foreground: 15 min, f4, 800 iso
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#hwy1 #limekilnstatepark #bigsur #california #wildcalifornia #rawcalifornia #wildbayarea #milkyway

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Limekiln State Park
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