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String Lake Milky Way at Grand Teton National Park

Of all the times I have photographed the night sky, shooting the Milky Way at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park has to be one of my top highlights.

Words alone can’t describe the peacefulness encountered that evening as I was sitting on a rock at the edge of the lake in complete darkness, watching the stars and Milky Way reflected in the still water at 2am.

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I had photographed in this location a number of times in the daytime and as such I had a pretty good feeling this spot would pay off in the nighttime as well. Getting there at night sure is a little harrowing driving along roads in complete darkness looking out for any elk, deer, foxes, or any other animals that might want to dart out in front of you. I kept my speed at 35-40mph, even though the limit was 45mph, just to be safe (as I usually do while driving through the Tetons and Yellowstone at night).

One other safety tip if you decide to go photograph there especially at night – don’t forget to bring your bear spray!

How I Photographed This

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An Hour at Night at the John Moulton Barn in the Tetons

I just returned from 2 nights of Milky Way photography in Grand Teton National Park and 1 night in Yellowstone during a new moon.

Weather conditions were perfect for me with little clouds which provided a fantastic view of the night sky.

On my second evening out, I spent almost 5 hours at the famous Moulton barns in the Tetons. One shot I wanted to get was a very long exposure of the stars above the Tetons with one of the barns in the foreground.

This photo is the result of my efforts. It shows an elapsed time of one hour, and it is a combination of 15 photos each 4-minutes in duration from approx. 12:44am to 1:44am.

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Here is how I photographed it

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Free Webinar Wednesday June 8 with Aurora HDR

UPDATE:

The webinar has already happened and you can watch a recording of it here:

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FREE WEBINAR
 
Join me this Wednesday, June 8 at 10am PST during a FREE live webinar I am presenting with Macphun regarding Aurora HDR.
 
You have to register for the webinar and you can do that here on this page.
I will be showing off some of my favorite tools and tricks using Aurora HDR software. Watch, learn, and ask questions during this 1 hour live event!
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Watch My Newest Online Photo Class for FREE with Aurora HDR Pro

I am very excited to announce the availability of my newest online photo class – and this one is completely FREE!

Last month both a cameraman and a producer from Skillshare flew out from New York to Arizona to film me out in the field and behind the computer using Macphun’s Aurora HDR software. In the online class (there are 2 classes by the way, with the second one being released in a week or 2) I talk first about techniques for shooting HDR photos in the field, and second, processing those photos in Aurora HDR.

If you ever wanted to learn how to shoot multiple exposures for HDR photos as well as process them in the best HDR software out there, this class is for you!

Not only is this class available for free, but you will also receive 3 free months of access to Skillshare’s 1,000’s of online classes by using the link in this email!

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My online class, titled Intro to HDR Photography: Shooting and Editing High Dynamic Range, already has over 1,000 students and is the top trending class on the entire Skillshare website – and it has only been available for half a day! 

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If you are not a member of Skillshare, use this special link to sign up for FREE and enjoy 3 months of access to my course and 1,000’s of others. And keep an eye out for Part 2 of my HDR class, where I will talk much more about editing in Aurora HDR.

Feel free to also share this post with anyone else you think might enjoy either my HDR online class and/or 3 free months of access to Skillshare!


Watch my interview next week in the ON1 Pro Series

Yesterday I was interviewed by ON1’s Matt Kloskowski for their upcoming ON1 Pro Series which will feature short talks and video demos from myself and other really cool photographers.

 

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In the interview Matt and I talked about things such as what I see happening in the next 5 years with photo processing, my feelings regarding how much or how little one can do to an image in post processing, what tool for post processing I would like to see that hasn’t been developed yet, and more!

In addition to the interview there will also be available a short video showing how I work with a RAW photo in Capture One Pro and really make the photo come to life in ON1 Photo 10.

In the first week of the series I join fellow pro photographers such as Hudson Henry, Blake Rudis, Scott Wyden, Scott Davenport, Frank Salas, and Liz LePage. Be sure to sign up and start watching the videos next week.

ON1 announces ON1 Photo 10, drops Perfect Photo Suite name

ON1 yesterday officially announced the successor to Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 and gave a timeline as to when it will be available.

It is being called the next generation of Perfect Photo Suite and along with that comes a name change to ON1 Photo. The entire program has been reworked and it promises seamless app integration, up to 4x faster performance, fast module switching, an integrated mobile workflow, modern user interface, require less memory, and will still include all of the essential ON1 photo editing tools.

You can read more about ON1 Photo 10 here. Pre-ordering is now available and the program is expected to be available late October.

My ON1 Photo 10 Training Course

I can’t wait to start using this new version and as soon as I can I will be posting my thoughts and reviews. I will also be working on a new training video for Photo 10 and expect to have it available shortly after it’s release. Contact me and mention ON1 Photo 10 Training Course if you want to be one of the first to have access to my new training videos AND receive special savings and benefits. In the meantime you can save up to 40% on my 6-hr Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 training video. Current students of my 9.5 course will be able to upgrade to my Photo 10 course with a savings of at least 50%.

 

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Here is the full press release from ON1:

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