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Pinyon Tree and Milky Way – Zion National Park, Instagram post date: 03-15-2017

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Photo taken at: Zion National Park

Photo Caption: “Pinyon Tree and Milky Way” – Zion National Park – Utah – I photographed this last fall during my annual fall foliage photo workshop at @zionnps in Utah.
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I brought my students out to the popular pinyon tree in the east side of the park and placed a light off camera to the left to shine on the tree and sandstone.
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It took quite a few trips running up and down the the sandstone to get the correct exposure balance between the light on the rock & tree along with the Milky Way.
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I processed this photo in Capture One Pro and stylized it in Luminar from @macphun .
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An Hour at Night at the John Moulton Barn – Grand Teton National Park, Instagram post date: 03-13-2017

Grand Teton National Park, Instagram post date:

Photo taken at: Grand Teton National Park

Photo Caption: “An Hour at Night at the John Moulton Barn” –
I photographed this at the John Moulton Barn at @grandtetonnps. It is a combination of 15 four-minute exposures showing a total elapsed time of 1 hour. .
Because there was no moon, the only light I had hitting the barn was from the stars and the occasional car headlights nearby that would add a touch of light to the scene. .
The orange glow you see in the photo is a result of light pollution on the other side of the Tetons in Idaho. The green color above the mountains is from airglow.
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Joshua Tree Starry Night, Instagram post date: 02-06-2017

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Photo taken at: Joshua Tree National Park

Photo Caption: “Joshua Tree Starry Night” – photographed at @joshuatreenps. Stars light up the sky and a rising moon provides the foreground light in this nighttime 40 minute long exposure. I scouted this location earlier in the day, finding a subject and composition I liked, and hiked out later in the evening in the dark with a flashlight to the same spot to create this image.
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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!

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