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2014-05-23 22:22:27 (25 comments, 30 reshares, 215 +1s)Open 

Meteor Shower Tonight
It could be a good one, "meteor storm" is the term I have heard used more than a few times.  NASA says "Scientists are anticipating a new meteor shower, the May Camelopardalids. No one has seen it before, but some forecasters have predicted a meteor storm of more than 200 meteors per hour". Still considering where to go to try to watch and photograph it. +Garry McCarthy had a killer idea for a spot, its high risk in the sense the viewing may be clouded out, but if it works it will be a unique shot.  Got the shot below last summer in Yosemite during the Perseid meteor shower. More info here: http://www.landscapeastrophotography.com/perseid-meteor-shower-milky-way-half-dome-and-yosemite-national-park/ Cheers!
#meteorshower   #astrophotography   #starrynight    #camelopardalismeteorshower  

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2014-04-25 15:31:37 (18 comments, 59 reshares, 158 +1s)Open 

Happy WORLD PENGUIN DAY!
Photographed near Brown Bluff, Antarctica Peninsula, 2009.   More Antarctica images here: http://www.oceanlight.com/antarctica_photos.html  #WorldPenguinDay #penguins   #antarctica  

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2014-07-08 04:35:40 (9 comments, 23 reshares, 231 +1s)Open 

Andromeda galaxy, Milky Way and Bristlecone

This tree, now dead, is probably 2000 - 4000 years old. The light from the Andromeda galaxy, the oval shape seen within the branches of the tree, took about 2.5 million years to reach my camera. Both notions make me feel pretty small. White Mountains Wilderness, Inyo National Forest. 10 seconds, ISO 6400, f/1.4. This tree is something of a superstar because its just a short walk from the parking lot and doesn't require a trip on the dirt road.  The time lapsers love it. Cheers! #astrophotography   #milkywayphotography   #nightphotography  

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2015-07-08 15:47:17 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Oak Alley Plantation, with its remarkable double row of 300-year-old southern live oaks (Quercus virginiana) is, I imagine, a near-ideal vision of what the old South once was. I photographed this amazing tunnel of oaks at both dusk and dawn and, after contemplating the images for a few weeks, have decided the light I had in the morning was perfect, sublime. After the sun rose it side-lit the trees beautifully. Since it had to pass through heavy, wet Louisiana air the light was just diffuse enough that it filled in the shadows of the trees. I was alone the entire morning, enjoying listening to the cicadas and watching the squirrels move about the trees and over the lawn. Perfect.  This image will print 36″ x 60″.  More here, along with a ultra-huge, ultra-wide panoramic version:   http://www.oceanlight.com/log/beautiful-oaks-and-perfect-sunrise-at-oak-alley-plantation.html

Oak Alley Plantation, with its remarkable double row of 300-year-old southern live oaks (Quercus virginiana) is, I imagine, a near-ideal vision of what the old South once was. I photographed this amazing tunnel of oaks at both dusk and dawn and, after contemplating the images for a few weeks, have decided the light I had in the morning was perfect, sublime. After the sun rose it side-lit the trees beautifully. Since it had to pass through heavy, wet Louisiana air the light was just diffuse enough that it filled in the shadows of the trees. I was alone the entire morning, enjoying listening to the cicadas and watching the squirrels move about the trees and over the lawn. Perfect.  This image will print 36″ x 60″.  More here, along with a ultra-huge, ultra-wide panoramic version:   http://www.oceanlight.com/log/beautiful-oaks-and-perfect-sunrise-at-oak-alley-plantation.html___

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2015-07-06 16:19:23 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I have been photographing kelp forests in California with a passion for 25 years, from the Mexican border on up to Monterey including all the Channel Islands. Usually when I go diving in kelp its to San Clemente Island, which arguably has the most beautiful underwater scenery anywhere in California. In doing so I have bypassed the large tracts of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) just offshore of La Jolla and Point Loma because the water is just not as clear as I would like in those places. During the last couple years, however, the kelp forests at San Clemente Island have thinned out incredibly due to overly warm water, while those along the coast are still thick and healthy. Recently while out with a friend on his boat, I was able to do a little freediving in the kelp beds just off Point La Jolla and managed to get some nice photographs. The light was great, the visibility “good enough” and I wasrem... more »

I have been photographing kelp forests in California with a passion for 25 years, from the Mexican border on up to Monterey including all the Channel Islands. Usually when I go diving in kelp its to San Clemente Island, which arguably has the most beautiful underwater scenery anywhere in California. In doing so I have bypassed the large tracts of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) just offshore of La Jolla and Point Loma because the water is just not as clear as I would like in those places. During the last couple years, however, the kelp forests at San Clemente Island have thinned out incredibly due to overly warm water, while those along the coast are still thick and healthy. Recently while out with a friend on his boat, I was able to do a little freediving in the kelp beds just off Point La Jolla and managed to get some nice photographs. The light was great, the visibility “good enough” and I was reminded again just how beautiful a healthy kelp forest is. As is done with most of my underwater photography, these images are made with only the available light — no strobes or tricky equipment. In other words, this is what you would see if you put on a mask and fins and went for a swim off in the kelp beds off Alligator Head or Children’s Pool. Cheers, and thanks for looking!___

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2015-07-05 17:00:32 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Dusk falls over Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana. If you want to see more of this genteel old southern mansion and its stately oaks, see my blog: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/oak-alley-plantation-tunnel-of-old-oak-trees.html Cheers!

Dusk falls over Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana. If you want to see more of this genteel old southern mansion and its stately oaks, see my blog: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/oak-alley-plantation-tunnel-of-old-oak-trees.html Cheers!___

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2015-07-04 20:03:37 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The Del Mar Fair — or, for noobs, the “San Diego County Fair” — has some great lights at night. My favorites are the ferris wheels and whirling rides. This year I added a new image to my collection, one in which the full moon is rising above the fairgrounds. A little bit of time exposure lets the moving rides trace out cool circles in the air like a Spyrograph. Cheers and thanks for looking!

The Del Mar Fair — or, for noobs, the “San Diego County Fair” — has some great lights at night. My favorites are the ferris wheels and whirling rides. This year I added a new image to my collection, one in which the full moon is rising above the fairgrounds. A little bit of time exposure lets the moving rides trace out cool circles in the air like a Spyrograph. Cheers and thanks for looking!___

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2015-06-01 14:41:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This aerial panorama of Torrey Pines Golf Course will print huge: up to about 4′ high and 10′ wide! In the center is seen Torrey Pines Golf Course south course, with the north course to the left. I played Torrey Pines often when I first moved to La Jolla and it is as beautiful on the ground as it looks from the air. Dominating the scene are the 300′ tall seacliffs that characterize the coastline from Torrey Pines State Reserve south to Scripps Institute of Oceanography. To the right is seen Torrey Pines Glider Port on the mesa, and Black’s Beach at the base of the seacliffs. Interstate 5 is seen in the center distance along with University City, Del Mar to the extreme left and Mount Soledad and La Jolla to the extreme right. I am often asked if I used a drone to shoot my aerials. The answer is “no”: I am always holding the camera in all of the photography I do. Someday I will probably use adrone but w... more »

This aerial panorama of Torrey Pines Golf Course will print huge: up to about 4′ high and 10′ wide! In the center is seen Torrey Pines Golf Course south course, with the north course to the left. I played Torrey Pines often when I first moved to La Jolla and it is as beautiful on the ground as it looks from the air. Dominating the scene are the 300′ tall seacliffs that characterize the coastline from Torrey Pines State Reserve south to Scripps Institute of Oceanography. To the right is seen Torrey Pines Glider Port on the mesa, and Black’s Beach at the base of the seacliffs. Interstate 5 is seen in the center distance along with University City, Del Mar to the extreme left and Mount Soledad and La Jolla to the extreme right. I am often asked if I used a drone to shoot my aerials. The answer is “no”: I am always holding the camera in all of the photography I do. Someday I will probably use a drone but with my current interests and gear, I have greater control and can produce a higher quality image if I am in the air with my camera. Besides, its fun to fly, and I don’t want a drone to have all the fun. It was exciting making this panorama, hovering over some of the most beautiful coastline in all of California. If you like this, see more of my aerial panoramic photographs. Cheers, and thanks for looking.___

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2015-05-31 16:30:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

I dive in Southern California and Baja California, and one of the most appealing things about the underwater landscapes I see are the many species of marine algae. Marine algae cover the reefs in most places with a lush, colorful, vibrant carpet of life. Following are photos of some of the more common and beautiful forms of marine algae found underwater along the Pacific coast of Southern California and Baja California. Descriptions are from Wikipedia. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all marine algae, nor is it meant to be an identification guide — it is simply to show the variety and beauty of my favorite types of marine algae. Cheers and thanks for looking!

I dive in Southern California and Baja California, and one of the most appealing things about the underwater landscapes I see are the many species of marine algae. Marine algae cover the reefs in most places with a lush, colorful, vibrant carpet of life. Following are photos of some of the more common and beautiful forms of marine algae found underwater along the Pacific coast of Southern California and Baja California. Descriptions are from Wikipedia. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all marine algae, nor is it meant to be an identification guide — it is simply to show the variety and beauty of my favorite types of marine algae. Cheers and thanks for looking!___

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2015-05-30 23:08:35 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I was recently diving at San Clemente Island. The profound lack of giant kelp forests was a striking contrast to what I am used to seeing over 25 years of diving at the island. Under ideal conditions, giant kelp can grow about 2′ per day (the fastest growing plant on Earth), but it does require relatively cool water to really flourish. In 2014, water temperatures were higher than normal, leading to poor growth conditions. The kelp has not recovered, and if an El Nino that is predicted to occur in 2015 comes to pass, it is almost certain to cause whatever kelp forests are at the island to recede considerably. Here are two images, from above the southeastern tip of the island (”Pyramid Head”) looking northwest along the axis of the island, shot in September 2010 (top, healthy thick kelp forests appear in brown, from Pyramid Cove in upper middle around Pyramid Head point and up the eastern side of theislan... more »

I was recently diving at San Clemente Island. The profound lack of giant kelp forests was a striking contrast to what I am used to seeing over 25 years of diving at the island. Under ideal conditions, giant kelp can grow about 2′ per day (the fastest growing plant on Earth), but it does require relatively cool water to really flourish. In 2014, water temperatures were higher than normal, leading to poor growth conditions. The kelp has not recovered, and if an El Nino that is predicted to occur in 2015 comes to pass, it is almost certain to cause whatever kelp forests are at the island to recede considerably. Here are two images, from above the southeastern tip of the island (”Pyramid Head”) looking northwest along the axis of the island, shot in September 2010 (top, healthy thick kelp forests appear in brown, from Pyramid Cove in upper middle around Pyramid Head point and up the eastern side of the island) and July 2014 (almost total absence of giant kelp forests).  Cheers and thanks for looking!___

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2015-05-11 16:51:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

This is a highly detailed aerial panoramic photo of the southern end of Point Loma, with Cabrillo Monument and both old and new lighthouses visible. The original Cabrillo lighthouse is seen atop the bluff, while the new lighthouse is down near the water’s edge next to the green lawns. North Island Naval Air Station and San Diego Bay are seen in the distance over the top of the peninsula. The submarine reefs of Cabrillo State Marine Reserve are clearly visible through the clear water. The Coronado Strand stretches off to the right (south) toward Mexico, while the broken coastline of Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs stretches off to the left (north). This high resolution panorama will print 40″ high by 90″ wide. If you like this, please see more of my aerial photos of San Diego. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

This is a highly detailed aerial panoramic photo of the southern end of Point Loma, with Cabrillo Monument and both old and new lighthouses visible. The original Cabrillo lighthouse is seen atop the bluff, while the new lighthouse is down near the water’s edge next to the green lawns. North Island Naval Air Station and San Diego Bay are seen in the distance over the top of the peninsula. The submarine reefs of Cabrillo State Marine Reserve are clearly visible through the clear water. The Coronado Strand stretches off to the right (south) toward Mexico, while the broken coastline of Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs stretches off to the left (north). This high resolution panorama will print 40″ high by 90″ wide. If you like this, please see more of my aerial photos of San Diego. Cheers, and thanks for looking!___

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2015-05-06 15:48:55 (14 comments, 38 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

One of the images I wanted to add to my collection of San Diego aerial photos was a very wide, very detailed image of the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge.  The result is this panoramic photo of the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge, suitable for printing 50" by 100″ wide with no interpolation.  For more details: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/aerial-panorama-of-the-san-diego-coronado-bay-bridge.html  Cheer and thanks for looking!

One of the images I wanted to add to my collection of San Diego aerial photos was a very wide, very detailed image of the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge.  The result is this panoramic photo of the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge, suitable for printing 50" by 100″ wide with no interpolation.  For more details: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/aerial-panorama-of-the-san-diego-coronado-bay-bridge.html  Cheer and thanks for looking!___

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2015-04-30 04:17:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Panoramic aerial photograph of La Jolla Cove and Scripps Parks (center), with La Jolla’s Mount Soledad rising above, La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Caves to the left and the La Jolla Coast with Children’s Pool (Casa Cove) to the right. The undersea reefs of Boomer Beach are seen through the clear, calm ocean waters. This extremely high resolution panorama will print 50″ high by 130″ long with no interpolation. If you like this, be sure to check out my always growing gallery of San Diego photos.

Panoramic aerial photograph of La Jolla Cove and Scripps Parks (center), with La Jolla’s Mount Soledad rising above, La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Caves to the left and the La Jolla Coast with Children’s Pool (Casa Cove) to the right. The undersea reefs of Boomer Beach are seen through the clear, calm ocean waters. This extremely high resolution panorama will print 50″ high by 130″ long with no interpolation. If you like this, be sure to check out my always growing gallery of San Diego photos.___

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2015-04-28 16:02:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Aerial Panorama of La Jolla’s Bird Rock, with surfers in the water at lower right. Submarine reefs, characteristic of the La Jolla coast, can be seen through the clear water. Mount Soledad rises above everything. This 180-degree panorama extends from Camp Pendleton in the extreme distance to the north to Point Loma in the south. The resolution of this image will permit it to be printed 80″ high by 200″ wide with no interpolation.  More details on my blog post: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/aerial-panorama-of-bird-rock-and-the-la-jolla-coastline.html

Aerial Panorama of La Jolla’s Bird Rock, with surfers in the water at lower right. Submarine reefs, characteristic of the La Jolla coast, can be seen through the clear water. Mount Soledad rises above everything. This 180-degree panorama extends from Camp Pendleton in the extreme distance to the north to Point Loma in the south. The resolution of this image will permit it to be printed 80″ high by 200″ wide with no interpolation.  More details on my blog post: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/aerial-panorama-of-bird-rock-and-the-la-jolla-coastline.html___

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2015-04-26 17:39:47 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I recently made a special flight with my pilot friend Steve Parker in collaboration with Lighthawk. Lighthawk’s mission is “to accelerate conservation success through the powerful perspective of flight”. On this flight, we were trying to produce new aerial images of several Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along the San Diego coastline for organizations involved with these MPAs to use in their outreach, conservation, research and legislative efforts.

I recently made a special flight with my pilot friend Steve Parker in collaboration with Lighthawk. Lighthawk’s mission is “to accelerate conservation success through the powerful perspective of flight”. On this flight, we were trying to produce new aerial images of several Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along the San Diego coastline for organizations involved with these MPAs to use in their outreach, conservation, research and legislative efforts.___

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2015-04-12 19:22:06 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-05 19:23:24 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Lunar Eclipse photos, April 4 2015 from Joshua Tree National Park - http://www.oceanlight.com/log/lunar-eclipse-april-4-2015-from-joshua-tree-national-park.html

Lunar Eclipse photos, April 4 2015 from Joshua Tree National Park - http://www.oceanlight.com/log/lunar-eclipse-april-4-2015-from-joshua-tree-national-park.html___

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2015-02-25 02:10:56 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I am starting to post my images from a fantastic safari experience in Kenya in September, and searched on the term “elephant” in my own stock files and found these three came to the top. I immediately thought “Elephants (Three Different Ones)”. Yes, I am a Pink Floyd fan, naturally. And no I don’t mean that kind of pink floyd. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

I am starting to post my images from a fantastic safari experience in Kenya in September, and searched on the term “elephant” in my own stock files and found these three came to the top. I immediately thought “Elephants (Three Different Ones)”. Yes, I am a Pink Floyd fan, naturally. And no I don’t mean that kind of pink floyd. Cheers, and thanks for looking!___

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2015-02-18 16:21:14 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

President’s Weekend was nice here. The rest of the country is freezing, yup that’s pretty bad. Southern California is in the midst of a bad drought and our Sierra Nevada is missing its usual snowpack which is going to hurt in the coming months, but at least the warm winter makes for clear skies and very nice temps. Here are a couple photos from President’s Day’s weekend, all depicting a few of my favorite scenes and all including the Pacific Ocean which was flat calm and glassy much of the time. Cheers and thanks for looking.

President’s Weekend was nice here. The rest of the country is freezing, yup that’s pretty bad. Southern California is in the midst of a bad drought and our Sierra Nevada is missing its usual snowpack which is going to hurt in the coming months, but at least the warm winter makes for clear skies and very nice temps. Here are a couple photos from President’s Day’s weekend, all depicting a few of my favorite scenes and all including the Pacific Ocean which was flat calm and glassy much of the time. Cheers and thanks for looking.___

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2015-02-17 06:18:32 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Wikipedia describes the origins of wind surfing in the 1940s and 1950s. It couldn’t be more wrong. Millenia before, sea birds and their ancestors plied the oceans, riding the updrafts of surf, waves and sea swells to gain efficiency and a free ride. My favorite practitioner of this skill is the pelican (the wandering albatross is a close second), which I have been watching cruise the coastline of my southern California home with a graceful effortlessness for my entire life. This winter I made it a goal to shoot some images of brown pelicans surfing and skimming waves. Here are a few of my favorites, photographed in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar and La Jolla. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

Wikipedia describes the origins of wind surfing in the 1940s and 1950s. It couldn’t be more wrong. Millenia before, sea birds and their ancestors plied the oceans, riding the updrafts of surf, waves and sea swells to gain efficiency and a free ride. My favorite practitioner of this skill is the pelican (the wandering albatross is a close second), which I have been watching cruise the coastline of my southern California home with a graceful effortlessness for my entire life. This winter I made it a goal to shoot some images of brown pelicans surfing and skimming waves. Here are a few of my favorites, photographed in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar and La Jolla. Cheers, and thanks for looking!___

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2015-02-13 05:12:34 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

I saw Wild Kingdom in action yesterday: killer whales preying upon California sea lions. Classified as Biggs transient orcas, these individuals are well known (CA51) for terrorizing other marine mammals along the Southern California coast. “Biggs transients” are one of four distinct populations ...

I saw Wild Kingdom in action yesterday: killer whales preying upon California sea lions. Classified as Biggs transient orcas, these individuals are well known (CA51) for terrorizing other marine mammals along the Southern California coast. “Biggs transients” are one of four distinct populations ...___

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2015-02-07 23:31:53 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Some birds from this morning in La Jolla: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/la-jolla-birds.html

Some birds from this morning in La Jolla: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/la-jolla-birds.html___

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2015-02-07 04:09:38 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Once in a while I will photograph seagulls. I really should spend more time on them, since they can at times be beautiful in the right light and when in good condition. Unfortunately, gulls often they look like crap, and when I see them out on the water I invariably think “sky rat”. I only photograph the ones I see in La Jolla, so along with the Heermann’s Gull I posted about a few days ago, I also like the Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis). Hopefully in a few months I’ll have more images of this gull to add to my collection. Cheers, and thanks for looking.

Once in a while I will photograph seagulls. I really should spend more time on them, since they can at times be beautiful in the right light and when in good condition. Unfortunately, gulls often they look like crap, and when I see them out on the water I invariably think “sky rat”. I only photograph the ones I see in La Jolla, so along with the Heermann’s Gull I posted about a few days ago, I also like the Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis). Hopefully in a few months I’ll have more images of this gull to add to my collection. Cheers, and thanks for looking.___

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2015-02-04 16:51:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

This Royal Tern (Sterna maxima) manages a Exorcist-worthy head twist as it reaches for a small bug. See the tiny black bug? La Jolla, morning. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

This Royal Tern (Sterna maxima) manages a Exorcist-worthy head twist as it reaches for a small bug. See the tiny black bug? La Jolla, morning. Cheers, and thanks for looking!___

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2015-02-02 03:40:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

The sun sets over the Garden of the Gods in Arches National Park, Utah. Garry McCarthy and I were in Utah for a few days of hiking and night photography. While we shot the sunset from this scenic point we bumped into night photography great Brad Goldpaint, a nice guy and exceptional photographer who was teaching a night photography workshop. It was a fine sunset which we followed it up with some night photography of nearby Balanced Rock and Double Arch. If you like this please check out more photos from Arches National Park. Cheers and thanks for looking!

The sun sets over the Garden of the Gods in Arches National Park, Utah. Garry McCarthy and I were in Utah for a few days of hiking and night photography. While we shot the sunset from this scenic point we bumped into night photography great Brad Goldpaint, a nice guy and exceptional photographer who was teaching a night photography workshop. It was a fine sunset which we followed it up with some night photography of nearby Balanced Rock and Double Arch. If you like this please check out more photos from Arches National Park. Cheers and thanks for looking!___

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2015-01-29 03:07:09 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

I have made a few photographic sequences of lunar eclipses, including several of the total lunar eclipse of April 15 2014 (version 2, version 3). I wanted to do something similar for the October 8 2014 lunar eclipse, but did not have the freedom to go photograph out in the desert where the air was likely to be clear. On the evening of the eclipse conditions were iffy, and down on the beach the air was heavy and wet so the pier was out — it was on the verge of turning to fog. Up on the mesas above and inland from the beach the air was much clearer and drier but still the shooting looked iffy, I was not sure the eclipse would even be visible. As it turned out I was able to get the images for which I was hoping, although things were not as clear as I probably would have found in the desert...

I have made a few photographic sequences of lunar eclipses, including several of the total lunar eclipse of April 15 2014 (version 2, version 3). I wanted to do something similar for the October 8 2014 lunar eclipse, but did not have the freedom to go photograph out in the desert where the air was likely to be clear. On the evening of the eclipse conditions were iffy, and down on the beach the air was heavy and wet so the pier was out — it was on the verge of turning to fog. Up on the mesas above and inland from the beach the air was much clearer and drier but still the shooting looked iffy, I was not sure the eclipse would even be visible. As it turned out I was able to get the images for which I was hoping, although things were not as clear as I probably would have found in the desert...___

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2014-08-06 16:46:39 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

Bristlecone pines, clearing storm and the night sky, partial moon and milky way, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest. For details see: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/ancient-bristlecone-pine-trees-and-the-night-sky-milky-way.html Cheers! — at Inyo National Forest.   #milkywayphotography   #astrophotography   #nightphotography   #landscapephotography  

Bristlecone pines, clearing storm and the night sky, partial moon and milky way, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest. For details see: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/ancient-bristlecone-pine-trees-and-the-night-sky-milky-way.html Cheers! — at Inyo National Forest.   #milkywayphotography   #astrophotography   #nightphotography   #landscapephotography  ___

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2014-07-18 00:45:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Great image (as usual) and some thoughts that bear considering...

A man once came to me on the day of his birthday feeling all depress and told me how he was feeling down, he couldn't stand the fact that he was getting older, that his best days were behind him and wasn't really looking forward to see what life has in store for him. This man had just turned 26....we really need to understand the amazing power of our thoughts and the effect it has on our lives. The day we start thinking we are old is the day we will become old, The day we start thinking we are poor the day is the day we will be poor and the day we start thinking we are unhappy is the day we will be unhappy. Today I am celebrating my 44th birthday and I feel AWESOME!!!, I am Young, I am Grateful and I am Happy. I know the best is yet to come, still so many exciting places to visit, so many incredible experiences to live, so many wonderful people to meet. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for being there for me for all these years, I am truly grateful and blessed to have met all of you through the power of social medias and wanted to share the fact that you are a big part of making me who I am today. Thank you for all your comments, Thank you for all your +  , thank you for all your shares and most of all thank you for listening when I had something to say....Like MJ said it so well...Love never felt so Good <3
Title: Forever Young 
Location: Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada 
Equipment: Nikon D800E, NIKON 14-24, Formatt Hitech Filters,  ___Great image (as usual) and some thoughts that bear considering...

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2014-07-08 04:35:40 (9 comments, 23 reshares, 231 +1s)Open 

Andromeda galaxy, Milky Way and Bristlecone

This tree, now dead, is probably 2000 - 4000 years old. The light from the Andromeda galaxy, the oval shape seen within the branches of the tree, took about 2.5 million years to reach my camera. Both notions make me feel pretty small. White Mountains Wilderness, Inyo National Forest. 10 seconds, ISO 6400, f/1.4. This tree is something of a superstar because its just a short walk from the parking lot and doesn't require a trip on the dirt road.  The time lapsers love it. Cheers! #astrophotography   #milkywayphotography   #nightphotography  

Andromeda galaxy, Milky Way and Bristlecone

This tree, now dead, is probably 2000 - 4000 years old. The light from the Andromeda galaxy, the oval shape seen within the branches of the tree, took about 2.5 million years to reach my camera. Both notions make me feel pretty small. White Mountains Wilderness, Inyo National Forest. 10 seconds, ISO 6400, f/1.4. This tree is something of a superstar because its just a short walk from the parking lot and doesn't require a trip on the dirt road.  The time lapsers love it. Cheers! #astrophotography   #milkywayphotography   #nightphotography  ___

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2014-06-28 05:22:02 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Palomar Observatory under the stars. The dome is kept closed during the warmth of the day and the interior is maintained at a cool temperature near that of the night air so that temperature-differential air currents (in other words, weather inside the dome!) does not form when it is opened at sunset. You can just make out some of the optics of one of the world's most capable and accomplished telescopes peaking through the opening. Palomar Mountain, California — at Palomar Mountain State Park.

Palomar Observatory under the stars. The dome is kept closed during the warmth of the day and the interior is maintained at a cool temperature near that of the night air so that temperature-differential air currents (in other words, weather inside the dome!) does not form when it is opened at sunset. You can just make out some of the optics of one of the world's most capable and accomplished telescopes peaking through the opening. Palomar Mountain, California — at Palomar Mountain State Park.___

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2014-06-10 15:10:33 (10 comments, 15 reshares, 131 +1s)Open 

Lunar Eclipse over Juniper and Standing Rock
Blog: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/lunar-eclipse-sequence-juniper-and-standing-rock-joshua-tree-2014.html
For the eclipse of April 14/15, 2014, I wanted to depict the course of the eclipse across the sky with some recognizable landscape features in the foreground to anchor the composition. As the day of the eclipse went by, I watched the weather reports and decided Joshua Tree National Park would be a good place to shoot, since it was forecast to have clear skies. I have been shooting various spots in JTNP at night in an effort to produce a collection of nice landscape astrophotography images. I knew two locations in particular had orientations that would work well for the eclipse, which was going to occur almost due south. In 2011, Garry McCarthy and I shot original compositions at Arch Rock and the Juniper and Standing Rock incorporating the... more »

Lunar Eclipse over Juniper and Standing Rock
Blog: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/lunar-eclipse-sequence-juniper-and-standing-rock-joshua-tree-2014.html
For the eclipse of April 14/15, 2014, I wanted to depict the course of the eclipse across the sky with some recognizable landscape features in the foreground to anchor the composition. As the day of the eclipse went by, I watched the weather reports and decided Joshua Tree National Park would be a good place to shoot, since it was forecast to have clear skies. I have been shooting various spots in JTNP at night in an effort to produce a collection of nice landscape astrophotography images. I knew two locations in particular had orientations that would work well for the eclipse, which was going to occur almost due south. In 2011, Garry McCarthy and I shot original compositions at Arch Rock and the Juniper and Standing Rock incorporating the milky way, at the time something fairly new. Similar images have become fairly common, and the the arch will now often have a crowd of photographers at night around the new moon. But since the next time a full lunar eclipse will occur centered due south is decades away, I knew this eclipse offered an opportunity to produce an astrophotography image at each of these well-known spots that was not likely to be appear in any other photographer’s portfolio anytime soon.

This is the third of the three images I made that night, with the lunar eclipse depicted from the point in time when the moon entered the shadow of the Earth to when it emerged again, above the small juniper tree and curious standing rock not far from one of the campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park.

#astrophotography   #lunareclipse   #joshuatreenationalpark  ___

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2014-06-07 17:00:26 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

The Icon and The Crowd
Icon alert: friendly warning, my latest blog post is about Mesa Arch, a major icon which many now scorn and avoid as a subject of landscape photography, and which is known to have the crowd these days.  To read the full post: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/mesa-arch-sunrise-and-night-under-the-milky-way-canyonlands-national-park-utah.html
I’ve photographed a few icons over the past 30 years, although many of them are underwater and so the landscape buyers probably don’t even think of them as icons, or even think of them at all. Mesa Arch is one of the landscape icons. It’s hard to break new “visionary ground” at a place like Mesa Arch, of which hundreds or thousands of photographs are made each day, almost all of them within a short of period of +/- 20 minutes of sunrise. I first visited Mesa Arch in the 90s ....

#canyonlandsnationalpark  #landscapep... more »

The Icon and The Crowd
Icon alert: friendly warning, my latest blog post is about Mesa Arch, a major icon which many now scorn and avoid as a subject of landscape photography, and which is known to have the crowd these days.  To read the full post: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/mesa-arch-sunrise-and-night-under-the-milky-way-canyonlands-national-park-utah.html
I’ve photographed a few icons over the past 30 years, although many of them are underwater and so the landscape buyers probably don’t even think of them as icons, or even think of them at all. Mesa Arch is one of the landscape icons. It’s hard to break new “visionary ground” at a place like Mesa Arch, of which hundreds or thousands of photographs are made each day, almost all of them within a short of period of +/- 20 minutes of sunrise. I first visited Mesa Arch in the 90s ....

#canyonlandsnationalpark   #landscapephotography   #utah  ___

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2014-06-05 20:07:19 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

Summer is coming soon to an ocean near you!

Wedge, Newport Beach.

Summer is coming soon to an ocean near you!

Wedge, Newport Beach.___

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2014-06-01 19:43:08 (17 comments, 12 reshares, 153 +1s)Open 

On Icons
I unapologetically photograph a lot of icons and Delicate Arch is one of my favorites. There are few places in the United States that are more iconic that Delicate Arch in Arches National Park — it is depicted on a license plate for crying out loud. Places like this are iconic for good reason: they are beloved by Americans and foreigners alike and in many ways symbolize the spirit and beauty of the outdoors in the United States, the country that gave the idea of the “National Park” to the world. It is tough to break new photographic ground at icons and more than a few contemporary photographers scorn the idea of shooting at such places. I get it, and won’t argue. But I shoot everything and ... more here: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/icon-sunset-over-delicate-arch-arches-national-park-utah.html   #archesnationalpark   #landscapephotography   #utahphotography   #utah  

On Icons
I unapologetically photograph a lot of icons and Delicate Arch is one of my favorites. There are few places in the United States that are more iconic that Delicate Arch in Arches National Park — it is depicted on a license plate for crying out loud. Places like this are iconic for good reason: they are beloved by Americans and foreigners alike and in many ways symbolize the spirit and beauty of the outdoors in the United States, the country that gave the idea of the “National Park” to the world. It is tough to break new photographic ground at icons and more than a few contemporary photographers scorn the idea of shooting at such places. I get it, and won’t argue. But I shoot everything and ... more here: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/icon-sunset-over-delicate-arch-arches-national-park-utah.html   #archesnationalpark   #landscapephotography   #utahphotography   #utah  ___

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2014-05-31 18:18:19 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

Epic!  Note the distinct lack of crowds too!

The Sorcerer's Apprentice
The Milky Way and Mars over Delicate Arch.  This is a self-image from my recent trip to Utah with +Phillip Colla.  Phil keeps inviting me to join him on these trips, and I'm happy to tag along and learn some of his secrets to master photography; hence the title of this picture.  On this evening, we hiked up to Delicate Arch, Utah's most iconic sandstone arch, for sunset, then happily watched every other person depart shortly thereafter, leaving the entire place to just us, the stars and the local wildlife.  We stayed almost the entire night, which gave us plenty of time to play around with several compositions and different light-painting techniques before hiking out in the pre-dawn darkness in time to catch the sunrise at Broken Arch.___Epic!  Note the distinct lack of crowds too!

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2014-05-30 16:32:44 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

New Work - May 2014
With the exception of one image, all of my new work in May comes from Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, both in southern Utah. I’ve photographed in these parks a number of times and love them, and will return again and again I’m sure. Both parks lend themselves to iconic compositions and most of the features of Arches National Park are easily accessible (not necessarily true of Canyonlands), so much of these new images will be recognizable. The last time I shot in Arches, four years ago, I was working on landscape astrophotography which, at that time ... more here: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/new-work-may-2014.html   #astrophotography   #milkywayphotography   #utah   #archesnationalpark   #canyonlandsnationalpark   #nightphotography  

New Work - May 2014
With the exception of one image, all of my new work in May comes from Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, both in southern Utah. I’ve photographed in these parks a number of times and love them, and will return again and again I’m sure. Both parks lend themselves to iconic compositions and most of the features of Arches National Park are easily accessible (not necessarily true of Canyonlands), so much of these new images will be recognizable. The last time I shot in Arches, four years ago, I was working on landscape astrophotography which, at that time ... more here: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/new-work-may-2014.html   #astrophotography   #milkywayphotography   #utah   #archesnationalpark   #canyonlandsnationalpark   #nightphotography  ___

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2014-05-27 22:02:09 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Full Moon Panorama over San Diego
I shoot a lot of images of the San Diego City Skyline, to keep them fresh and because I am always looking for a reason to be down along the San Diego Bay at dawn or dusk — it is such a beautiful city. A few months ago I made some nice photos of the full moon rising over downtown San Diego (and this one too!). This is the one I like the best: an enormous panoramic photograph printing up to 3 feet high by over 28 feet long! Here the full moon is seen just after it has risen above the mountains east of San Diego, above the San Diego County Administration building. Photographed with a very sharp telephoto lens and high resolution camera and consisting of over 20 source images, the detail in the final panorama is quite something, with individual people visible in restaurants along the waterfront. Cheers and thanks for looking! #sandiego   #panorama   #fullmoon ... more »

Full Moon Panorama over San Diego
I shoot a lot of images of the San Diego City Skyline, to keep them fresh and because I am always looking for a reason to be down along the San Diego Bay at dawn or dusk — it is such a beautiful city. A few months ago I made some nice photos of the full moon rising over downtown San Diego (and this one too!). This is the one I like the best: an enormous panoramic photograph printing up to 3 feet high by over 28 feet long! Here the full moon is seen just after it has risen above the mountains east of San Diego, above the San Diego County Administration building. Photographed with a very sharp telephoto lens and high resolution camera and consisting of over 20 source images, the detail in the final panorama is quite something, with individual people visible in restaurants along the waterfront. Cheers and thanks for looking! #sandiego   #panorama   #fullmoon  ___

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2014-05-25 01:48:33 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Awesome Camelopardalis Meteor Display!
We drove up to the top of the nearest mountain to get above the cloud cover and sure enough, I nailed it, a huge fireball Camelopardalis meteor flaming over the San Diego sky last night, upper left on the .... uh, oh wait ...  its a Iridium flare, never mind.   #wannabeskyshow   #dud -elopardalis #waitingforperseids   #gobacktosleep   #meteorshower   #camelopardalismeteorshower  

Awesome Camelopardalis Meteor Display!
We drove up to the top of the nearest mountain to get above the cloud cover and sure enough, I nailed it, a huge fireball Camelopardalis meteor flaming over the San Diego sky last night, upper left on the .... uh, oh wait ...  its a Iridium flare, never mind.   #wannabeskyshow   #dud -elopardalis #waitingforperseids   #gobacktosleep   #meteorshower   #camelopardalismeteorshower  ___

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2014-05-23 22:22:27 (25 comments, 30 reshares, 215 +1s)Open 

Meteor Shower Tonight
It could be a good one, "meteor storm" is the term I have heard used more than a few times.  NASA says "Scientists are anticipating a new meteor shower, the May Camelopardalids. No one has seen it before, but some forecasters have predicted a meteor storm of more than 200 meteors per hour". Still considering where to go to try to watch and photograph it. +Garry McCarthy had a killer idea for a spot, its high risk in the sense the viewing may be clouded out, but if it works it will be a unique shot.  Got the shot below last summer in Yosemite during the Perseid meteor shower. More info here: http://www.landscapeastrophotography.com/perseid-meteor-shower-milky-way-half-dome-and-yosemite-national-park/ Cheers!
#meteorshower   #astrophotography   #starrynight    #camelopardalismeteorshower  

Meteor Shower Tonight
It could be a good one, "meteor storm" is the term I have heard used more than a few times.  NASA says "Scientists are anticipating a new meteor shower, the May Camelopardalids. No one has seen it before, but some forecasters have predicted a meteor storm of more than 200 meteors per hour". Still considering where to go to try to watch and photograph it. +Garry McCarthy had a killer idea for a spot, its high risk in the sense the viewing may be clouded out, but if it works it will be a unique shot.  Got the shot below last summer in Yosemite during the Perseid meteor shower. More info here: http://www.landscapeastrophotography.com/perseid-meteor-shower-milky-way-half-dome-and-yosemite-national-park/ Cheers!
#meteorshower   #astrophotography   #starrynight    #camelopardalismeteorshower  ___

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2014-05-23 15:24:08 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

The Eyes of Utah
This is one of them.  If you want to see the other, check out my blog: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/the-eyes-of-utah-natural-arches-and-the-milky-way.html Shot with +Garry McCarthy a few weeks ago. Cheers and thanks for looking!   #utah   #astrophotography   #milkywayphotography   #nationalpark  

The Eyes of Utah
This is one of them.  If you want to see the other, check out my blog: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/the-eyes-of-utah-natural-arches-and-the-milky-way.html Shot with +Garry McCarthy a few weeks ago. Cheers and thanks for looking!   #utah   #astrophotography   #milkywayphotography   #nationalpark  ___

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2014-05-22 15:20:18 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

SIO Pier Sunset

#sandiego   #sandiegophotography   #lajolla   #lajollaphotography   #landscapephotography  

SIO Pier Sunset

#sandiego   #sandiegophotography   #lajolla   #lajollaphotography   #landscapephotography  ___

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2014-05-20 15:56:20 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

I finished editing my recent Moab photos with some nice keepers in there. Next time in Moab will be winter I hope! Moab is a nice little town but 5 days is enough for this year.  Cheers!

I finished editing my recent Moab photos with some nice keepers in there. Next time in Moab will be winter I hope! Moab is a nice little town but 5 days is enough for this year.  Cheers!___

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2014-05-16 18:44:58 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Balanced Rock, Stars and Clouds
Views like this make me wonder what's out there.  Perhaps my grandchildren will someday go see.   #astrophotography   #starrynight   #utah   #landscapephotography  

Balanced Rock, Stars and Clouds
Views like this make me wonder what's out there.  Perhaps my grandchildren will someday go see.   #astrophotography   #starrynight   #utah   #landscapephotography  ___

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2014-05-14 15:49:41 (16 comments, 8 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

Light Painting Delicate Arch
Blog: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/light-painting-delicate-arch-utah.html
The first few times I photographed Delicate Arch in Utah’s Arches National Park, most of my compositions were close to the arch. After editing the results of my last visit to the park I resolved to make more distant compositions, for variety’s sake and to put the arch into its surroundings. I got the chance earlier this month. We spent an entire night at Delicate Arch, trying different compositions and light painting techniques, and this was one of my favorites from that effort. Thanks to my friend +Garry McCarthy  for collaborating on some inventive and impactful light painting. Cheers, and thanks for looking!
#astrophotography   #nightscapes   #starrynights #utah   #milkywayphotography   #archesnationalpark  

Light Painting Delicate Arch
Blog: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/light-painting-delicate-arch-utah.html
The first few times I photographed Delicate Arch in Utah’s Arches National Park, most of my compositions were close to the arch. After editing the results of my last visit to the park I resolved to make more distant compositions, for variety’s sake and to put the arch into its surroundings. I got the chance earlier this month. We spent an entire night at Delicate Arch, trying different compositions and light painting techniques, and this was one of my favorites from that effort. Thanks to my friend +Garry McCarthy  for collaborating on some inventive and impactful light painting. Cheers, and thanks for looking!
#astrophotography   #nightscapes   #starrynights #utah   #milkywayphotography   #archesnationalpark  ___

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2014-05-13 15:35:41 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

Delicate Arch, Milky Way and Iridium Flare at Night
Blog post: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/delicate-arch-milky-way-and-iridium-flare-at-night-arches-national-park-utah.html   I have shot Arches National Park a number of times, including a very fruitful trip some years ago to shoot astrophotography landscapes. I returned earlier this month for more, and found that I have reached a point where I need to find alternatives to the usual compositions. This one was forced upon my buddy Garry and me. The clouds obscured some of the sky and blocked the obvious composition of the Milky Way over Delicate Arch, so I wandered about a little looking for different ways to portray the arch before dawn crept in and stole the stars away. The sky to the northeast was clear enough to show the northern, lesser arm of the Milky Way and with a little light painting I was able to juxtapose the arch and the galaxy.I... more »

Delicate Arch, Milky Way and Iridium Flare at Night
Blog post: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/delicate-arch-milky-way-and-iridium-flare-at-night-arches-national-park-utah.html   I have shot Arches National Park a number of times, including a very fruitful trip some years ago to shoot astrophotography landscapes. I returned earlier this month for more, and found that I have reached a point where I need to find alternatives to the usual compositions. This one was forced upon my buddy Garry and me. The clouds obscured some of the sky and blocked the obvious composition of the Milky Way over Delicate Arch, so I wandered about a little looking for different ways to portray the arch before dawn crept in and stole the stars away. The sky to the northeast was clear enough to show the northern, lesser arm of the Milky Way and with a little light painting I was able to juxtapose the arch and the galaxy. I got lucky when the Iridium flare, seen to the left of the arch, arrived in the right spot in the composition during the short, 15 second exposure. Cheers, and thanks for looking!
#astrophotography  #nightscapes  #starrynights  #stars #utah  #utahphotography  ___

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2014-05-12 14:58:37 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

Sunrise on the Fins, Arches National Park
Sunrise light touches the Fins.  Sandstone fins stand on edge.  Vertical fractures separate plates of sandstone that are eroded into freestanding fins that may one day further erode into arches.
#utah #utahphotography  with +Garry McCarthy 

Sunrise on the Fins, Arches National Park
Sunrise light touches the Fins.  Sandstone fins stand on edge.  Vertical fractures separate plates of sandstone that are eroded into freestanding fins that may one day further erode into arches.
#utah #utahphotography  with +Garry McCarthy ___

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2014-05-09 22:54:27 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 120 +1s)Open 

Corona Arch, Moab, UT
This is a huge arch that people swing through, with someone dying in 2013 after miscalculating the length of line needed and then swinging off and through the arch. OK, now that makes the photo seem like a big fat bummer.  In reality it was a fun hike and a great spot for photography. #astrophotography  #nightscapes  #starrynights  #stars #utah  #utahphotography  

Corona Arch, Moab, UT
This is a huge arch that people swing through, with someone dying in 2013 after miscalculating the length of line needed and then swinging off and through the arch. OK, now that makes the photo seem like a big fat bummer.  In reality it was a fun hike and a great spot for photography. #astrophotography  #nightscapes  #starrynights  #stars #utah  #utahphotography  ___

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2014-05-08 16:17:55 (5 comments, 7 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

Another arch and the Milky Way, Utah. On my first night back in Utah after too long of an absence, I sat alone in the dark eating my tofu and having one of those little bottles of wine waiting for the stars to rotate into a good position to take the picture. It was a fine night. Garry showed up the next day and we got a lot of good hikes in to some new places over the next four days. #astrophotography   #milkywayphotography   #nightphotography   #nightscapes  #starrynights  #astrotogs #nightphotos #stars #longexposurephotography #night #utah  #utahphotography  

Another arch and the Milky Way, Utah. On my first night back in Utah after too long of an absence, I sat alone in the dark eating my tofu and having one of those little bottles of wine waiting for the stars to rotate into a good position to take the picture. It was a fine night. Garry showed up the next day and we got a lot of good hikes in to some new places over the next four days. #astrophotography   #milkywayphotography   #nightphotography   #nightscapes  #starrynights  #astrotogs #nightphotos #stars #longexposurephotography #night #utah  #utahphotography  ___

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2014-05-07 01:39:34 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

Clean Dark Utah Night
Self portrait at Sarah's Arch under clean dark skies somewhere in Utah.  Cannot wait to return.  Great night shooting with +Garry McCarthy .   #astrophotography   #milkywayphotography   #nightphotography   #nightscapes  #starrynights  #astrotogs #nightphotos #stars #longexposurephotography #night #utah  #utahphotography  

Clean Dark Utah Night
Self portrait at Sarah's Arch under clean dark skies somewhere in Utah.  Cannot wait to return.  Great night shooting with +Garry McCarthy .   #astrophotography   #milkywayphotography   #nightphotography   #nightscapes  #starrynights  #astrotogs #nightphotos #stars #longexposurephotography #night #utah  #utahphotography  ___

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2014-04-30 19:02:07 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Time to get lost in Utah and do some night shooting, hoping for clear skies and no flats!

Time to get lost in Utah and do some night shooting, hoping for clear skies and no flats!___

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2014-04-29 16:13:54 (18 comments, 19 reshares, 152 +1s)Open 

Lunar Eclipse over Arch Rock

More info on my blog: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/lunar-eclipse-sequence-over-arch-rock-joshua-tree-national-park-april-2014.html

The lunar eclipse of April 14 and 15, 2014 was a wonderful event to see. I went up to Joshua Tree National Park to photograph it for two reasons. First, the weather forecast in the high desert was for clear skies and, for the most part, the skies were indeed were cloudless and very dark throughout the night. Second, I was fairly sure I could find several locations around the park to setup my cameras and let them record the entire lunar eclipse, from the moment the moon entered the penumbra and began to be shadowed by the Earth until it was full lit again, including the dramatic blood red coloration when the moon is fully eclipsed. The moon was going to be due south of my position at the peak of the eclipse — I knewth... more »

Lunar Eclipse over Arch Rock

More info on my blog: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/lunar-eclipse-sequence-over-arch-rock-joshua-tree-national-park-april-2014.html

The lunar eclipse of April 14 and 15, 2014 was a wonderful event to see. I went up to Joshua Tree National Park to photograph it for two reasons. First, the weather forecast in the high desert was for clear skies and, for the most part, the skies were indeed were cloudless and very dark throughout the night. Second, I was fairly sure I could find several locations around the park to setup my cameras and let them record the entire lunar eclipse, from the moment the moon entered the penumbra and began to be shadowed by the Earth until it was full lit again, including the dramatic blood red coloration when the moon is fully eclipsed. The moon was going to be due south of my position at the peak of the eclipse — I knew this thanks to The Photographer’s Ephemeris — so I selected a few locations that offered a nice composition facing due south and shot away. This image depicts the eclipse occurring in stages to the south of the White Tank campground area, with Joshua Tree’s interesting Arch Rock on the east side of the composition. (It follows the first full eclipse sequence I presented a week ago: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/lunar-eclipse-blood-red-moon-sequence-over-joshua-tree-national-park.html)

Note: this image is both a panorama and a composite. The panorama spans over 180 degrees left to right, and is centered roughly SSE. I lit the arch with a remote-triggered tripod mounted flash to the right, hidden behind a rock. The panorama, depicting stars after astronomical twilight but before the full eclipse peaked, is composed of 8 frames. Planet Mars is the brightest “star” above the arc of moon stages and the blue star Spica can be seen just below and to the right of the eight moon image from the left. This image is a composite and the moon is a little larger than it appeared to the eye. The moon was exposed separately from the stars in order to control for the fact it was much brighter than the stars and to better present the detail and color of the moon itself.

Cheers, and thanks for looking!

#eclipse   #lunareclipse   #lunareclipse2014   #astrophotography  ___

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2014-04-25 15:31:37 (18 comments, 59 reshares, 158 +1s)Open 

Happy WORLD PENGUIN DAY!
Photographed near Brown Bluff, Antarctica Peninsula, 2009.   More Antarctica images here: http://www.oceanlight.com/antarctica_photos.html  #WorldPenguinDay #penguins   #antarctica  

Happy WORLD PENGUIN DAY!
Photographed near Brown Bluff, Antarctica Peninsula, 2009.   More Antarctica images here: http://www.oceanlight.com/antarctica_photos.html  #WorldPenguinDay #penguins   #antarctica  ___

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2014-04-23 16:37:51 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Astrophotography 101 -- Don't Be That Guy
With the summer night photography season approaching, and Milky Way photography getting underway in earnest in the northern hemisphere, I am reminded (painfully) of the need for photographers -- especially those in groups -- to avoid stray light at all times, not just when one's own shutter is open.  In this case, many frames during the course of about 20 minutes were ruined by the status light on the back of a nearby Canon camera.  (These frames could not be repeated, we were shooting during the very brief time when astronomical twilight puts a true blue cast into the sky, and it lasts 10-15 minutes at most.)  Of course, this light does not affect the photographs being taken by that camera, but they affect the photographs being taken by everyone else's cameras.  The solution is simple: put a piece of tape over the light.  Barring that,put ... more »

Astrophotography 101 -- Don't Be That Guy
With the summer night photography season approaching, and Milky Way photography getting underway in earnest in the northern hemisphere, I am reminded (painfully) of the need for photographers -- especially those in groups -- to avoid stray light at all times, not just when one's own shutter is open.  In this case, many frames during the course of about 20 minutes were ruined by the status light on the back of a nearby Canon camera.  (These frames could not be repeated, we were shooting during the very brief time when astronomical twilight puts a true blue cast into the sky, and it lasts 10-15 minutes at most.)  Of course, this light does not affect the photographs being taken by that camera, but they affect the photographs being taken by everyone else's cameras.  The solution is simple: put a piece of tape over the light.  Barring that, put your thumb over the light.  By the way, when shooting milky way photos at high ISOs, not only will direct light from the Canon status light ruin photos (such as the example) but even REFLECTED light from the status light will show up, usually appearing as a red cast on the foreground -- it really is bright enough for that.  Cheers!
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