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Darryl Van Gaal

Darryl Van Gaal 

Is it dark out yet?

Occupation: Coatings (Paint) defect analyst. (Automotive manufacturing.)

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Cream of the Crop: 12/28/2011

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Margaret Tompkins152,283*Landscape Photography Community:  In the Still of the Night* General Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community and there are no limits on follower count.  We welcome the millionaires!! 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a Landscape Photograph and it must feature a night time element. 5) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 6) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, May 26, 2014, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 3 pm CDT. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest.LPC Contest #15 In the Still of the Night2014-05-19 22:00:00416  
Ron Clifford2,983,364On the show +Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn   will share how she got started in astrophotography, explain her fabulous setup and show a few of her favourite deep sky images, (you don't want to miss this!). Afterwards, Kerry-Ann get into an example of her workflow for processing a deep sky astro image from pre processing (image stacking) to final post processing in Photoshop...... I have got to see this. "After getting my first telescope at the age of 11 and then my first film camera as a teenager I was hooked on the concept of taking pictures of deep space. Ever since then I have strived to improve my skills in astrophotography and in the process have produced images that have won awards, been featured in calendars, magazines, books and online publications such as Sky News POW and NASA APOD. While enjoying this hobby, I have a full time career as a meteorologist and  I love life with my husband and two girls". My Website is  www.weatherandsky.com Your loyal hosts +Jan Kabili  and +Ron Clifford  will be joined by producer +Dave Bell  and panelists, the  extraordinary +Erika Thornes  and +Dan Hughes   #photoshop #astrophotography #deepspace  The Photoshop Show 50 - with Guest Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn2014-01-29 03:00:0095  
Jeff Smith61,680Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for June 2/13.  The theme for this week is *I've got the music in me* Again this can be taken literally or metaphorically but basically since we have have some love or appreciation for music I would like to see that incorporated into your selfy. Like always everyone is looking forward to some great Selfies. We have 17 moderators who can help you along the way. _____________________________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the  Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-06-02 03:00:48128  

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Most comments: 15

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2015-09-07 05:10:16 (15 comments; 13 reshares; 112 +1s; )Open 

Some things are meant to stand the test of time.....
Most however are in the heavens above and not created on earth by the hands of man!

Year to year little changes in the night sky, however the same can't be said about the scenery here on earth.  This beach was once filled with houses.  Mother nature had other plans.  Many of the Hastings Drive cottages were wiped out 30 years ago by a brutal winter storm.  although several cottages remain, this is what remains in this particular plot of land.

This image is two exposures.  One for the sky and one taken right after for the foreground.

Most reshares: 13

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2015-09-07 05:10:16 (15 comments; 13 reshares; 112 +1s; )Open 

Some things are meant to stand the test of time.....
Most however are in the heavens above and not created on earth by the hands of man!

Year to year little changes in the night sky, however the same can't be said about the scenery here on earth.  This beach was once filled with houses.  Mother nature had other plans.  Many of the Hastings Drive cottages were wiped out 30 years ago by a brutal winter storm.  although several cottages remain, this is what remains in this particular plot of land.

This image is two exposures.  One for the sky and one taken right after for the foreground.

Most plusones: 123

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2015-05-26 19:38:24 (8 comments; 12 reshares; 123 +1s; )Open 

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
Desmond Tutu

A 20 second exposure as the night rises.
ISO - 100
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @  15mm  f/2.8

Latest 50 posts

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2016-08-12 19:18:02 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Black Bridge was my location of choice this morning for the Perseid meteor shower. This location is special because it's celebrating it's 100th Birthday.
It was predicted to be a good showing and it did not disappoint!
What better way to have a birthday then with fireworks?

Black Bridge was my location of choice this morning for the Perseid meteor shower. This location is special because it's celebrating it's 100th Birthday.
It was predicted to be a good showing and it did not disappoint!
What better way to have a birthday then with fireworks?___

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2016-07-14 21:40:57 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

I wonder how many millions of people never get to see sights like this???

Shooting the night sky has a way of bringing peace to an otherwise hectic life.....

I wonder how many millions of people never get to see sights like this???

Shooting the night sky has a way of bringing peace to an otherwise hectic life.....___

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2016-07-04 20:29:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Here is another image from the other night.
This one I processed the milky way slightly differently, and also went for a darker look with the foreground.

Hope you like,
Feel free to share and if you do like my photos, check out more at www.darkclearskies.com

Data on the shot
Camera Canon 6d
Lens Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 15mm f/2.8
Exposure 20s
ISO 3200

Here is another image from the other night.
This one I processed the milky way slightly differently, and also went for a darker look with the foreground.

Hope you like,
Feel free to share and if you do like my photos, check out more at www.darkclearskies.com

Data on the shot
Camera Canon 6d
Lens Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 15mm f/2.8
Exposure 20s
ISO 3200___

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2016-07-03 21:28:26 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Here is another image from the other night.
This one I processed the milky way slightly differently, and also went for a darker look with the foreground.

Hope you like,
Feel free to share and if you do like my photos, check out more at www.darkclearskies.com

Data on the shot
Camera Canon 6d
Lens Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 15mm f/2.8
Exposure 20s
ISO 3200

Here is another image from the other night.
This one I processed the milky way slightly differently, and also went for a darker look with the foreground.

Hope you like,
Feel free to share and if you do like my photos, check out more at www.darkclearskies.com

Data on the shot
Camera Canon 6d
Lens Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 15mm f/2.8
Exposure 20s
ISO 3200___

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2016-07-02 20:03:27 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

A quick edit from last night. This was the first time since the lunar eclipse that I was actually able to get out and shoot. On a side note my county has switched to LED shielded lights I think I'm already seeing the difference.

Show me your light.

This is the first time I have gone out shooting at night since the lunar eclipse in September! It felt really good to have the equipment out taking images of the night sky!
note to self.... get out more

I hope you enjoy the image as much as I enjoyed taking it.

If you wish to see more of my work, head over to www.darkclearskies.com___A quick edit from last night. This was the first time since the lunar eclipse that I was actually able to get out and shoot. On a side note my county has switched to LED shielded lights I think I'm already seeing the difference.

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2016-07-02 06:49:08 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Show me your light.

This is the first time I have gone out shooting at night since the lunar eclipse in September! It felt really good to have the equipment out taking images of the night sky!
note to self.... get out more

I hope you enjoy the image as much as I enjoyed taking it.

If you wish to see more of my work, head over to www.darkclearskies.com

Show me your light.

This is the first time I have gone out shooting at night since the lunar eclipse in September! It felt really good to have the equipment out taking images of the night sky!
note to self.... get out more

I hope you enjoy the image as much as I enjoyed taking it.

If you wish to see more of my work, head over to www.darkclearskies.com___

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2016-07-01 19:26:57 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

How to Photograph Star Trails
http://darkclearskies.com/Tutorials-Tips-and-Tricks/ShootingStarTrails

I've posted this tutorial in the past, but since I've migrated it to my newer site, I thought I'd share it again.

Enjoy and share

How to Photograph Star Trails
http://darkclearskies.com/Tutorials-Tips-and-Tricks/ShootingStarTrails

I've posted this tutorial in the past, but since I've migrated it to my newer site, I thought I'd share it again.

Enjoy and share___

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2016-06-18 12:54:00 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Pictures can't bring all the beauty to your senses.

Although it's hard not to get a good image when visiting this area, I'd have to say that nothing beats being there!
The soothing sound of flowing water, the chirping birds, the smells of the forest....
As long as there are areas like this, I'll keep visiting.

Do me a favor if you do visit, take more garbage out, than you take in!

Pictures can't bring all the beauty to your senses.

Although it's hard not to get a good image when visiting this area, I'd have to say that nothing beats being there!
The soothing sound of flowing water, the chirping birds, the smells of the forest....
As long as there are areas like this, I'll keep visiting.

Do me a favor if you do visit, take more garbage out, than you take in!___

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2016-06-16 01:59:28 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Very sad. 😞

Very sad. 😞___

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2016-06-14 16:33:38 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Here is the image I submitted for The PosterJack Canada's Golden Hour Photography Project. http://www.canadasgoldenhour.com/

I didn't make the top 12, but of course I wasn't shooting at night!

I'm still very pleased with this image and think the only thing that could have made it better would have been if the skies had not clouded over.

I will be making a return to this location, both in the day, and at night!

Here is the image I submitted for The PosterJack Canada's Golden Hour Photography Project. http://www.canadasgoldenhour.com/

I didn't make the top 12, but of course I wasn't shooting at night!

I'm still very pleased with this image and think the only thing that could have made it better would have been if the skies had not clouded over.

I will be making a return to this location, both in the day, and at night!___

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2016-06-12 20:02:25 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Spencer Gorge.
This as I've stated before is a photographers dream.

Spencer Gorge.
This as I've stated before is a photographers dream.___

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2016-06-10 14:15:59 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Tis a sad day :(

Tis a sad day :(___

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2016-06-08 19:57:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

https://photos.smugmug.com/Galleries/Daytime-Images/i-PVzKCCk/0/O/dundas3.jpg

Another image from my "day pass" loner photo weekend

https://photos.smugmug.com/Galleries/Daytime-Images/i-PVzKCCk/0/O/dundas3.jpg

Another image from my "day pass" loner photo weekend___

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2016-06-06 01:40:53 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Ok, so I've been busier than a (insert one of many offensive lines here). This weekend I was actually able to get out and shoot for the first time in oh, lets just say, a little while.

I have hopes on making photography and G+ a part of my life once again.... small steps..... small steps......

I hate it when life gets in the way.

Anywhooo, here is one of my images from Spencer Gorge in Ontario.

Ok, so I've been busier than a (insert one of many offensive lines here). This weekend I was actually able to get out and shoot for the first time in oh, lets just say, a little while.

I have hopes on making photography and G+ a part of my life once again.... small steps..... small steps......

I hate it when life gets in the way.

Anywhooo, here is one of my images from Spencer Gorge in Ontario.___

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2015-11-08 15:46:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Shooting when I can....

Went to watch my nephew play a game the other day.
Yes goal-tending does seem to run in the family.

Shooting when I can....

Went to watch my nephew play a game the other day.
Yes goal-tending does seem to run in the family.___

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2015-10-04 20:36:59 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

I always tell people that I only shoot at night...

Friends of mine were married last night and I was requested to bring my camera along to be another source of images.

This is one of my favorite images from the wedding.  It is always advantageous to visit the hall prior to the guests!!

#shootoutofyourelement  

I always tell people that I only shoot at night...

Friends of mine were married last night and I was requested to bring my camera along to be another source of images.

This is one of my favorite images from the wedding.  It is always advantageous to visit the hall prior to the guests!!

#shootoutofyourelement  ___

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2015-09-30 12:13:13 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

For the space community

Unfortunately I was fighting clouds on Sunday night.
This was the best I could do.

Shot with the Canon 6d and Canon 70-200 f/2.8 Non IR

#supermoon   #lunareclipse  ___For the space community

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2015-09-29 21:20:29 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

for my friends over at Night Photography

Unfortunately I was fighting clouds on Sunday night.
This was the best I could do.

Shot with the Canon 6d and Canon 70-200 f/2.8 Non IR

#supermoon   #lunareclipse  ___for my friends over at Night Photography

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2015-09-29 20:10:16 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Unfortunately I was fighting clouds on Sunday night.
This was the best I could do.

Shot with the Canon 6d and Canon 70-200 f/2.8 Non IR

#supermoon   #lunareclipse  

Unfortunately I was fighting clouds on Sunday night.
This was the best I could do.

Shot with the Canon 6d and Canon 70-200 f/2.8 Non IR

#supermoon   #lunareclipse  ___

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2015-09-07 05:11:30 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Some things are meant to stand the test of time.....
Most however are in the heavens above and not created on earth by the hands of man!

Year to year little changes in the night sky, however the same can't be said about the scenery here on earth.  This beach was once filled with houses.  Mother nature had other plans.  Many of the Hastings Drive cottages were wiped out 30 years ago by a brutal winter storm.  although several cottages remain, this is what remains in this particular plot of land.

This image is two exposures.  One for the sky and one taken right after for the foreground.

Some things are meant to stand the test of time.....
Most however are in the heavens above and not created on earth by the hands of man!

Year to year little changes in the night sky, however the same can't be said about the scenery here on earth.  This beach was once filled with houses.  Mother nature had other plans.  Many of the Hastings Drive cottages were wiped out 30 years ago by a brutal winter storm.  although several cottages remain, this is what remains in this particular plot of land.

This image is two exposures.  One for the sky and one taken right after for the foreground.___

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2015-09-07 05:10:16 (15 comments; 13 reshares; 112 +1s; )Open 

Some things are meant to stand the test of time.....
Most however are in the heavens above and not created on earth by the hands of man!

Year to year little changes in the night sky, however the same can't be said about the scenery here on earth.  This beach was once filled with houses.  Mother nature had other plans.  Many of the Hastings Drive cottages were wiped out 30 years ago by a brutal winter storm.  although several cottages remain, this is what remains in this particular plot of land.

This image is two exposures.  One for the sky and one taken right after for the foreground.

Some things are meant to stand the test of time.....
Most however are in the heavens above and not created on earth by the hands of man!

Year to year little changes in the night sky, however the same can't be said about the scenery here on earth.  This beach was once filled with houses.  Mother nature had other plans.  Many of the Hastings Drive cottages were wiped out 30 years ago by a brutal winter storm.  although several cottages remain, this is what remains in this particular plot of land.

This image is two exposures.  One for the sky and one taken right after for the foreground.___

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2015-09-02 22:35:39 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Trying new things.

I don't think I've ever purposely focused on the foreground interest and not worry about the stars.  
I actually like this look.  
Of course it could be done as a focus stack, but I intentionally wanted to try it this way.

What do  you think???

Trying new things.

I don't think I've ever purposely focused on the foreground interest and not worry about the stars.  
I actually like this look.  
Of course it could be done as a focus stack, but I intentionally wanted to try it this way.

What do  you think???___

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2015-09-01 01:29:09 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

With all the extra hours I'm putting in at work, I've had precious little time to shoot with the lovely Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 (which is awesome by the way).

This image is a single click of the shutter, shot as the moon was dipping in the western sky.  I'll definitely be returning to this location for a moonless shot one of these days when I have some more time.

All of the data should be attached to the image. 

#longpoint   #moon  

With all the extra hours I'm putting in at work, I've had precious little time to shoot with the lovely Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 (which is awesome by the way).

This image is a single click of the shutter, shot as the moon was dipping in the western sky.  I'll definitely be returning to this location for a moonless shot one of these days when I have some more time.

All of the data should be attached to the image. 

#longpoint   #moon  ___

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2015-09-01 01:27:42 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

With all the extra hours I'm putting in at work, I've had precious little time to shoot with the lovely Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 (which is awesome by the way).

This image is a single click of the shutter, shot as the moon was dipping in the western sky.  I'll definitely be returning to this location for a moonless shot one of these days when I have some more time.

All of the data should be attached to the image. 

#longpoint   #moon  

With all the extra hours I'm putting in at work, I've had precious little time to shoot with the lovely Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 (which is awesome by the way).

This image is a single click of the shutter, shot as the moon was dipping in the western sky.  I'll definitely be returning to this location for a moonless shot one of these days when I have some more time.

All of the data should be attached to the image. 

#longpoint   #moon  ___

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2015-08-22 19:41:27 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

An old scene with a new lens.

I recently purchased the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD to use for shooting Landscape Astrophotography.

To date this is probably one of the best purchases I've made!!
It blows away ANYTHING I've used previously!

If you'd like to see more of my images stop by 
www.darkclearskies.com

An old scene with a new lens.

I recently purchased the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD to use for shooting Landscape Astrophotography.

To date this is probably one of the best purchases I've made!!
It blows away ANYTHING I've used previously!

If you'd like to see more of my images stop by 
www.darkclearskies.com___

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2015-08-22 05:07:35 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

I went out shooting tonight.....
Unfortunately I just wasn't feeling it....

I really need to get out more often to get the creative juices flowing.
image looks better large

for more of my images visit
darkclearskies.com

I went out shooting tonight.....
Unfortunately I just wasn't feeling it....

I really need to get out more often to get the creative juices flowing.
image looks better large

for more of my images visit
darkclearskies.com___

2015-08-20 20:36:15 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Some time back I was asked to be a presenter at Bridgewater State University.  I was fortunate enough to have one of the students create a video that I've linked to my website.

This was my first ever presentation 

It was a relatively large group that showed up and the audience included several of the professors (including the Dean) nothing to be nervous about........

If you're interested in viewing the presentation click on the link and enjoy.

Feel free to share with those who may enjoy it also.
http://darkclearskies.com/The-Beauty-of-the-Night-Sky

Some time back I was asked to be a presenter at Bridgewater State University.  I was fortunate enough to have one of the students create a video that I've linked to my website.

This was my first ever presentation 

It was a relatively large group that showed up and the audience included several of the professors (including the Dean) nothing to be nervous about........

If you're interested in viewing the presentation click on the link and enjoy.

Feel free to share with those who may enjoy it also.
http://darkclearskies.com/The-Beauty-of-the-Night-Sky___

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2015-08-19 23:37:33 (8 comments; 10 reshares; 84 +1s; )Open 

2015 Perseid Meteor Shower    20 Perseids and 2 Irridium flares

Here is what I'm calling my final edit.
This image consists of a two shot vertical panorama for the foreground and 22 other aligned layers for the meteors.
If you like the image, feel free to share it, but please give me credit.   It takes hours to shoot and process images like this.

To see more of my work go to www.darkclearskies.com

2015 Perseid Meteor Shower    20 Perseids and 2 Irridium flares

Here is what I'm calling my final edit.
This image consists of a two shot vertical panorama for the foreground and 22 other aligned layers for the meteors.
If you like the image, feel free to share it, but please give me credit.   It takes hours to shoot and process images like this.

To see more of my work go to www.darkclearskies.com___

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2015-08-15 02:46:41 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

Here is a composite of the Perseid Meteor shower that I'm working on.  Unfortunately I had to shoot from my back yard as I had to leave for work at 5am.

Yep, I was pretty tired that day.

Feel free to share if you like the image.

www.darkclearskies.com for tips, tricks, and more images
#perseids  

Here is a composite of the Perseid Meteor shower that I'm working on.  Unfortunately I had to shoot from my back yard as I had to leave for work at 5am.

Yep, I was pretty tired that day.

Feel free to share if you like the image.

www.darkclearskies.com for tips, tricks, and more images
#perseids  ___

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2015-08-05 15:08:20 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

OK, I'm currently sitting in Oakville. I asked where is the nearest gas station it gives me an answer for a location that is over an hour away. This just started happening.... Any ideas what is up?
P.S. Google Maps will show my correct location.

+Google+ 

OK, I'm currently sitting in Oakville. I asked where is the nearest gas station it gives me an answer for a location that is over an hour away. This just started happening.... Any ideas what is up?
P.S. Google Maps will show my correct location.

+Google+ ___

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2015-07-24 20:06:09 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

I'm featured in the latest issue of Photo News. woo hoo!!

Click on the link below to see the images I shot for the article about my Night Photography.

I'm featured in the latest issue of Photo News. woo hoo!!

Click on the link below to see the images I shot for the article about my Night Photography.___

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2015-07-09 23:47:38 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

I've always had a soft spot for Academic Institutions  

The Dean of Math and Science at Bridgewater State University contacted me a while back asking if I would sell them an image.  I was more than honored to grant the request.  
I was also contacted by the Art Director at the University asking if I'd be willing to loan them some images for display by there new Observatory and also give a short lecture on photographing the Milky Way.  Of course for anyone who knows me, I will rarely turn down a chance to speak to a captive audience.
While there I was approached by Karen Callan an Assistant Director at the Publications office.  She asked once again if they could do a short blurb about the display and run one of the images.  Today I received 2 copies of the magazine in the mail.  
I always find it a bit surreal to see my work in a publication......

I've always had a soft spot for Academic Institutions  

The Dean of Math and Science at Bridgewater State University contacted me a while back asking if I would sell them an image.  I was more than honored to grant the request.  
I was also contacted by the Art Director at the University asking if I'd be willing to loan them some images for display by there new Observatory and also give a short lecture on photographing the Milky Way.  Of course for anyone who knows me, I will rarely turn down a chance to speak to a captive audience.
While there I was approached by Karen Callan an Assistant Director at the Publications office.  She asked once again if they could do a short blurb about the display and run one of the images.  Today I received 2 copies of the magazine in the mail.  
I always find it a bit surreal to see my work in a publication......___

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2015-07-08 22:56:15 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Summer fun

Summer fun___

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2015-07-07 20:07:49 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Double Rainbow

Double Rainbow___

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2015-07-06 19:12:43 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Mentorships Rawk!!!

For that matter it Rawks even more because it's Tamara's Mentorship!!!!

Summer Mentorship  

Right now, I am announcing my own photography mentorship program - "Building An Image with +Tamara Pruessner".   This is the second time I have ran this mentorship and while the first had bumps due to a family loss, I am super excited about trying this again. 

Sharing this post is highly encouraged, but please disable comments so people will go to the original post.

This will be a 6-week program, working on design elements of a photograph that will make you "FEEL", which to me, is the single most important job a photograph can do.  Make emotion. 

If you would like to participate in a highly interactive, community-based learning project, then please read on and APPLY! 

+Tamara Pruessner will be taking on a handful of people for a special mentorship program called "Building An Image".  This mentorship is designed to help you learn, search for, and apply design elements of a photograph to bring forth the emotions that make images memorable.  It will focus on rules and when to break them as well as elements such as color and when not to use it, patterns, lines, shapes, etc. 

This course is NOT how to use your camera, but IS how to see and build and image with the camera and skills you already have.  I will be happy to give some guidance on technical aspects as it relates to the weekly lessons, but I will not be focusing on f-stops and apertures. 
 
Up to 5 photographers will be selected for a 6-week on-line apprenticeship program which will include lessons, assignments,  Google hangouts are possible, and informal discussions are encouraged. Mainly, the goal is for everyone to have fun, collaborate, and learn from each other.

Selections will be announced on Friday, July 10th for the mentorship which will begin within days of the announcement of selected mentorees.

Selection criteria will include:

• You should be interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You have little previous art studies, as this program is designed for those who have not had the opportunity to add this skill set to their knowledge base.
• You should be taking and posting photographs regularly.  (The class itself will be private to the group  except for the option of a public display album of your best work at the end.) You may publicly post your own achievements and I encourage it!!

To be considered for selection, please comment to this main post only: (not to any reshares)

and answer the following questions in your comment: 
1) Photography skill level
2) Photo editing software used most
3) Favorite subjects to photograph
4) Aspirations within photography
5) Current job or profession (or favorite hobby outside of photography)
6) Previous art studies


EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS3
3) Trees, landscapes, waterfalls
4) To sell prints of my work
5) Full-time grocery store clerk, and I collect bottle caps.
6) I have no previous art studies

The mentorship program  is a lot of fun and has great interaction, it also requires a commitment to complete the weekly assignments.  If you feel you won't have time to dedicate to going out and taking lots of pictures, then please consider allowing others the chance to participate.

+Kyle Wilson - your earburn as requested.___Mentorships Rawk!!!

For that matter it Rawks even more because it's Tamara's Mentorship!!!!

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2015-07-05 23:07:27 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Has this EVER happened to you?
Thanks Camera Lens Fog for this image

http://darkclearskies.com/Tutorials-Tips-and-Tricks/How-to-Prevent-Lens-Fog

Astrophotography, Landscape Astrophotography, and just plain old Night Shooting are difficult enough.
Using the right lens, setting the ISO correctly and getting the exposure time correct are all issues that plague photographers shooting at night (and other times of day).
Never mind the fact that fact that "playing" in the dark has several dangers, from wild animals, to wilder people, and even police that thing you're up to no good.

Mother Nature figured she'd have a go at you also.
If you have ever gone out shooting night scenes, wide-field astrophotography, or landscape astrophotography, you've probably experienced the dreaded lens fog.

What causes lens fog?  more »

Has this EVER happened to you?
Thanks Camera Lens Fog for this image

http://darkclearskies.com/Tutorials-Tips-and-Tricks/How-to-Prevent-Lens-Fog

Astrophotography, Landscape Astrophotography, and just plain old Night Shooting are difficult enough.
Using the right lens, setting the ISO correctly and getting the exposure time correct are all issues that plague photographers shooting at night (and other times of day).
Never mind the fact that fact that "playing" in the dark has several dangers, from wild animals, to wilder people, and even police that thing you're up to no good.

Mother Nature figured she'd have a go at you also.
If you have ever gone out shooting night scenes, wide-field astrophotography, or landscape astrophotography, you've probably experienced the dreaded lens fog.

What causes lens fog?  

The easy explanation
To explain this issue in simple terms, your camera's lens will fog most times when the lens is colder than the air surrounding the lens.

The more in depth explanation
When the air near the lens is cooled by the lens, the relative humidity of the surrounding air will quickly increase. As air cools it looses it's ability to carry water vapour. Once the relative humidity reaches near 100% and greater water will begin to collect on the lens.    Even if the air is fairly dry, if the temperature difference is great enough you will get lens fog.....

How to stop it
Preventing lens fog isn't really that difficult. Simply don't allow your lens to get colder than the outside air!.......

How the heck do you do that????

There are several ways that you can achieve this;

      You can purchase a lens warmer

      You can use a DIY lens warmer

      You can use a hair dryer every once in a while on your lens (if a plug is around)

      Use hand warmers

Hand warmers are my current choice.  This solution is quite simple.  My weapon of choice are "Hotties" they are available in a few different sizes.
I have used the large ones, and am currently in possession of some smaller ones that I'm going to experiment with.

How to use them
Using hand warmers is quite simple and the only extra equipment needed is an elastic band. As you can see in the photograph, all you have to do is place the hand warmer over the barrel of the lens and affix it with an elastic band.
If you follow this tip, it should help defend you against the evil conspiracy Mother Nature has planned for you and your night shots.
Hopefully this post gives you the knowledge to overcome one more of the many obstacles that you will face as a creature of the night.

Oh, if I ever figure out how to avoid the police bombarding you with a thousand questions as to why you're out "Creeping" (the wording they used with me) around with your camera I'll be sure to blog about it.___

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2015-06-27 23:36:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

The Virgo Cluster

The Virgo Cluster is the closest cluster of galaxies to our own (about 70 million lighrt years to the center).
It not only contains over 2000 galaxies, it also has a noticeable gravitational pull on us!!!
See more of my deep space and landscape astrophotography images at www.darkclearskies.com

This image is around 1 hour of total exposure shot using a +Nikon USA  D7000 and an
+Orion Telescopes & Binoculars  ED80T CF telescope

The Virgo Cluster

The Virgo Cluster is the closest cluster of galaxies to our own (about 70 million lighrt years to the center).
It not only contains over 2000 galaxies, it also has a noticeable gravitational pull on us!!!
See more of my deep space and landscape astrophotography images at www.darkclearskies.com

This image is around 1 hour of total exposure shot using a +Nikon USA  D7000 and an
+Orion Telescopes & Binoculars  ED80T CF telescope___

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2015-06-26 23:52:06 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Ever wonder how this happens?
It's explained in the description of the photo at my new site darkclearskies.com

or below on the photo

Ever wonder how this happens?
It's explained in the description of the photo at my new site darkclearskies.com

or below on the photo___

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2015-06-20 00:20:39 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

A call to all my birding friends

a quick shot from my back porch,  I'm thinking that this was a N.A. Kestrel?

Anyone....

A call to all my birding friends

a quick shot from my back porch,  I'm thinking that this was a N.A. Kestrel?

Anyone....___

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2015-06-17 02:28:20 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

http://www.darkclearskies.com/ has officially launched today!!!

Let me know what you think of the design....
Lots of work to do still, but I think it's a pretty good start!

http://www.darkclearskies.com/ has officially launched today!!!

Let me know what you think of the design....
Lots of work to do still, but I think it's a pretty good start!___

2015-06-17 01:38:38 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I really really really need help with Namecheap pointing to my smugmug account....

anyone, Bueller, anyone......

**EDIT**  Figured out!!!!

I really really really need help with Namecheap pointing to my smugmug account....

anyone, Bueller, anyone......

**EDIT**  Figured out!!!!___

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2015-06-02 22:06:21 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Glow Sticks and Lesson Learned
While taking this image a while ago I found myself originally annoyed by the group seen in the lower left of the image.  The were a small group of 20 somethings tossing around some glow sticks.

I decided to snap off a few images anyway even though I realized that this groups antics would be difficult to remove in Post.

About 30 to 45 mins after this shot the group had moved on....  apparently they were moving on right past the location where I was shooting.  It was in the minutes to come that I came to realize that my original irritation was misplaced.

The leader of the group was an extremely friendly young man who insisted upon calling me Sir as he offered me one of the glow sticks from the group.  I politely refused the offer, only to have this group of very friendly and polite people insist that in order to enjoy the rest ofmy ... more »

Glow Sticks and Lesson Learned
While taking this image a while ago I found myself originally annoyed by the group seen in the lower left of the image.  The were a small group of 20 somethings tossing around some glow sticks.

I decided to snap off a few images anyway even though I realized that this groups antics would be difficult to remove in Post.

About 30 to 45 mins after this shot the group had moved on....  apparently they were moving on right past the location where I was shooting.  It was in the minutes to come that I came to realize that my original irritation was misplaced.

The leader of the group was an extremely friendly young man who insisted upon calling me Sir as he offered me one of the glow sticks from the group.  I politely refused the offer, only to have this group of very friendly and polite people insist that in order to enjoy the rest of my night, I would have to accept the offer.

After taking a ring of glow sticks the group asked me several questions about what I was doing with a camera in the dark.  I explained to the group that this area was a "Dark Sky" location and that if they looked in the right direction (which I instructed them on) that they would be able to see the Milky Way.   They were extremely grateful for my information and I had learned an important lesson about sharing the environment with everyone, even if they don't share the same passion as myself.

I don't know the name of the young gentleman from Toronto, Ontario. But I'd like to publicly thank him for teaching an old dog a new trick.

Reflecting upon this encounter I see how my original irritation was misguided!!!

Lesson learned!!!___

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2015-06-02 22:05:35 (11 comments; 5 reshares; 80 +1s; )Open 

Glow Sticks and Lesson Learned
While taking this image a while ago I found myself originally annoyed by the group seen in the lower left of the image.  The were a small group of 20 somethings tossing around some glow sticks.

I decided to snap off a few images anyway even though I realized that this groups antics would be difficult to remove in Post.

About 30 to 45 mins after this shot the group had moved on....  apparently they were moving on right past the location where I was shooting.  It was in the minutes to come that I came to realize that my original irritation was misplaced.

The leader of the group was an extremely friendly young man who insisted upon calling me Sir as he offered me one of the glow sticks from the group.  I politely refused the offer, only to have this group of very friendly and polite people insist that in order to enjoy the rest ofmy ... more »

Glow Sticks and Lesson Learned
While taking this image a while ago I found myself originally annoyed by the group seen in the lower left of the image.  The were a small group of 20 somethings tossing around some glow sticks.

I decided to snap off a few images anyway even though I realized that this groups antics would be difficult to remove in Post.

About 30 to 45 mins after this shot the group had moved on....  apparently they were moving on right past the location where I was shooting.  It was in the minutes to come that I came to realize that my original irritation was misplaced.

The leader of the group was an extremely friendly young man who insisted upon calling me Sir as he offered me one of the glow sticks from the group.  I politely refused the offer, only to have this group of very friendly and polite people insist that in order to enjoy the rest of my night, I would have to accept the offer.

After taking a ring of glow sticks the group asked me several questions about what I was doing with a camera in the dark.  I explained to the group that this area was a "Dark Sky" location and that if they looked in the right direction (which I instructed them on) that they would be able to see the Milky Way.   They were extremely grateful for my information and I had learned an important lesson about sharing the environment with everyone, even if they don't share the same passion as myself.

I don't know the name of the young gentleman from Toronto, Ontario. But I'd like to publicly thank him for teaching an old dog a new trick.

Reflecting upon this encounter I see how my original irritation was misguided!!!

Lesson learned!!!___

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2015-06-01 00:17:00 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Share for the group

Here is an image with very minimal post production work.
The only adjustments here are color balance and a tiny bit of contrast boost.  Essentially this is almost as it appeared  off the card.

I thought people might be interested to see an image with almost no PP___Share for the group

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2015-05-31 13:03:54 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Here is an image with very minimal post production work.
The only adjustments here are color balance and a tiny bit of contrast boost.  Essentially this is almost as it appeared  off the card.

I thought people might be interested to see an image with almost no PP

Here is an image with very minimal post production work.
The only adjustments here are color balance and a tiny bit of contrast boost.  Essentially this is almost as it appeared  off the card.

I thought people might be interested to see an image with almost no PP___

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2015-05-27 19:51:06 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

I thought the group might like this shot I took facing west shortly after Nautical Twilight.

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
Desmond Tutu

A 20 second exposure as the night rises.
ISO - 100
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @  15mm  f/2.8___I thought the group might like this shot I took facing west shortly after Nautical Twilight.

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2015-05-26 19:38:24 (8 comments; 12 reshares; 123 +1s; )Open 

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
Desmond Tutu

A 20 second exposure as the night rises.
ISO - 100
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @  15mm  f/2.8

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
Desmond Tutu

A 20 second exposure as the night rises.
ISO - 100
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @  15mm  f/2.8___

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2015-05-17 22:53:14 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

Yesterday I posted a photo of my tripod and camera inches away from the edge of a cliff.
This is the resulting photograph.
If you think the Bruce Peninsula is beautiful in the daytime, wait until you see the night photos....  stay tuned....

+Tai Mi as requested.

This image was shot with the TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

+Tamron 

Yesterday I posted a photo of my tripod and camera inches away from the edge of a cliff.
This is the resulting photograph.
If you think the Bruce Peninsula is beautiful in the daytime, wait until you see the night photos....  stay tuned....

+Tai Mi as requested.

This image was shot with the TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

+Tamron ___

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2015-05-16 23:26:30 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Living life on the edge

Living life on the edge___

2015-05-15 15:10:20 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I'm headed to the Bruce tomorrow for a night shoot is anyone interested?

I'm headed to the Bruce tomorrow for a night shoot is anyone interested?___

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