Our New World – Milky Way Through Double Arch, Utah

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Feeling like an explorer on a new world in Arches National Park, Utah, watching the Milky Way drift toward the south as night progresses. The odd rocky formations in the distance are the rocks near the Windows Arches and Turret Arch. You can see the headlight trail of a car leaving this area. As you can see, the archway is enormous, extending up approximately 104 feet (31 m), with a span of 148 feet (45 m).

Title: Our New World
Photo: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens at 14mm, 20 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 4000, 2014-06-23 11:48 pm; blended with an earlier photo with me standing in the front 13 seconds, ISO 400, f/4, taken 9:26 pm that same day. Light painted with Dorcy LED flashlight and Energizer head lamp.
Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA

Título: Our New World
Foto: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED en 14 mm, de 20 segundos, f/2.8, ISO 4000,23/06/2014 23:48; mezclado con una foto con conmigo de pie en la parte delantera, 13 segundos, ISO 400, f / 4, tomada a 21:26 del mismo día.. Luz pintada con Dorcy linterna y lámpara de cabeza Energizer LED.
Lugar: Arches National Park, Utah, EE.UU.

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Equipment:  Nikon D610, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod.

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Door to Infinity: Milky Way Over Delicate Arch (Arches National Park)

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Gazing up at Delicate Arch feels like peering into the infinite beyond, the magnificent arch acting as a portal for the center of our galaxy and beyond. For this photo, I waited a bit for the Milky Way to drift farther south, then lined it up underneath the arch for this image. I light painted the arch with a small Streamlight LED flashlight to keep the arch from going to silhouette. The Milky Way is easy to see on a moonless night such as this one. Thanks!!!!!!
I hiked up just before sunset, then hiked back in the dark. Everyone asks how hiking back in the dark for 1.5 miles was. It wasn’t bad. And it didn’t feel dangerous because the ledge is wide enough. What was confusing was the slickrock portion. 2 or 3 times, I momentarily lost the trail, lost sight of where the cairns were, and after walking 20 steps or so, would double back and get back on track. If you take your time, don’t panic, and keep your wits about you, hiking back in the dark is not bad. I had been prepared to stay up there all night if necessary, but all went well.Title: Door to Infinity
Photo: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens at 14mm, 20 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 4000, 2014-06-25 12:37 am. Light painted with Streamlight LED flashlight.
Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA

Título: Door to Infinity
Foto: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED en 14 mm, de 20 segundos, f/2.8, ISO 4000, 25/06/2014 12:37a.m.. Luz pintada con Streamlight linterna LED.
Lugar: Arches National Park, Utah, EE.UU.

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Equipment:  Nikon D610, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod.

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Photo: Battle of the Galactic Dinosaurs (Milky Way Over Borrego Springs)

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A Carnosaurus and Allosaurus locked in a combat that shakes the stars above. These sculptures, among my favorite in Borrego Springs, are created by Ricardo Breceda. This photo is blended from two photos. The Milky Way is visible, as the camera is facing south.

I photographed this while teaching a 2-day Star Trails, Milky Way, and Light Painting Workshop in Borrego Springs. Great group of people. It was quite late at night, as you can see from the information below, and I finally got around to creating this shot that I’ve been wanting to do for a while: two enormous dinosaurs battling beneath the stars, the Milky way floating between them, above. I was happy with the way I got detail and depth through light painting, so much so that I blended that light painting with another photo of the Milky Way to create this.

Title: Battle of the Galactic Dinosaurs
Photo: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens at 14mm. Two photos are blended. One is for the light painting: 380 seconds, f/5.6, ISO 800. The second is exposed for the Milky Way: 20 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 4000. 2014-07-07 2:34 am. Light painted with LED flashlight.
Location: Borrego Springs, CA, USA

Título: La batalla de los Galácticos Dinosaurios
Foto: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED en 14mm. Dos fotos en sí mezclan. Uno es para la pintura de luz:. 380 Segundos, f/5.6, ISO 800. La segunda foto expone durante la vía láctea:. 20 Segundos, f/2.8, ISO 4000 07/07/2014 02:34 am. Luz Pintada Con La linterna LED.
Ubicación: Borrego Springs, CA, EE.UU.

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Equipment:  Nikon D610, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod.

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Photo: African Elephant Surveys the Stars (The Amazing Sculptures of Ricardo Breceda in Borrego Springs)

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African Elephant Surveys The Milky Way”
Astronomer Dennis Mammana and I shot some night sky photos of Ricardo Breceda’s amazing metal dinosaur sculptures on 16 June 2014. The following night, I went out again, this time, picking an area that was not so windy, probably something we should have done the night before. The African elephant sculptures are located in the northern part of Borrego Springs, and I have not photographed these particular ones before.

I hit this with a bit of light painting from my head lamp, just to make the image pop, although I did take some silhouettes as well. But I think I like this light painted one better.

Title: African Elephant Surveys the Milky Way
Photo: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens at 14mm, 20 seconds, f/2.8i, ISO 4000, 2014-06-18 12:35 am.
Location: Borrego Springs, CA USA

Título: Elefante africano Encuestas de la Vía Láctea
Foto: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED en 14 mm, La escultura del elefante fue creado por Ricardo Breceda. 20 segundos, f/2.8, ISO 4000, 2014-06-18 12:35 a.m.

Equipment:  Nikon D610, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod.

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Photo: Atomic Breath (Night Sky Photo of Dinosaurs in Borrego Springs!)

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“Atomic Breath”
Astronomer Dennis Mammana and I shot some night sky photos of Ricardo Breceda’s amazing metal dinosaur sculptures on a rather windy evening. After Dennis went home, I decided to take a few more night sky dinosaur photos before packing it in. I noticed some unusual cloud formations. That and seeing the new Godzilla movie inspired me to have a little fun with this image! :D

By this time, the 88% moon was fairly high in the sky, and much of the desert was well lit. Nonetheless, a wee bit of light painting from my head lamp seemed to help the dinosaur come alive, so to speak.

Title: Atomic Breath
Photo: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens at 14mm
Location: Borrego Springs, CA USA

Equipment:  Nikon D610, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod.

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Photo: Almost Heaven, West Virginia: Cathedral Falls

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I love waterfalls. And I love long exposure photography. So it’s only natural that they come together. This is from my latest trip to West Virginia this summer. There was quite a lot of rainfall, so this has quite a bit more water than my previous photos of Cathedral Falls. Also, I was trying out my new camera, a Nikon D610, as well as a new lens, the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8. I didn’t have an ND filter over this, but it was relatively low light, so I just stopped down to f/22. This is a one-second exposure, but since there was so much water flowing, one second was more than fine to create this silky quality in the water that most of us love so much.

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Equipment:  Nikon D610, Nikkor 12-14mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod.

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Easter Meteor, Vasquez Rocks

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 I bought a new camera and lens. I wanted to test it out, so I drove up to Vasquez Rocks, less than an hour from my house, and experimented with higher ISOs than I usually use. I got lucky and photographed a Lyrid meteor. I saw the meteor as it fell. It was magical.
And yes, I know I did a very similar angle to this a year ago. I was just testing out the camera and wanted some comparison. Besides…it’s a good angle.

Title:  Easter Meteor
Info: Nikon D610, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 lens, my Dad’s heavy 1970s Sears aluminum tripod. Exposure time 30 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 1000. “Light painted” with an Energizer headlamp. Lyrid meteor. 19 April 2014 midnight.
Photographer: Ken Lee Photography
Location: Vasquez Rocks, California, USA

He comprado una nueva cámara y la lente. Yo quería probarlo, así que me condujo hasta Vasquez Rocks, a unos 45 minutos de mi casa, y experimenté con un ISO más alto de lo que normalmente utilizo.  Tuve suerte y fotografié un meteoro Líridas. Vi el meteoro en su caída. Fue mágico.

Título: Meteor Pascua
Info: Nikon D610, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8, pesado 1970 Sears trípode de aluminio de mi papá. 30 exposición f/2.8, ISO 1000. Pintura de luz con Energizer headlamp. Lluvia de meteoros Líridas. 19 abril 2014 de la medianoche.
Fotógrafo: Ken Lee Photography
Ubicación: Vasquez Rocks, California, EE.UU.

Equipment:  Nikon D610, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8, Feisol tripod.

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Easter Meteor Star Trails Over Vasquez Rocks

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I bought a new camera and lens. I wanted to test it out, so I drove up to Vasquez Rocks, about 35 minutes from my house, and experimented with higher ISOs than I usually use. I got lucky and photographed a Lyrid meteor.

Title: Easter Meteor Star Trails Over Vasquez Rocks
Info: Nikon D610, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 lens, my Dad’s heavy 1970s Sears aluminum tripod. Exposure time 31 minutes in total. I stacked 62 individual photos (30 second exposure f/2.8, ISO 1600). Light painting with an Energizer headlamp and Streamlight LED flashlight. 19 April 2014 11:28 pm.
Photographer: Ken Lee Photography
Location: Vasquez Rocks, California, USA

iEstelas de estrellas de pascua, que muestran el movimiento de las estrellas…con un meteoro Líridas!

He comprado una nueva cámara y la lente. Yo quería probarlo, así que me condujo hasta Vasquez Rocks, a unos 35 minutos de mi casa, y experimenté con un ISO más alto de lo que normalmente utilizo. Tuve suerte y fotografié un meteoro Líridas.

Título: Pascua estela de estrellas con Meteor – Vasquez Rocks
Info: Nikon D610, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8, pesado 1970 Sears trípode de aluminio de mi papá. Tiempo de exposición 31 minutos en total. Apilé 62 fotos individuales (30 segundos f/2.8 exposición, ISO 1600) en StarStax. Pintura de luz con una luz Energizer y Streamlight linterna LED. 19 de abril 2014 23:28.
Fotógrafo: Ken Lee Photography
Ubicación: Vasquez Rocks, California, EE.UU.

Equipment:  Nikon D610, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8, Feisol tripod.

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Tower Of Babel, Joshua Tree Milky Way

 

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The Milky Way in the California desert, hovering above the otherworldly rock formations of Joshua Tree National Park.

Title: Tower of Babel
Info: Nikon D610, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8. 15 second exposure, f/2.8 ISO 6400. 2014-05-25 2:221 am. Processed in Photoshop CS4 with Nik Viveza. Light painted with an LED flashlight.
Photo: Ken Lee Photography
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, CA USA

Equipment:  Nikon D610, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8, Feisol tripod.

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Window Into Infinity: Gobsmacked In Joshua Tree

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Utterly gobsmacked by the Milky Way in the clear desert air. This is a rare night sky selfie created while getting accustomed to my new camera and lens.

Title: Window Into Infinity
Info: Nikon D610, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8. 20 second exposure, f/2.8 ISO 5000. 2014-05-25 3:12 am. Processed in Photoshop CS4 with Nik Viveza.
Photo: Ken Lee Photography
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, CA USA

I also wanted to thank you people for all your kind words of encouragement. I am so appreciative of that!!!

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Absolutamente atónita por la Vía Láctea en el aire claro desierto.

Título: Ventana al Infinito
Info: Nikon D610, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8. 20 segundos de exposición, f/2.8 ISO 5000. 05/25/2014 03:12 am. Procesado en Photoshop CS4 con Nik Viveza.
Foto: Ken Lee Photography
Lugar: Parque Nacional Joshua Tree, CA, EE.UU.

También quería dar las gracias a ustedes por todos sus amables palabras de aliento. Estoy tan agradecida de que!

Equipment:  Nikon D610, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8, Feisol tripod.

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