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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Easter Moon – Night Sky Photography, Vasquez Rocks

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I  was walking back to my car. I turned around and saw this beautiful view. Immediately I unpacked my gear and took this photo, light painting the foreground and cliffs. Many times the last photo I take in an evening is the best or strangest one.

I wanted to test out my new camera and lens, so I drove up to Vasquez Rocks, about 35 minutes from my house, and experimented with higher ISOs than I usually use.

Title: Luna Pascua
Info: Nikon D610, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 lens, my Dad’s heavy 1970s Sears aluminum tripod. Exposure time 30 seconds f/2.8, ISO 320. Light painting with a Dorcy LED flashlight. April 20 1:43 a.m. 2014.
Photographer: Ken Lee Photography
Location: Vasquez Rocks, California, USA

I was walking back to my car. I turned around and saw this beautiful sight. I immediately unpacked my gear and took this photo, light painting cliffs and foreground. Often the last photo I took at night is the best or strangest of all.

I wanted to try my new camera and lens, so I drove to the Vasquez Rocks, about 35 minutes from my house, and experimented with a higher than I normally use ISO.

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

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Photo: Arch Rock Milky Way

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It’s about summer time. That means it’s Milky Way season for us night sky photographers. I went to Joshua Tree to take advantage of these moonless nights, nights full of magic and beautiful night weather.
Title: Arch Rock Milky Way
Info: Nikon D610, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8. 20 second exposure, f/2.8 ISO 6400. 2014-05-25 1:36 am. Processed in Photoshop CS4 with Nik Viveza. Light painted with LED  lights that were left over from someone shooting time-lapse photos. Thank you!
Photo: Ken Lee Photography
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, CA USA

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

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Photography Workshop: Star Trails and Light Painting, Borrego Springs, CA

What’s up, peeps! We have a handful of available slots that opened up for a 2-Day Star Trails and Light Painting Photography Workshop that I am giving in Borrego Springs, California July 5-6 2014. We’ll still keep the group a small one, with less than ten people, so I doubt they will remain open for long. You hafta sign up for meetup.com, which takes two seconds. Sound good?  You’ll learn a lot in a fun, creative environment.

More details here!
http://www.meetup.com/Night-photography-lovers/events/176804782/?_af_eid=176804782&a=uc1_te&_af=event

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Ken Lee is a noted night sky photographer who has won the Los Angeles Times Editor’s Choice for Summer Photos 2013 and previous years, had a photo chosen by National Geographic editors for the Daily Dozen in the Nat Geo website, won a contest from Lonely Planet Guidebooks, one of a hundred photos chosen from over 130,000 photo submissions, had several photos chosen as Editor’s Pick Of The Week and 2014 Photography Contest Finalist by Smithsonian, and more. He has donated some of his travel photos to charitable causes and fundraising.