Half Savage, But There Is Hope – Vasquez Rocks Night Sky Photography

The landscape where Captain Kirk battled the Gorn, Vasquez Rocks, with a night sky photo illuminated by moonlight.  The rock formations in this area are fantastic and inspiring.

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If the moonlight is already beautiful, I will tend not to “light paint” the foreground.  No reason.  Natural lighting from the moon can look pretty great.  Just depends.  Or I’ll try it both ways and experiment, as “light painting” can make an otherworldly shot even more…well, otherworldly.

With this photo, I was able to get away with just a 15-second exposure, which reduces the amount of trailing stars would do with a longer exposure, having the stars appear more like pinpoints of light as we typically view them.  I love both more natural kinds of night sky photography as well as longer exposures with star trails.  They’re both really a huge passion of mine.

Title: Half Savage, But There Is Hope
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, 15 second exposure, ISO 640 f/3.2. Mountain illuminated by the moon. 20 April 2013 12:33 am.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Vasquez Rocks, California, USA

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.

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James T Kirk Star Trails – Night Photography at Vasquez Rocks

Vasquez Rocks is the location where Captain James T Kirk battled the Gorn lizard man.  And why not?  It’s an otherworldly location where one can easily imagine oneself on another planet.  To push that along further, I photographed this at night during a 60% illuminated moon, shooting star trails to accentuate the alien landscape.

I like to shoot with low ISO, as low as I can get away with, and a noted astronomer and night sky photographer for TWAN (The World At Night, an international team of sky photographers) commented, “I’ve got to start trying lower ISOs… this is as clean and pretty an image as I’ve seen!”

Perhaps part of it is I am used to using cheap budget DSLRs to shoot night sky photos.  And part of it is that I really don’t like noise.  Unless I put it in there!!  😀
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Title: James T Kirk Star Trails
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, 33 minute total exposure after stacking. Each individual photo was a 30 second exposure, ISO 400 f/4. Natural lighting. 20 April 2013 1:42 am.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Vasquez Rocks, California, USAThanks for the love and encouragement!

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.

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You can see more of these photos here  on my Ken Lee Photography Facebook Page (poke your head in, say hi, and “like” the page if you would, uh, like). We discuss long exposure, night sky, star trails, and coastal long exposure photography, as well as lots of other things, so I hope you can join us!

And you can go to the Ken Lee Photography website, which has more photos from Ken Lee.  Thank you very much for visiting!

 

Lyrid Meteor Over Vasquez Rocks – Night Sky Photography

Here’s a special photo, capturing a Lyrid meteor!!!

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Title: Stars Dropped Down Like Rain – Lyrid Meteor Shower Over Vasquez Rocks
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, 30 second exposure, ISO 400 f/4. Mountain light painted with bright flashlight. 20 April 2013 1:19 am.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Vasquez Rocks, California, USA

In 687 BC in Zuo Zhuan, one of the earliest Chinese works of narrative history, described the Lyrid meteor shower: “At night, fixed stars are invisible, at midnight, stars dropped down like rain.”

I was lucky enough to capture this amazing falling star, part of the recurring Lyrid meteor showers that show up typically around late April.

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.

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Alien Piano in the Valley of Fire – Night Sky Light Painting Photo

One of the fascinating strange rock formations of the Valley of Fire, light painted at night.

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Title: Alien Piano
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm lens, 95 second exposure at f/8 ISO 100, around 8:30 pm 20 March 2013.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, NV U
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Half moon, seemed really bright with a mind of its own. Red sandstone rocks “light painted”.  I “light painted” The Piano in Valley of Fire State Park with a really bright flashlight, diffusing it with whatever I had available.  But the reddish hue?  That’s the natural sandstone, as the light I was using was a “regular” white light.  I like the texture that the light painting picks up, a texture that might be hard to achieve during the day.

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.

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Joshua Tree and Mt. San Jacinto Peak – night sky photos and more!

I rarely link here, but I thought you might be interested in my website that keep of my travels, basically my personal photo album.  This is one from Memorial Day weekend, where we climbed Mt. Jacinto Peak and then explored Joshua Tree National Park.  

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As you might expect from me, there’s a lot of night sky photos and star trails. Just like here, I give settings for long exposure photos.  Because, well, why not?

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Me at the top of Mt. San Jacinto Peak at 10, 834 ft./3302 meters, a good warm-up for my trip to the Himalayas later this year!

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You can see more of these photos here  on my Ken Lee Photography Facebook Page (poke your head in, say hi, and “like” the page if you would, uh, like). We discuss long exposure, night sky, star trails, and coastal long exposure photography, as well as lots of other things, so I hope you can join us!

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Star Trails Over Quail Springs, Joshua Tree – Long Exposure Time Lapse Photography

When I’m shooting north-facing photos, I really love to place Polaris as interestingly as I can in the frame. Here, I’ve managed to place it at the pinnacle of the cliff to accentuate the trails and draw the eye to the pinnacle more.

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This whole scene was lit by a full moon, with no light painting of any kind.  The light of the full moon was so bright that I think I may have been able to read a book!!

I hope you enjoy the photo, and thank you for stopping in!

Title: Quail Springs Rocks Star Trails
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina f/2.8 11-16mm. Stacked photo consisting of 99 individual photos of 30 second exposure f/2.8 ISO 250 each, taken 11:20 am 25 May 2013. 49 and a half minutes total exposure. Lit by moonlight only.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
USAThank you so much for your love and encouragement! -Ken

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.

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You can see more of these photos here  on my Ken Lee Photography Facebook Page (poke your head in, say hi, and “like” the page if you would, uh, like). We discuss long exposure, night sky, star trails, and coastal long exposure photography, as well as lots of other things, so I hope you can join us!

And you can go to the Ken Lee Photography website, which has more photos from Ken Lee.  Thank you very much for visiting!