Touch The Sky: Milky Way Over The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, California (Long Exposure Night Sky Photography)

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You’re looking at trees in the most ancient forest in the world.  Some bristlecone pine trees can live for around 5000 years. And even after they die, the tree trunks can stay for another five thousand years. So it’s possible that some of the trunks that one walks amongst are approaching 10,000 years old. These trees are the oldest living things on the planet, and it really blows the mind to think that you are walking in a forest of trees that may have been around when Buddha was walking the earth, some around even before George Burns was born.

Title: Touch The Sky, Plate 2698
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 20 second exposure, f/2.8, ISO 3200. Light painted with flashlight. 10:35 pm 29 July 2013.
Location: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, California.

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

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They Roamed The Earth: The Amazing Creature Sculptures of Borrego Springs / Milky Way Nights

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A night sky photo with a prehistoric feel that I like, this encounter between the scorpion and the cricket taking place under the Milky Way.

In the tiny town of Borrego Springs, there are at least 129 metal sculptures of varying sizes, many of them rather large, on the Galleta Meadows Estates, owned by the late Dennis Avery. The sculptures were all created by Ricardo Breceda, and are absolutely fascinating. Creating a sculpture garden of prehistoric creatures wins major points for me, and although Borrego Springs is beautiful in itself, it’s really the sculptures that makes it a must-visit for me.

I “light painted” the metal sculptures with a flashlight, kicking up the camera’s sensitivity to light to ISO 3200 to capture the Milky Way.

Title: They Roamed The Earth
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 20 seconds at f/3.2 ISO 2500. “Light painted” with flashlight. 2 August 2013 11:36 pm.
Location: Borrego Springs, California

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

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Trona Glow Star Trails – chosen for LA Times Travel – Editor’s Choice, Summer 2013!

Well, this has been quite a weekend!!!! I won the Los Angeles Times Editor’s Choice for Summer Photos, 2013! My photo is on the front page of the LA Times Travel section. Wow!
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-summer-vacation-photos-20130917,0,4877428.photogallery

 This is another photo that was included in the Top 50:
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-summer-vacation-photos-20130917,0,4877428.photogallery?index=la-tr-summer-vacation-photos-20130917-009

 So far this weekend, a photo of mine has been chosen by National Geographic editors for the Daily Dozen, and also, another chosen by editors of Photoburst for their daily contest, and now this!

Title: Trona Glow Star Trails
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, 51 minute total long exposure that was stacked in PS4. Each individual photo was a 30 second exposure, f/2.8, ISO 400. 18 July 2013 begun at 12:28 am.
Location: Trona Pinnacles, California, USA

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Trona Glow Star Trails

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Photoburst Contest Winner – Trona Pinnacles Star Trails Long Exposure Photo!

On the heels of being chosen by the editors at National Geographic for being one of the top photos of the day, another cool thing has occurred.

Photoburst chose my photo of the Trona Pinnacles as the Photo of the Day in their ongoing contest.

http://www.photoburst.net/travel-photography/2013/09/trona-pinnacles-california-usa-moonlight-nikon-d7000-tokina-11-16mm-ken-lee/

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Title: Trona Glow Star Trails
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, 51 minute total exposure that was stacked in PS4. Each individual photo was a 30 second exposure, f/2.8, ISO 400. 18 July 2013 begun at 12:28 am.
Location: Trona Pinnacles, California, USA

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Temple Tree Star Trails chosen by National Geographic editors for Top 12 Photos of the Day

My photo just made “The Daily Dozen” on National Geographic’s website!!!!! Every day, Nat Geo editors select 12 favorite photos. Today, mine was one of the twelve selected!!! Mine is the top one:http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/daily-dozen/2013-09-20/

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Title: Temple Tree Star Trails
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm lens at 11mm. This is a combination of 100 individual photos, with each one 30 seconds, f/4.5 ISO 400, all stacked together for a total of 50 minutes in this long exposure night sky photo. Tree illuminated by the infernally bright moon and headlights of a car. Taken around 11:00 pm 22 March 2013.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Zion National Park, Utah U.S.A.

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Leh Palace Milky Way – Long Exposure Night Sky Photo in the Himalayas

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This is the front entrance to Leh Palace, with the beautiful Milky Way on the left, taken a little after 3 in the morning.

Leh Palace is a forbidding place, and particularly at night, spooky. But the renovation of the interior has done away with some of the eeriness, while keeping to the 17th Century architecture.  Here, I light painted the front entrance.

Light painting is a photographic technique in which one moves a light source while keeping the shutter open for longer periods of time, and is really a performance of sorts. The light can be used to selectively illuminate parts of the subject, or to “paint” a picture by shining it into the camera lens. I’ve usually light painted subjects, as this is more of my interest.

Title: Leh Palace Milky Way
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. Leh Palace was light painted with a bright flashlight. ISO 3200, 20 second exposure, f/2.8 20 June 2013, 3:03 am.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Leh, Ladakh, Indian Himalayas.

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

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Divinity Star Trails: St. Teresa of Avila Church, Bodega, Sonoma County, California

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Perhaps most famous for its appearance in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and a photograph by Ansel Adams, This is St. Teresa of Avila Church.

Title: Divinity Star Trails
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 91 photos stacked, each individual photo a 30 second exposure at f/2.8 ISO 800 for a total exposure of 45 and a half minutes, showing the movement of the stars, 13 July 2013, 11:25 am.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Bodega, Sonoma County, CA USA

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

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