Winter Milky Way Photo – Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple and Meditation Retreat night sky photo

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Milky Way over Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple and Meditation Retreat.

Title: Rizo Trails Hills Milky Way
Photography: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 20 second f/2.8 ISO 2500. Photo 10:05 pm D.S.T. 18 November 2013.
Location: Pine Tree Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center, Maricopa, CA, USA.

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

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Los Reyes Magos (The Three Wise Men) Star Trails, Joshua Tree National Park, California night sky photo

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Use your imagination, and perhaps you can see the Three Wise Men – Los Reyes Magos – in the rock formations here in this photo taken in Joshua Tree National Park on a cold winter day. And with that, I wish all of you a happy holiday.

The beautiful celestial movements around the North Star.

Title: Los Reyes Magos Star Trails
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, 1970s metal tripod from Sears. This is a long exposure night sky photo of 18 minutes in total, with each individual photo exposed for 30 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 400. Light painted with handy-dandy flashlight. 9 November 2013, 8:57 pm D.S.T.
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

Los Reyes Magos Star Trails photo on 500px.com!

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

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Pine Mountain Stupa Star Trails – Night Skies Over Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple!

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I had the pleasure of staying overnight at the remote Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple, located in rural Ventura County, up in the mountains, sort of between Ojai and Frazier Park. I was able to take some night sky photos, as well as day photos, on the grounds of this beautiful retreat, and figured I’d share them with you. The people there were kind, generous, and welcoming, and made my brief stay a total joy.

Starry nights underneath the stupa at Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple and Meditation Retreat in the mountains of rural Ventura County, with this long exposure photo showing the movement of the stars around the North Star. A stupa typically contains relics of the Buddha and is used by Buddhists as a place of meditation.

Title: Pine Mountain Stupa Star Trails
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Feisol tripod. This is a long exposure night sky photo of 23 and a half minutes in total, with each individual photo exposed for 30 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 500, stacked “by hand” in CS4. I light painted the stupa and foreground with a Streamlight LED flashlight. Photo begun 7:40 pm D.S.T. on 23 November 2013.
Location: Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple, Maricopa, California, USA

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

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Magic Rock Star Trails

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Raining stars over the California desert, a long exposure photo showing the celestial movements of the heavens.

I’m always amazed at how much color comes out in a photo that is hidden or barely discernible when we are looking at it with our own eyes. I know this intellectually, of course, but am still amazed every time. It’s this sort of quality that further inspires me to slow down and really appreciate the night sky and how the world looks at night in general.

Title: Magic Rock Star Trails
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, 1970s metal tripod from Sears. This is a long exposure night sky photo of 21 minutes in total, with each individual photo exposed for 30 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 400, stacked “by hand” in CS4. I light painted this with a Streamlight LED flashlight. Taken 10:29 pm P.S.T. on 9 November 2013.
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

Higher res version as seen on 500px: http://500px.com/photo/52953848

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

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Award Winning Night Photo Featured on Lights From Dreams Blog!

Trona Glow Star Trails

I have a photo featured on the Lights From Dreams, a blog about night photography and light painting! I will also be interviewed by them in an upcoming blog! Read about the story behind this award-winning photo!

http://lightsfromdreams.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/post-a-photo-ken-lee/

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

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The Iconic Skull Rock in Joshua Tree (star trails long exposure)

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This is one of the iconic features of Joshua Tree National Park, frequently photographed.  But perhaps not like this!  This is a long exposure photo showing the movement of the stars. I also light painted the rock with a flashlight, keeping the “eyes” largely in shadow to add to the mystery. Someone on Google+ thought this was “creepy”. But, after all, it’s called Skull Rock.

Title: Skull Rock Star Trails
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, 1970s metal tripod from Sears. This is a long exposure night sky photo of 21 minutes in total, with each individual photo exposed for 30 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 400, stacked “by hand” in CS4. I light painted this with a Streamlight LED flashlight. Begun 7:40 pm P.S.T. on 9 November 2013.
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA.
Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.

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