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"Perveniens in Astra" (Reaching for the Stars) is what this Joshua Tree was doing in a cold and windy night in Death Valley.


This is a 4 shot blend for depth of field, one shot for the sky and 3 for the different layers of Joshua Trees. Not sure if it was light pollution from Las Vegas or the moon rising but I liked the way the orange glow at the horizon adds to the scene.





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A rowing boat moored at Loch Ard in Scotland.

A frosty clear night over Roseberry Topping. The constellation of Orion can be seen in the night sky

A twenty Second Exposure

to get the focus on this one, I put a penny on my bed (where I took this) focused on the penny, then got into the frame and lined my shoulder up with the penny :) (this is the trick I use for almost every shot, only I generally use the wall/ground/prop instead of a penny)

Here's another from Sunday morning at Lake Alpine. This is a single frame(non-pano), 2-exposure blend, shot with the Sigma 10-20 at 10mm. As per usual, I used the hot-shoe mounted O-GPS1 device for star tracking to get a ~2 minute star exposure. Light painting on the foreground with my headlamp.


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A serene mountain lake near Bear Valley, CA. Miguel and I made a late night drive out to Lake Alpine to shoot the milky way in dark skies and the location did not disappoint. It was perfectly still here at >7,300ft elevation.


This is a crop from a multi-frame panorama. I used the FA31/1.8 Limited lens on the Pentax K5. To eliminate star trailing, I use the O-GPS1 accessory which directs the camera sensor to move in sync with the Earth's rotation. A nifty little device which allows up to 5 minute exposures without streaking the stars.


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In the small island known as "Mothon stone’’ which means strong "protector" of the city came from the name Methoni (Mothoni) according to the Messinian of Pausanias and Stravo's Geography.

Is located south of the castle of Methoni and protected the harbor while the sea to prevent shaken with momentum.

On it later at the end of 15th century built by the Venetians the stronghold of the photograph, which served as headquarters guard, lighthouse, prison and refuge in times of siege.

The starry sky in the frame except for large groups Aquarius, Capricorn and Pisces presents constellations usually obscured by post, from the south as the southern fish, with Fomalhaut shines on the left of the roof of the fort and the rightmost microscope.


Full moon over Bay Saint Louis, MS.

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Finally complete after seven nights of photography: Sh2-119 the defuse emission nebular in Cygnus only a few degrees away from the North America Nebula. The object consists mostly of hydrogen, with some sulfur-II and faint amounts of oxygen-III. This is a two panel mosaic.

Imaging telescope or lens: Vixen VSD 100 f/3

Imaging camera: Sony ICX814

Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX

Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen VSD

Guiding camera: sx loadstar

Software: Sequence Generator Pro, Photoshop CS5, PixInsight 1.8, PHD


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I managed to catch a bright -3 magnitude (-7 at center) Iridium Flare on Saturday night on a camping trip at Lake Dillon to celebrate Father's Day with my in-laws. The flare occurred at 22:53:37 and can be verified by the Heavens Above website Iridium Flare calculator here.


This is my third Iridium Flare to catch by luck when doing some night photography. For those new to them, Iridium Flares are caused by a constellation of highly reflective communication satellites (Iridium system) that regularly and predictably glint off the sun. See below for other examples from my stream and have a great week ahead!

Sometimes we get the nice amazing sunsets and sunrises, and sometimes we get nothing. For me, it's the chances we take with photography, and life in general, that are most intriguing.


What is to be, must be, and these days, I am becoming more and more content with whatever life serves up for me, and less and less concerned about trying to figure it all out...


I just got back from a few days in the Three Sisters Wilderness, and didn't get a single day of good light. But I did enjoy just doing what I love to do, without any distractions or confusions...


The full moon illuminates the granite landscape of Watson Lake while the constellation Orion traverses the sky high overhead.

took this the day after the peak, total time elapsed was about 3 hours, i fell asleep and didnt get up to swap batteries.


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Deadvlei is one of, if not the most, iconic locations in Namibia and somewhere I've wanted to visit for quite a while. It is a clay / salt pan in the middle of the desert; basically a marsh that has not only dried up, but lost water at such a rate that the remaining, dead trees have no moisture to decompose and are essentially frozen in time.


The salt pan is surrounded by very high, bright orange sand dunes, while the ground is a hard, white, cracked clay.


The common shots of here show the almost black trees against the vibrant orange sand and the bright blue sky. Instead of showing you my take on those shots, I first thought I'd show you something less common; Deadvlei at night.


I say night, but this isn't totally the case. You'll notice that the Milky Way in this shot isn't as clear and apparent as some of my other night shots. This is because this photo was taken just after sunset; I've never seen the Milky Way come out so early.


After shooting the sunset, I hung around for half an hour to see how the sky changed. The stars came out amazingly fast. Although I have other shots from this location that have a more defined Milky Way, I really liked the mood of this image. I hope you like it as well.




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I created this image tonight from a sequence of a few hundred photos I captured on the night of October 20-21, 2012. The constellation Orion rose above the horizon near the lower left corner of this 14 mm view, and it traveled to the upper right corner before dawn arrived. I created a time-lapse video of this meteor shower as well.

A rowing boat moored at Loch Ard in Scotland.

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Night shot taken in Val Veny, Aosta Valley, Italy.

The Milky Way playing hide and seek with a few passing clouds ... almost as rhapsodic brush strokes on a universal canvas.

Certainly the most precious canvas in existence.


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The magnetic presence of mount Pelmo (Dolomites), at night, in the moonlight, with clouds floating on the top.

I've specially framed also my track left in the snow, just to give a sense of symbolic continuity between the worldly and the otherworldly (here aptly represented by the mystic presence of the mountain).



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Taken at the same place as my previous shot here in Milford Sound, New Zealand, Roar Of The Earth


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Wire Wool spinning at Loch Ard.

Night shot, long exposure, taken lying under the Arolley cross (2.310 m), in order to include in the frame also the sector of the Milky Way passing above.

This spot is located in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park (Italy), pratically at the end of the Nivolet plateau, above the Valsavarenche.

I've thought about this picture expressly to establish a dialogue between two specific elements.


The Milky Way always appears in the total darkness of the night sky as a straight line.

That's why I never do photo stitching to show its "journey" from horizon to horizon, as for optical reasons the result would lead inevitably to an... arc... which is objectively a different geometric shape indeed.

So, for my personal taste, I prefer to choose each time a specific composition.


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On the Celebrity Constellation ship


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"If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing"

(Letter to Corinthians)

Also in photographic terms, I can avail myself of the best cameras and lenses on the market, I can read what famous authors say about how to tell a visual story but without the love for adventure, I am nothing.

Shot taken on June 27th 2012 at 10:42 p.m. from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3.538 m), Italy, as the moon (phase 57%) continued its slow journey to the west.

After moonset I took a bunch of interesting photos to the starry sky (then published in various magazines).

I've always postponed the consideration of this photo because I thought the scenery was a bit "chaotic"... anyway, all in all I think it expresses quite well what it means to be above a sea of ​​clouds at night.

On the right we have the moon, while on the left is perfectly visible the Scorpius constellation.

Under the "primordial ocean" of clouds are filtering the lights of the Susa valley 3.000 meters below.


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I shot several hours of the Orionid meteor shower using a star-tracking mount, and brought the best meteors from several hours of shooting into one background image.


I used the free StarStaX software to add the meteors to the background image. Since I captured the meteors using a tracking mount, nothing was moved from where in the sky it occurred, relative to the constellation Orion.

Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, UK


Now here is a bridge that needs no introduction! It is a symbol to our town & stands proudly after all these years battling terrible floods & whatever nature throws at her. The old River Mourne bridge is a true monument to our community


For myself to capture this photo I actually had to climb up a ladder that is build onto the "Water wall" and balance on the top as still as I could for 30 seconds as not to shake my tripod and blur the shot, thankfully it came out sharp with the exact perspective I was seeking


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A starry night above the Gran Paradiso group (Italy), observed from the Nivolet plateau. At the bottom you can see the waters of lake Rosset (2.709 m).


The mountain of Gran Paradiso is 4.061 meters high above sea level, nevertheless it looks like a toy beneath the immensity of the starry sky.


In addition to the sector of the Milky Way pointing north east, there are some celestial bodies worthy of note here: Capella (on the left), the Pleiades cluster (aligned over the Gran Paradiso), planet Jupiter (on the right) and the Andromeda Galaxy (slightly above the center of the photo, highlighted in a note here for your convenience).


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Shot taken during a night spent on the summit of Mont Thabor (3.178 m), Vallée Étroite (France).

From left to right: Mont Pelvoux (3.946 m), le Pic des Agneaux (3.663 m) and Barre des Écrins (4.102 m), with the Milky Way above.


Since these faces of the Écrins National Park are exposed to the north, the alignment with the Great Rift of the Milky Way is something absolutely ordinary, perhaps it might be necessary to wait something like one/two hours in order to get the Milky Way visually aligned with the glacier summit of the Barre, allowing due time to the Earth to properly rotate eastwards, so the entire cosmos appears to slip westward.

Here the Barre des Écrins seems willing to make an intergalactic call... probably at home, in full Spielberg style :-)



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Vertical shot to fully enjoy all the magnificence of the Milky Way aligned above the north faces of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Dolomites).

Highly visible, and sparkling, Altair (Aquila constellation) and Vega (Lyra constellation).

The "lantern" at the bottom, as always, is my trusted tent :-)


Considering the nature of this picture, a thought, a sincere dedication, goes to the NASA, after the U.S. government shutdown... accidentally in its own 55th Birthday.


Let's hope that our earthly problems will never actually affect the human transport toward the pursuit of knowledge, truth, and the constant desire to open our minds towards new horizons!

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Pawnee Buttes in northern CO, has some pretty dark skies for photographing the milky way, although numerous brightly lit fracking sites, have diminished the inky blackness to some extent. Jon Blake and I hiked in just as it was getting dark. The path we were on soon narrowed and somehow intermingled with many other narrow single tracks meandering aimlessly throughout the grassland park. Jon's GPS was being mischievous We needed to get to the floor of the valley, so we headed down a gully/drainage ditch that went in the general direction of the buttes. The gully was a deep trench carved out of hardpacked clay by eons of water erosion, and it wound down the slope in a serpentine like fashion. We literally followed this gully for several miles, but probably traveled half a mile in a straight line. All the while wondering if we would come to an insurmountable drop off and have to turn back. We finally reached the buttes after a couple hours, and we shot the milky way for several more hours. Jon skillfully light painted the butte with a 2 cell mag light from left stage. We hiked out about 3 in the morning, finding a less circuitous route, but it was still a long hike out, considering the butte is only a mile from the parking lot. Our dogs kept us company, but they were alarmed by howling coyotes. This is a very unique area in CO, and I'm going to return sometime to check it out in the daylight. Notice the beautiful cow pies in the foreground.

Third and last shot dedicated to the gorgeous North face of the Gran Paradiso group.

In my previous shots I've already documented daylight, sunset, the blue hour... so, here it is the night!


The mountain must be lived at all hours, otherwise... what a waste! :-)


I took a few shots that night, this is my favorite because of the large halo around the planet Jupiter (visible on the top right).


Honestly I do not know exactly what causes, time to time, a halo of light around the planets, the light source in our solar system is and remains the sun, then I guess it might depend on particular angles between sun, earth, planets, etc...

In fact, that evening/night even Venus was very bright, more then usual, showing a similar lovely halo, but it was completely in the West, above the plateau Nivolet, which is (photographically speaking) less interesting than the Gran Paradiso group.


In this portion of night sky above the Gran Paradiso, besides streaked clouds due to 30 sec exposure, it's clearly visible the Orion constellation (perfectly aligned over the 4,061 meters summit), then we have Aldebaran (Taurus constellation), Menkar (Cetus constellation), the Pleiades cluster, and, as said, planet Jupiter.



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I decided to redo this one because I wanted to fix the issue I had with the sharpening. I liked the way this turned out a lot better.

My first decent constellation image. Taken in Skye, Scotland.



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My First attempt to Night Photography!!!

On the way to YLNP, around Cheyenne WY by midnight

Saw this beautful band of stars, dared to go off highway a mile or so away from light and clickd few. Never thought u could really see this, takes time to adjust your eyes in dark..will continue exploring more, thanks for viewing!!

This took over 5 hour of editing :o 9 more school days! AHHHH.


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A shot of a Joshua Tree and the Milky Way out at Joshua Tree National Park. The best time to shoot the milky way in the northern hemisphere is summer time because of its placement during the night sky. The orange glow to the right of the tree is Palm Springs, which is around 30 miles away. Light pollution can really mess up a night sky and lucky for me, it was pretty dark out that night.


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Night shot taken ​​in the alpine area of the Nivolet plateau, Gran Paradiso National Park (Italy).


Symbolic title meant to indicate a sense of visual continuity between the river of stars in the Milky Way with the river of water generated by lake Rosset (2,709 m).


Here the Milky Way is exactly in line above the Grande Aiguille Rousse, temporarily not visible because covered by a cloud. Within, let's say, 35 minutes, the Milky Way will be above the Punta Basei (the mountain on the right, with the glacier). As we all know this apparent inexorable movement of the stars westward is due to the Earth's rotation eastward.

Anyhow, I took already a shot portraying the Milky Way aligned above Punta Basei, exactly on September 2011... so this time I've focused my attention to properly fix this alignment with the river, which I pondered for some time and had not yet got the chance to realize during my previous nocturnal explorations of this lovely area.


As always the night sky treatment is completely natural (I do not like overly-photoshopped night pictures), and reflects the way the camera sees the night sky in complete darkness. A reading, as it is evident, clearer and more detailed if compared to what our eyes allow us to observe.


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If you think that the aurora is just green, then think again. There are a whole multitude of colours found in the northern lights, with green simply being the most commonly seen. Here you can see quite a spectrum above Jökulsárlón ice lagoon in southern Iceland.


Heading back to Iceland in two weeks with Greg Annandale and we'll be meeting up with one of my photographic heros, Dave Morrow.


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NIKON D800 / ISO 5000 / f/2.8 / 25s / Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm / Location: Jökulsárlón, Iceland

This NIghtScape photo was taken last week. Springdale is the entrance to Zion National Park, and is surrounded on both sides by the the park. The mountains are illuminated by the reflected lights from this small town. The mountain in the center is called "The Watchman".


I finally found a good use for light pollution: to do my signature light-painting for me :)


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The waterfall portrayed in this photo is located on the plateau Nivolet (2.612 m), in the Gran Paradiso National Park, and remains exactly aligned with the Punta Basei. Therefore, when the Milky Way falls on the glacier Basei it's usually also well aligned with the top of this waterfall.


Shoot taken after climbing half waterfall in the dark, for a correct perspective...

it goes without saying, but obviously the mere part of taking the shot was indeed the easiest part of the job :-)


The title has a specific meaning... I am deply fascinated by the sense of continuum between space and earth. I've spent years wandering at night through the mountains and I've seen many times scenes like this one.

The sense of wonder is always infinite, you just feel as beeing in touch with a great organic whole.


As usual in night/astro photographic technique, this photo is obtained by combining two exposures: a long one at low ISO for the landscape, in order to preserve details and best high definition print quality, plus a second one of about thirty seconds at high ISO for the cosmos, any longer exposure would have resulted in beginning star trails.

(Obviously it's all manual focusing, tripod, mirror lock up, remote shutter release).



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This shot was taken during the same hike we did at Lake Ann, North Cascades. I didn't realize I got a portion of the celestial equator with this shot -- you can see some of the star trails going to the opposite direction. Over to the top left is a faint Perseid meteor.


Exposure: 1870 seconds (single exposure)

Aperture: f/2.8

Focal Length: 24 mm

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Light painting on this arch was assisted by my two new friends, Allen and Craig, from Texas (standing at the bottom of Double Arch). This northwestern view of the arch and the night sky was captured with a 30-second exposure (15mm Fisheye, f2.8, ISO 6400). Arches National Park, Utah.


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This was a fun night at Glacier National Park. This shot was taken one day after the new moon at the Hidden Lake overlook.

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In the last few years, there's have been several photos that I've really wanted to capture for myself. A number of these have actually been in Namibia and one of them was capturing the amazing-looking quiver trees (Kokerbooms) under the Milky Way.


This was my fourth shooting location in Namibia, but one of my favourites. Sadly, the next place after this was about an 8 hours drive away in the very north of the country.


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Nikon D800 / ISO 2500 / f/2.8 / 25s / Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED @ 14mm / Location: Quiver Tree Forest, Namibia

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