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Boy, was this ever an…

Boy, was this ever an...

Boy, was this ever an adventure.. A 4 hr drive from Las Vegas with my friend Shane Jensen towing his boat to Page, AZ.. I planned this as our place to camp and shoot for Friday night, and the dirt road in seemed ok to take the boat. Long story short, we crossed through a gate to keep cattle out or in, and at that point it turned into a steep sandy hill.. No, we didn't get the boat stuck, but it was quite a bit of maneuvering before we took it back down the road and parked it till the morning.. --- We then made our way to the hoodoos and scoped out MW and Star Trail comps at about 1am (we originally were trying to get there before dark). Me, Sao Ly Benson Nick Wrzesinski & Blaine Deluca were all shooting so you can imagine trying to light this place to appease everyone's camera angles and settings was a bit difficult. But, it seems like everyone successfully pulled good images from here! We used 2 lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE at this link for free US Shipping) thank you Shane for all of your help in moving lights around! ________ Settings for all images: ISO 1600 F2.8 30 seconds 6 images for foreground stacked in SLS for NR 124 images for sky Processed in PS & LR - Tokina USA 11-20 2.8 Slik USA 634-CFL Canon 70d Tether Tools Case Relay using a USB power pack to power my camera instead of a battery _________ #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #pagearizona #arizona #lumecube #capture4cubes #litbylume

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The goal of this weekends…

The goal of this weekends...

The goal of this weekends adventure was to access Reflection Canyon from the water of Lake Powell in spite of the lake being too high for my ideal comp; we just wanted to go on an adventure.. the famed original photo of RC by Michael Melford was accessed by boat & not by hiking in.. --- I did my research &came across an access point to climb out of the lake.. I grabbed my friend @Shane1000rr & his boat, along w/ photogs, @saolybensonphoto & @nick_wrz, @pennidog & a crew of friends on a mission to explore some canyons of Lake Powell. The day was a bit cold on the lake but in the canyons we explored the weather was perfect. We hit an amazing slot canyon before gassing up at Dangling Rope marina &continuing on to Reflection Canyon. We wanted to check the place we were docking we b4 dark. --- We found it easily, but the level of the lake ruined our plans! We could see the beach below the water about 5-7 ft; we couldn't land now because of it being all rocks. I did a quick search on google maps to hopefully find another option. We headed into Hidden Canyon, one canyon prior to Reflection, landed on a sandy beach & hiked about 1.5 miles looking for any possible way to the top. We had a lot of fun exploring but w/ no success. --- We decided to take the boat through RC (which I learned from last summers trip is an amazingly beautiful journey to take) &found a great area to camp in. We set up & as we were doing so I kept hearing splashing noise on the water as if someone were paddling up. Turns out the carp were spawning in the shallow beach areas of the canyon &they made noise & flopped in the shallow water ALL NIGHT LONG. I hiked down the beach a ways to try & find a comp using the interesting trees I had seen coming in. --- So while this is not the expected or typical 'Reflection Canyon' image, it is a reflection image taken within Reflection Canyon. lit from the side by a single Lumecube.com/160.html (use TRACYLEE at that link at check out for FREE US Shipping!) on the 3rd power setting manually on the cube itself. ______ ISO 6400 F2.8 15 Seconds 10 images stacked in SLS for NR Processed in LR & PS @tokinausa 11-20 2.8 @slikusa 634-cfl @canonusa 60d ______

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So since i don’t own…

So since i don't own...

So since i don't own a dog myself and really don't have the time to be responsible for another life, I get to borrow my friend @_Blaino's #pitbull, @pennidog and she loves me like I'm her full time best friend!! She accompanied me to VOF in FEBRUARY when I was Desperately Seeking Milky Way!!! And as the sun was coming up, she had sat herself right in my composition so I obviously had to take a photo! ---- This was lit lightly from the right and left by lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE for free shipping) ---- This is 5 images stacked for the Noise Reduction in Starry Landscape Stacker and she was in 1 of the images. She didn't stay still for very long lol so I couldn't stack her in there.. _______ ISO 2500 F2.0 20 seconds @TokinaUSA 14-20 2.0 @SlikUSA 634-CFL @CanonUSA 70d Stacked in SLS for NR Processed in LR & PS ________ #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #valleyoffire #elephantrock #lumecube #capture4cubes #litbylume

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Every time I have made…

Every time I have made...

Every time I have made the trek to Havasu Falls, I have discussed wanting to hike the extra 16 miles RT to the confluence of the Colorado River and Havasu Creek, smack dab in the Grand Canyon. I have also talked about wanting to shoot the MW at Upper Navajo Falls.. Well, on this past trip I finally did both (much to the dismay of my feet) and luckily convinced @mb.stark to hike with me to the falls in the middle of the night (much to the dismay of Matt lol). It was already 3:30 in the morning and we were set to do the hike out the next day. We got to the falls and set up at the farther point out that we could only to realize that the Milky Way didn't quite line up yet... --- Using photo pills, I saw that it would barely line up right around 5am so I got busy working on lighting using two lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE at the previous link for FREE US shipping!)... --- It never fully lined up before the sky started getting brighter; at the settings we were shooting at it showed blue hour pretty quick. I could have adjusted my settings but it seemed futile and we were super cold and tired by then. We only got an hr sleep before we had to be up again. Bummed I didn't get the shot I wanted but still think this turned out pretty cool.. Now I'm motivated to go back and do more hiking for the shot I want!! lol _______ ISO 6400 F2.8 20 seconds 10 images stacked in SLS for NR Processed in LR @TokinaUSA 11-20 2.8 @SlikUSA 634-CFL @CanonUSA 70d _______ #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #utahisrad #utahunique #utahrocks #supai #havasu #havasupai #havasufalls

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This photo ended up as…

This photo ended up as...

This photo ended up as an afterthought... I had picked a second location to shoot after Juniper and Monolith in Joshua Tree but we had taken too long at the 1st spot (partially because of clouds), and the 2nd one no longer lined up... I wanted to get at least one more comp before not sleeping and was driving out as soon as we were done shooting.. I was also helping @dreadhead_derek shoot the MW for his 1st time and this was where we ended up... The light pollution was a little tough to deal with and I actually spent quite a bit of time editing this one... --- I got another flat tire on my SPARE tire on my way back to Vegas.. :( ________ ISO 6400 F2.8 25 Seconds 10 images stacked in SLS for NR Processed in LR @TokinaUSA 11-20 2.8 @SlikUSA 634-CFL @canonusa 70d ________ #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #hoyafilter #mstracylee #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #jtree #jtnp

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Every single month, at the…

Every single month, at the...

Every single month, at the beginning of a new Milky Way session I tend to be desperate... Those couple weeks or so from night shooting has me fiending all over again.. Mid april was no different so I planned to stop in St George for the night to stay with friends so I could shoot at Zion on my way up to Moab the following day... --- At dinner with my buddy Jason Laughlin, we scoped out the angle and time of alignment for the MW with The Watchman from the bridge over the creek. I know, a very common comp but one I didn't have yet, and one that was super easy to get to when I was out shooting alone that night which is something I don't typically make a habit of.. We figured out that it wasn't going to line up till right before it started getting light out, but for some reason I hoped I was wrong so I set an alarm for 130 am, and left for Zion by 2.. --- I was at the bridge by 230 and pulled out photo pills to find that I was quite correct in my earlier calculations and it wouldn't align till 430.. I didn't want to wait around that long so, dejected, I started driving back towards Springdale, hoping for a different composition. As I was exiting the gates of Zion, I saw the MW lined up to The Watchman in a not as common composition over the campgrounds. --- I hopped out of my car, shot 2 different comps over about 30 minutes, and happily called it a night! ________ Foreground ISO 6400 F2.0 30 seconds 10 images stacked in SLS for NR Sky ISO 6400 F2.0 13 seconds 10 images stacked in SLS for NR Processed in LR & PS @TokinaUSA 14-20 2.0 @SlikUSA 634-CFL @CanonUSA 70d ________ ____ #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #werutah #utahisrad #utahunique #utahrocks #zionnps #zionnationalpark #thewatchman

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Another shot from my trip…

Another shot from my trip...

Another shot from my trip a couple weeks ago to the Swell with @the_gingers_adventures & @xlj_photography.. This is a different angle in the same location I shot from in the previous picture.. It took some effort lighting this because I had to climb down out of the arch area to try and bounce light off the rocks towards the opposite wall.. This whole area was the most lighting I think I have ever done in one place... Just wish I hadn't lost one of my lume cubes!! (free shipping at lumecube.com/160.html using code TRACYLEE) --- For those of you who didn't read about it previously.. We randomly ran into @xlj_photography at a gas station on our way here, and he joined the group as we back packed into this place! ____ ISO 6400 F2.8 15 seconds 10 images stacked in SLS for NR Processed in LR @TokinaUSA 11-20 2.8 @SlikUSA 634-CFL Canon 70d ____ #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #werutah #utahisrad #utahunique #utahrocks #moabutah #litbylume #captureforcubes

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I took off on a…

I took off on a...

I took off on a random adventure to Joshua Tree to meet up w/ @dreadhead_derek.. It involved a flat tire 30 minutes out and he came and saved me (I had the wrong kind of jack so he went and picked one up at Walmart and brought it to me!).. It wasn't until the 2nd night that I shot this, fully worried in APRIL if I was going to get skunked by clouds again as I had on day 1; I've been skunked or almost skunked more often than it's been clear thus far this year and it's been SUPER frustrating!! Anyways, I know that Juniper and Monolith is a very common location but since I was there, I decided to shoot it.. We camped in site 18 right in front of it that night. I can't actually say we camped because I left at 430 am back to Las Vegas on my spare which I drove much slower than normal. About 30 minutes outside of Vegas the tire started feeling funny so I pulled over immediately. It had blown up like a balloon and in the process of checking it, popped right in my face. Luckily nothing happened! I was stuck on the side of the road dealing with this a few more hours but @jerry2112 came and saved me... --- The light pollution in the area is VERY bad and required toning down in this image. I stacked 10 images in Starry Landscape Stacker to reduce noise. I also lit this with a lumecube.com/160.html (use TRACYLEE for free shipping at that URL) from the left side bounced off the rocks to the left of me. ________ ISO 6400 F2.8 10 seconds @TokinaUSA 11-20 2.8 @SlikUSA 634-CFL @CanonUSA 70d 10 images stacked in SL S for NR Processed in LR ________ #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #hoyafilter #mstracylee #litbylume #capture4cubes #lumecube

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This was the same adventure…

This was the same adventure...

This was the same adventure from 2 photos ago in the Swell but from earlier in the evening. @xlj_photography and I spent some time setting up my 3 LumeCube.com/160.html (Use TRACYLEE for free US shipping at check out) and his LED panel which took quite a bit of climbing around because the area is bigger than it seems in pics... let me note that this was a pretty hard area to light!!! --- we shot foreground shots then turned off all the lights except the one in the middle. We cooked some food, set alarms and passed out, waiting for the Milky Way to rise.. my camera shot 10 images for the foreground and 325 for the sky, all at the exact same settings as listed below.. ______ ISO 640 F2.8 30 seconds 10 images stacked in SLS for NR 325 images Processed in LR & PS @tokinausa 11-20 2.8 @slikusa 634-cfl @canonusa 70d _______ #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #hoyafilter #mstracylee #moabutah #sanrafaelswell

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The entire weekend we were…

The entire weekend we were...

The entire weekend we were out in the Moab area 2 weeks ago when I met up with a bunch of Milky Way Chasers, we were fighting against the clouds every night. I got a bunch of us together for dinner at Moab Brewery including @Keith_Burke_Photography, @xlj_photography, and @the_gingers_adventures, and we needed a location that we could get to easily in case the clouds never cleared. Someone came up with the idea of Fisher Towers because we could drive right up to it. So after dinner was finished, we all drove the 30 miles to the Fisher Towers parking lot and fell asleep in our individual cars. --- We set alarms for 1am when the MW was to rise but when I looked out the window, the sky was still completely overcast... Not sure how, but I woke up again without an alarm at 2am and when I looked outside it was almost clear (in spite of my foggy contacts). I fumbled blindly for the door and escaped the car only to set off my car alarm which woke everyone else up. --- I was hoping to use my lume cubes to somehow light up the towers but in spite of walking quite a ways closer to them they were making no difference. So I chose to shoot my milky way shots for stacking and then I shot 5 images at 5 minutes each for the foreground. ________ Sky ISO 6400 F2.8 15 seconds Foreground ISO 3200 F2.8 330 Seconds @TokinaUSA 11-20mm 2.8 @ 13mm @SlikUSA 634-CFL @CanonUSA 70d ________ #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #hoyafilter #werutah #utahisrad #utahunique #utahrocks #moabutah #fishertowers

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