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Back in April i had…

Back in April i had the pleasure of shooting with two of my very talented friends, @cecphotos & @stevenjmagner... one of the main reasons I like writing stories about my adventures is not only to share with you guys, but to help myself remember which I’m having a problem doing so many months later, lol. I think Chris was in town for the NAB convention, and we had dinner with @tenacityinpursuit... at some point I think Steven was jealous of us going out and shooting 😜 so he made the 4 hr drive out to vegas to join us for some adventures... I had never been here at night although I have explored many other parts in the same vicinity.. (please don’t ask the location, and please don’t name it; I appreciate you guys in advance... ) We hiked out to this spot after midnight on a night the very small moon wouldn’t ride until after the MW had set and played around shooting for a few hours. I ended up hiking out on my own because I had to be up but the guys wanted to stay for sunrise.. —— This was 12 images stacked in SLS for Noise Reduction I took exposed for the sky. The light pollution from Vegas was enough to light the foreground in spite of the lack of moonlight; that’s Vegas light on the bottom right. I’m sad that milky ways season is over but I am happy that I have countless photos left to share from the season because I took so many! —- ISO 6400 F2.8 15 seconds @tokinausa 16-28mm @ 16 @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6DMK1

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I love exploring Utah’s otherworldly…

I love exploring Utah’s otherworldly landscapes... you never know what you might find out there.. the colors are so vibrant and the memories with friends so vivid... this last trip was a much needed adventure both to catch the end of Milky Way season and be out in nature... my only complaint was how cold it got at night! Where should I head off to next? —— 📸 @missjessbess Compression gear @virusintl Tank top @savage_infidel_llc

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#TBT #ThrowbackThursday need to head…

#TBT #ThrowbackThursday need to head back to this dreamscape soon! —- Repost @narcissisticnomad ・・・ Living in a dream... I took off up to Salt Lake City with @MissJessBess exactly a month ago with wildflowers and Milky Way on our minds... this was from the last night we were there and I can’t believe how much we lucked out on this incredible sunset... we weren’t so lucky that night with the clouds and Milky Way so I’m glad we walked away with this amazing experience and not empty handed... I can’t remember if I took this with my remote of me, or if Jess clicked it for me, so thank you Jess either way!

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I was really hoping to…

I was really hoping to make it back here again this season but it might have to wait till next year! #TBT #ThrowBackThursday —- Repost @tracyleephotos ・・・ So the other night, @missjessbess and took off to the Grand Canyon in search of this viewpoint we had been obsessed w/ for some time. I didn’t know what it was called, so I pored over maps until I figured it out; we took off to pick up permits from the Navajo Office in Cameron, Az.. — We walked into the offices at 3:45 pm, but I guess we were wrong and it was actually 4:45; the Navajo nation is on Mtn time. The gentleman opened the door for us and when we asked for a permit, he issued it as well as gave us a map with very difficult directions on how to access the edge of the canyon. we didn’t know that other than us, the canyon had been closed to visitors since May... (we found this out after the fact and even called the office to verify..) — We very happily took off to our destination and although made many stops along the way for photos, arrived to the edge of the canyon in plenty of time before the sun went down; we couldn’t see it because of storms but it hadn’t set yet. — We backed the Jeep up to the center edge of the canyon where we could sit in the back of the vehicle & still adjust our cameras.. we could see clouds rolling in but we’re hoping they would clear by the time the milkyway rose.. I let a timelapse run while I waited for the next few hours and we fell asleep in the back of the Jeep. About 330 am, Jess moved up to the front seat and I checked my shots for a slight glimpse of the MW... I got nothing good, but as blue hour arrived, so did clear skies! Jess joined me in this very short opp to shoot the Milky Way perfectly aligned almost west at the center of the canyon as the light was starting to brighten the sky. I LOVE how prominent Mars is on this image because of the clouds! Lower pano I shot at am Blue Hour. — I shot a 2 frame horizontal orientation vertical pano with 20 stacked images in each. — SKY: 20 images stacked ISO 10000 F2.8 10 seconds - Foreground: 20 images stacked ISO 100 F11 1/13 second — @tokinausa 11-20 2.8 @ 16mm @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6DMK1 Processed in LR & PS

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Making breakfast this morning after…

Making breakfast this morning after watching the sun rise over this landscape... I love exploring Utah and have to admit that I have been impatiently waiting to come to this place in Utah... eggs and bacon tasted so much better here for some reason... what’s your favorite place to have breakfast??

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I feel so lucky to…

I feel so lucky to live so close to Utah and all its wondrous landscapes!! I also feel so fortunate to have so many friends who love to get out and explore... it really makes for a #lifeworthliving... I’m sitting in my tent right now outside of capital reef, about to get my day started and I thought I would post this photo from a previous Utah trip and mention how thankful I am... what are you thankful for? (I know it’s not thanksgiving yet, I’m just getting ready for it! Lol —- 📸 @missjessbess

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I have to admit that…

I have to admit that I’m excited to head to Utah again tomorrow... my trips have been fewer than normal as of late but that’s because I needed some time to slow down and catch up.. I’m finding my balance again and starting off on my journeys more. Not to say I haven’t been traveling at all, because I have! It’s just been less.. - I love to explore any time of day or night; what is your favorite time of day to adventure? - 📸 @missjessbess

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Another part of the same…

Another part of the same trip where the skies were all smoked out from fires in August.. I’m sad to say I never got a really clear view of the Tetons but I did have a great time with friends!! Who’s been here before?? —- 📸 @missjessbess

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#FBF #FlashbackFriday To this date,…

#FBF #FlashbackFriday To this date, one of my favorite photos... —— Repost @tracyleephotos . Reflection Canyon.It was brought to public light by a Nat Geo photographer named Michael Melford for a story, Glen Canyon Revealed in 2006. The canyon got "famous" when Apple TV added it to its screen saver in 2012. (I recently learned that Google added an image of Reflection Canyon to IT'S screen saver by another photographer- weird lol) In 2010-a photographer name Ranier Grosskopf had seen the article by Michael and arranged to journey to the canyon and created a series of way pojints that I used to follow to get there 5 years later in 2015. I made sure to learn from his mistakes- I paid attention to the water levels in the lake and went there at its lowest level in end of April last year. I posted the images I got & became "friends" on FB and Instagram as a result with @MichaelMelford. He gave me props for making the journey by foot- he had done it by boat. I decided to make this an annual trip &went again last week. The journey? For me it's a 5 hour drive up to Escalante, UT.From there it's a 55 mile drive down Hole In the Rock Rd, parts of which can need a 4x4 to navigate. We were lucky, the road was in pretty good condition.I've since heard it's been completely washed out;about a day or so after we left. From the point we parked, it's another close to 10 miles over varied terrain with no trail. I have many sets of waypoints now from both Ranier Grosskopf and myself;mine has a steep but big short cut listed in it. Last year I did it as a day hike w/ 2 friends.This year a larger group of friends accompanied me out there &we camped at the top of the canyon so we could shoot the milky way &the sunrise.lt was an epic experience;one that was not easy &needed quite a bit of planning due to water/heat constraints. We were lucky that it rained the week before & there were plenty of potholes to filter water from. If you decide to go, do so with the plan of carrying enough water for the entire trip. I had enough, but one in our group had underestimated and not rationed well.

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#FLASHBACKFRIDAY I need to get…

#FLASHBACKFRIDAY I need to get my ass back in some hot springs... I’m addicted; need more hot springs! —- Repost @narcissisticnomad: I saw the most amazing sunset last night while dipping in some hot springs outside of Vegas.. the weather was absolutely perfect; the cold hasn't kicked in here in Vegas yet... what hot springs do you like to go to in Vegas??

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