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I had barely dusted off…

I had barely dusted off...

I had barely dusted off my cameras from my Moab trip when on a whim I decided take off to Borrego Springs... I wanted to shoot the wild flowers really bad and knew that if I waited much longer that I wouldn't have a chance. So I grabbed @ambiec28 and with all the intent in the world got on the road to try and catch sunset at 7:30 down there. --- We were meeting up with @StanMoniz who is on Team @TokinaUSA and Team @SlikUSA with me and his buddy Dan.. They were running super late which demotivated us so we grabbed dinner in Indio and finally got to Borrego Springs around 10:15pm.. --- We were already off roading in my rental car looking for compositions in the dark as well as wild flowers. The purple Verbana were blooming every where and threw off the sweetest scent; I believe it was this scent that side tracked me and caused me to get the car slightly stuck in the sand. Amber helped me push it out and moments later we were continuing on. We finally met up with the guys and set up this first composition at the famed desert big horn statues. They are on the actual Galleta Meadows Estate. I left this running until my battery died and we wandered other places in the town. This ended up being close to 300 exposures; I had shot some foreground images but because of my car lights leaving to go shoot other spots,the statues were lit up nicely and made my editing 10 times easier. --- By the way, in case you're wondering, the desert big horn statues are pretty anatomically correct... ________ ISO 640 f2.8 30 seconds Processed in LR & PS @TokinaUSA 11-20 2.8 @SlikUSA CF-522 @CanonUSA 70d ________ #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #nightpicsession #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #borregosprings #anzaborrego #startrails #startrail #desertbighorn

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SINGLE SHOT — I watched…

SINGLE SHOT --- I watched...

SINGLE SHOT --- I watched the weather all evening and it pretty much said I wasn't going to be able to shoot tonight in the Palm Springs/Joshua Tree area so I made my way home.. As I was coming into Lucerne Valley, I was watching this crazy storm shooting bolts of lightning straight up.. I rolled into town hoping I could find a good foreground and remembered this cafe on the corner where I had to turn.. I was lazy; i grabbed all my gear from the trunk and then sat in the drivers seat and set up everything out the window of the car.. I have behind the scenes pics of this and my excuse is that it was COLD!!! While I was taking my photos, a security guard climbed out of his camper to see what I was up to and blocked my camera through another lightning strike. And, by the time I was set up, the lightning strikes were so few and far between that this blockage was a bummer! Still stoked to get this shot, though! Bummed- looks like the skies are clear over in Palm Springs now :( I could have gone somewhere to shoot in J tree tonight!!!! Ps: check my story for the behind the scenes of this photo lol and can someone tell me why the 24/7 cafe is closed!?!! ________ ISO 400 F22 10 seconds @Canonusa 24-70 Canon 70d @Slikusa 634-CFL Single image processed in LR & PS _______ --- #longexposure_shots #stormchasing #nightshooterz #nightshooters #nightpics #stormchasers #stormchaser #stormchase #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #stormassist #itsamazingoutthere #supercell #nightphotography #storm #nature #adventure #lightning #weather #lightningstrikes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa

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Can anyone guess what time…

Can anyone guess what time...

Can anyone guess what time I took this? I was in Moab last week for a friends birthday and Saturday morning she wanted to see the sunrise at delicate arch. So we all made the hike out in the dark by the light of the moon. I was definitely interested in getting sun rise pictures but I'm also happy with getting star pictures when I didn't expect to. The foreground is lit by the setting moon... I know that delicate arch is in an insane amount of pictures, (probably more than Miley Cyrus) but I can't help but add mine to the mix. ---- ISO 1600 F2.0 5 seconds @tokinausa 14-20 2.0 @slikusa 634-cfl @canonusa 70d 4 images stacked in SLS for NR Processed in LR, PS ---- . . . . . #longexposure_shots #nightimages #nightshooterz #nightshooters #nightpics #milkywaygalaxy #astrophotography #astrophoto #astro_photography_ #astro_photography #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeospace #milkyway #nightphotography #night_excl #amazingphotohunter #fantasticuniverse #tracyleephotos #tracylee #utahrocks #utahisrad #iloveutah #werutah #visitutah #utahdotcom

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Remember how I said I…

Remember how I said I...

Remember how I said I set up 3 cameras out at Goblin Valley last week when I was out there by myself? Well this was camera #2 set to shoot star trails... I shot a bunch of foreground images before the moon set and it made for some very fiery looking Goblins!! Then I left my camera shooting on timelapse while I went and shot the pano I posted a couple days ago... I didn't have as much time in the star trails as I would have liked, but I'm still pretty happy with the result. If you see the bottom right hand part of the image is somewhat bright, that's because of the sky lightening up with the rising of the sun. I stacked 10 foreground images in Starry Landscape Stacker for Noise Reduction.. _______ Foreground: ISO 2500 F2.8 15 seconds Stacked in SLS for NR @tokinausa 11-16 2.8 @slikusa AL-420 @canonusa 70d - Sky: 225 images ISO 640 F2.8 30 seconds Processed in LR & PS ________ . . . . . #longexposure_shots #nightimages #nightshooterz #nightshooters #nightpics #milkywaygalaxy #astrophotography #astrophoto #astro_photography_ #astro_photography #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeospace #milkyway #nightphotography #night_excl #amazingphotohunter #fantasticuniverse #tracyleephotos #tracylee #utahrocks #utahisrad #iloveutah #werutah #visitutah #utahdotcom

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The time change really messed…

The time change really messed...

The time change really messed me up on this particular morning lol.. Because my android phone refuses to automatically change time zones and then we had to spring forward at 2am, so on my phone it was 1am, but wouldnt actually do it till 2am and I needed to wake up early to try and get work done before heading out on this hike.. Somehow through my food coma, and exhaustion from the day, I was able to figure out what time to set my alarm and we made it out to Corona Arch for some early morning photos and fun.. --- My girl @JessGrambau, her boyfriend @parkcitydesignbuild (Happy Birthday Chris!!!) and golden doodle, Moose got in a day later than the rest of the group so didn't get to hit sunrise at Delicate Arch the day before. Guess who's the lucky one who did both? lol.. I really am ok with that tell you the truth, especially when I end up with cool images like this! --- I love these adventure portraits I have been doing lately and have a few actual shoots scheduled for this season. I have been doing them of myself, as well as of people I am with. Sunday morning I set up LumeCubes.com/160.html to light the arch in 2 places as well as one in Jess's hand. The sky in the actual photo I shot of them wasn't the color I wanted so I shot some separate images and merged them together from the exact same tripod location..I love how this portrait turned out! ---- PS: did you see i'm giving away a @slikusa tripod? Check my previous post!! _______ People: ISO 640 F9.0 1.3 seconds Background ISO 2500 F2.8 .8 seconds @TokinaUSA 11-16mm 2.8 @SlikUSA 634-CFL @Canonusa 70d ________ . . . . . #landscapelover #rsa_nature #rsa_light #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #landscapehunter #beautifuldestinations #amazingearth #earthdeluxe #earthpics #earthpix #fantasticearth #earthmagic #earthcapture #wonderfulplaces #earthfocus #earthofficial #natgeo #natgeotravel #canon #canonusa #natgeohub #wonderful_places #awesomeglobe #awesomepix #fantastic_earth

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This week, at my adventure…

This week, at my adventure...

This week, at my adventure friend, @JessGrambau's behest, we stayed at @undercanvasmoab on Sunday night... I was complaining about hating camping in the cold, and this was the solution!! It's glamping at it's finest and you can't BEAT the view we had of the La Sal Mountains out our door... --- Thank you to @TGClark08 for the Suite upgrade! Queen size bed, couch fold out bed, private bathroom & shower, stove, and more. --- This is 300 images for the star trails.. There were some clouds throughout that night and a full moon as well, so I really wasn't sure how this star trail portrait was going to turn out.. I also set up a LumeCube.com/160.html for the foreground and shot 10 images of me, Jess, and Chris on the porch of our suite which I stacked using Starry Landscape Stacker for noise reduction. I edited the entire thing in LR and PS.. Pretty stoked with the result! I did a f8 for the foreground to get starry lights. Thank you @virusintl for my gear i'm wearing! ________ Foreground 10 images ISO 6400 F8 1 second @tokinausa 11-16 2.8 @slikusa 634-CFL @canonusa 70d ---- StarTrails 300 images ISO 100 F2.8 30 seconds @TokinaUSA 11-16 2.8 @SlikUSA 634-CFL @CanonUSA 70d _________ . . . . . #utahrocks #utahisrad #iloveutah #visitutah #tokinausa #slikusa #werutah #landscapelover #rsa_nature #rsa_light #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #landscapehunter #beautifuldestinations #amazingearth #earthdeluxe #earthpics #earthpix #fantasticearth #earthmagic #earthcapture #wonderfulplaces #earthfocus #earthofficial #natgeo #natgeotravel #canon #canonusa #natgeohub

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What a wonderful time I…

What a wonderful time I...

What a wonderful time I had in Moab for my friend @hammertohome's birthday. It consisted of very little sleep but, all of my adventures usually do. I haven't t even begun to scratch the surface of posting photos from this trip but I'm going to try to not overwhelm (but there as so many good ones!!) --- Thank you to everyone; old friends and new!! Thanks also to @JessGrambau for this new head shot!! Thanks also to @virusintl for keeping me warm and comfy the ENTIRE trip! Hank you to @tokinausa & @slikusa for the awesome support! Have you guys seen @reddressdiaries yet? Some great content coming out there soon!! --- Photo taken on portrait mode on #iPhone7.. --- #mstracylee #tracylee #tracyleephotos #moab #moabutah #coronaarch #railroadtracks #headshot #virusintl #iloveutah #utahrocks #utahisrad #visitutah #archesnps #arches #adventureismydrug #adventureofalifetime #adventuretime #livealifeworthliving #livelifetothefullest #livelifelove #photographerlife #phototravel

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I always like to do…

I always like to do...

I always like to do double duty so the last night of the March MW session, when I shot the Milky Way at North Window inside @ArchesNPS, I also shot a star trail from the other direction. The lume cube I set up just so I could see what I was doing as the moon had almost set, and I ended up just leaving it out of haste as well as liking the result I was getting out of it on both of my compositions! I only had 20 mins to shoot according to Photopills before the skies started lighting up but it ended up being more like 40 min... this is about 70 images stacked for star trails and 10 stacked for the foreground in Starry Landscape Stacker.. --- Foreground ISO 4000 F4.0 20 seconds @tokinausa 14-20 2.8 @slikusa 634-cfl @canonusa 70d Stars ISO 800 or 640 can't recall F2.0 30 seconds ---- . . . . . #utahrocks #utahisrad #iloveutah #visitutah #startrails #startrail #startrailchasers #werutah #landscapelover #rsa_nature #rsa_night #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #landscapehunter #beautifuldestinations #amazingearth #earthdeluxe #earthpics #earthpix #fantasticearth #earthmagic #earthcapture #wonderfulplaces #earthfocus #earthofficial #natgeo #natgeotravel #canon #canonusa #natgeohub

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Exactly one year ago tonight,…

Exactly one year ago tonight,...

Exactly one year ago tonight, I was sitting in this very spot shooting this very thing... I had come out to Arches for my first time to meet up with friends &shoot photos... I hadn't quite delved into Astro Photography as of yet having only done a couple half ass attempts prior to this trip, 1 year ago. - At the time, most of my trips were centered around the adventure &photography was always secondary. This particular trip was all about the photos &my whole schedule was centered around sunrise, sunset, &the milky way.. We were really going non-stop on no sleep &it really hasn't changed since then. - It was at North Window I created an image. It was visually stunning to me, although looking back on the same image, I realize how technically wrong it was. It didn't matter because I was captivated. I went home from Arches with a new outlook. And, found myself back in Moab just a few days later to shoot as much MW, sunrise &sunset that I could. - A week later, I started Milky Way Chasers​. Yup, that means next week, MWC is a year old. Whoa. The people I have met, the places that I have been, the images that I have shot. Can you believe all of that happened in one short year??? - I was compelled to go back early this morning; as a kind of hello, &perhaps thank you.. I knew it was a year this week, but until FB popped up a live video from today last year, I didn't know that today was the actual day! So it was very fitting that I shot this image today. - It was a bit hazy in the sky, which lent to an awesome effect on some of the stars! Day was also about to break; this was taken around 5:30am. Oh yeah, I went by the park 3 times last night to make sure it wasn't closed with the construction that was supposed to start on March 1st. I was the ONLY person in the park I think until about an hr later when someone else showed up to shoot near turret arch.. - Thank you to everyone, those I have met &those I have yet to meet. You have all been a part of this amazing journey &I look forward to seeing what comes next! ________ 10 images stacked for Noise Reduction in Starry Landscape Stacker ISO 6400 F2.0 13 seconds @TokinaUSA​ 14-20 2.0 @slikusa 634-cfl @canonusa 70d #wowutah

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I’ve always wanted to shoot…

I've always wanted to shoot...

I've always wanted to shoot the Milky Way at Goblin Valley. I wasn't supposed to head to Moab till this morning, but since I didn't go snowboarding yesterday and every single night that I've been in Salt Lake theres's been a massive amount of clouds, I decided to head down to try and score some shots. --- I arrived to Goblin Valley around 2 AM, paid for my camp spot, and proceeded to put on all my snowboard gear and as many warm layers as I could. I then pulled out three @canonusa camera bodies, three @tokinausa lenses and three @slikusa tripods and made my way down into the goblin's lair.. --- Now setting up three cameras, getting focus, and finding good compositions is very difficult to do in a timely manner. That's why I gave myself an hour and a half before the moon set so I could figure out my composition and then shoot foreground shots. Camera one was set for star trails. Camera two was set for a time lapse. Camera three was for a pano as well as single shots. I didn't get my third camera set up in time to utilize the light of the moon. So I just lit the feature from both the left and the right. I'm still learning how to get my pano consistent and I spent a lot of time on that last night. --- I jumped in the car to start editing this image while my other two cameras continued to click. This was one of the last shots I took of the evening; I know it's definitely not my best one. I can't wait to go through the rest of the images! You'd think I went back and grabbed my cameras and left but no, I set them up for the sunrise that was just starting to peek over the mountains surrounding the valley. Those pictures coming soon too! --- ISO 6400 F2.0 13 Seconds @TokinaUSA 14-20 2.0 @canonusa 70d @Slikusa 634-CFL 10 images stacked for NR in SLS Processed in LR, PS --- . . . . . #utahrocks #utahisrad #iloveutah #visitutah #thedollhouse #mazedistrict #themaze #werutah #landscapelover #rsa_nature #rsa_light #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #landscapehunter #beautifuldestinations #amazingearth #earthdeluxe #earthpics #earthpix #fantasticearth #earthmagic #earthcapture #wonderfulplaces #earthfocus #earthofficial #natgeo #natgeotravel #canon #canonusa

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