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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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#TBT to November of last…

#TBT to November of last year and I was exploring the deserts of the SW with friends.. — Repost: I headed off on a 6 day adventure with @KaydenPhan in tow on Saturday evening... She spontaneously joined and we were off within a couple hours.. Our destination?? New Mexico to meet up with @smpetersonphotography & @safatajphoto .. We've just spent the last 3 days with next to no phone service exploring all kinds of hoodoo areas, both known and ones we discovered on google maps.. It was such an awesome time and the adventures are far from over! We're heading to Page now to meet up with a few more photographers and continue the fun.. Season's not over till the fat lady sings I always say, and we're milking her for everything she's got! --- This was taken yesterday evening; the foreground shot around 6pm and the sky about 20 minutes later... I had wanted to get a blue hour milky way and do a stacked image only, but because the sun went down right where the Milky Way rose I wasn't able to get anything that looked great.. So I stacked and blended 15 images for the foreground and 15 for the sky in starry landscape stacker. I used 2 Lume Cubes (Lumecube.com/160.html and use code TRACYLEE for free US Shipping) to light the area with Lighthouse and CTO filters on them. The hoodoos themselves were different colors so that's why they are different colors in the image. I bounced the light off a set of hoodoos off to the left. --- All images both foreground and sky: ISO 6400 F 2.8 10 seconds Tokina USA 16-28 @ 19mm Slik USA 635-CF Canon 6dmk1 Processed in LR & PS --- #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #mycanonstory #newmexico #bistibadands #longexposure_shots #nightshooters #nightpics #milkywaygalaxy #astrophotography #astrophoto #astro_photography_ #astro_photography #longexposure #longexpohunter #lumecube #capture4cubes #litbylume

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#TBT #ThrowbackThursday I can go…

#TBT #ThrowbackThursday I can go here over and over and never tire of this place.. —- Repost @narcissisticnomad ・・・ After a late night of shooting the stars at Dead Horse Point, it was only fitting we stayed to see the sunrise.. I’m officially on day 9 of #TheGreatMilkyWayChase and haven’t had much sleep and been in 3 states so far on this journey... I’m going to Day 14, and then have to be back in Vegas to work.. then I’m back out for the final week of the competition... —— @virusintl keeping me warm!!

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So this one time I…

So this one time I was wandering around Yellowstone alone... 😂😂😂 —— In spite of the crowds, it was really cool to finally see Yellowstone in person. I didn’t have enough time and I would love to go back too.... thanks to @missjessbess for taking wonderful photos of me so I don’t have to set up my tripod!! Lol

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Remember all the fires in…

Remember all the fires in August? @missjessbess and I were exploring Utah at the time and got smoked out of a lot of photos... in spite of it all, this view is still so gorgeous! —- 📸 @missjessbess Camera pack: @tenbabags

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A few weeks ago, I…

A few weeks ago, I headed out on an epic adventure to meet up with @missjessbess @megavai @whiskeybowen & @ryantoswald... We decided to meet on a Friday up in Idaho at Craters of The Moon.. So on the way up, I made a stop at these charcoal ovens that I had previously scouted on another trip.. —- There was only 30 minutes of Milky Way or so this night before the moon began to rise so I knew I had to work fast... I lit the inside with my cellphone light, and the outside with a single LumeCube.com/160.html (Use code TRACYLEE for free shipping) I didn’t move fast enough on this particular comp (due to an unruly bush in the way) to catch the dark horse nebula before heading behind the kiln.. —- This is 20 images STACKED in SLS for NR ISO 10000 F2.8 10 seconds Processed in LR @tokinausa 24-70 @ 28mm @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6dMK1

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