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The ever elusive. I feel…

The ever elusive. I feel like I can gauge the improvement in my photography skills based on the photos that I have taken here. This is my third time making the trek out to Joshua tree to shoot here at night and I feel it’s by far my best set of photos from this location.. My original plans got a little messed up so to save the evening, I happened to be talking to my buddy @cecphotos and on a whim we decided to meet here... I spent the afternoon in the area killing time, took a sunset hike out to the arch to confirm alignment and explore the area, and then slept in the car until midnight when Chris arrived... we set up some timelapses which we let run a couple hours before we took our other shots like this one.. I used a lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE for free US shipping) at 1% to light the inside of the arch. The foreground I took 3 min long exposures for.. we shot until the sun came up; I love this photo! —- Sky- 20 images stacked in SLS ISO 10000 F2.8 10 seconds Foreground- 10 images stacked ISO 1600 F2.8 3 minutes — Processed in LR & PS @tokinausa 16-28 @ 28mm @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6DMK1 —- #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #longexposure_shots #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #litbylume #capture4cubes #lumecube #darkskyweek #internationaldarkskyweek

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Right before I left for…

Right before I left for Peru, I was determined to fill my days and nights with as much stuff, work, and fun as I could. I had to work in Arizona one particular week so while I was out there I made my way to Lost Dutchman State Park to shoot the stars. I’ve always love the photos I’ve seen come out of here and was happy to be able to shoot my own. The light pollution surrounding the area including the lights from the bathrooms was enough to light up this entire mountain. This is a blend of 15 images stacked in starry landscape stacker for noise reduction. —— ISO 6400 F2.8 10 seconds Processed in LR @tokinausa 16-28 @ 24mm @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6DMK1 —— —— #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #arizona #arizona_landscapes #longexposure_shots #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #arizona_hiking #arizonaphotographer #arizonahighways #arizonahiking #superstitionmountains #chollacactus

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I really fought through a…

I really fought through a lot to get this photo. From my group being delayed to the point that only three of us made it to these ruins that day, to the clouds in the sky, the light pollution from Aguas Calientes nearby, and the moon rising on the coat tails of the Milky Way that night. - This was exactly one week ago when I was down in Peru hiking the Inca Trail. I knew I wouldn’t be able to shoot the Milky Way at the famous Machu Picchu, but I was determined to shoot it over some ruins while on trail.. - I only had one night when I was there, (Friday night) when the Milky Way would rise 45 minutes before the nearly full moon. Friday night I researched we were camping RIGHT next to the ruins, Winay Wayna which means Forever Young.. Just as everything I read mentioned, these ruins were empty due to everyone being exhausted by the time they hit the last campground before Machu Picchu.. I ran to our campsite to drop off my bag and gear and grabbed two friends and a porter and made it right before 6pm which is when they close for the evening.. - It wouldn’t be till midnight when the galactic core would rise above the mountains behind the ruins.. Since we had to wake up at 3am to break camp, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get to these ruins that night.. I slept for 2 hours, then Rene and I walked 10 minutes to the ruins and quietly snuck in as the gate was still open. - I didn’t have a ton of time because clouds were rolling in so I got this one comp w/ 10 images for the sky and 5 images for the foreground... I never saw the core on the entire trip which is a bummer but to shoot the stars in such a beautiful &historic place was an absolute honor.... you can see the southern cross in the top right again; just wish the sky had come out better! thank you to the staff of @valenciatravelcusco for making this a reality! - Sky 10 Stacked in SLS for NR ISO 6400 F2.8 13 seconds - Foreground 5 stacked in SLS for NR ISO 6400 F2.8 45 seconds —— @tokinausa 16-28 @ 16 @slikusa CF522-lite @canonusa 6dmk1 —— #tracylee #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #epicjourneycontest #sliktripods #machupicchu #incatrail #cuscoperu

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Shooting the stars on the…

Shooting the stars on the Inca Trail was of high priority to me, but unfortunately the almost full moon was in the rising Milky Way galactic center every night on trail except my last night; even then it was chasing her by 30 minutes.. in spite of that, I dragged friends and staff out every single night to shoot and PRAYED that the clouds would stay back.. As far as I’d seen and been told, the clouds are a prominent feature of the Andes Mountains, especially in areas dubbed “The Cloud Forest”... —- This shot was taken directly on the Inca Trail outside of our camp after the hardest day of hiking up to 14k ft; I can’t believe that 8 of us were up for this side adventure after the difficulty of the day.. —— The Inca Trail lined up with where the Milky Way would be rising as well as the waterfall, so I set up here and started focusing while everyone else laid on their backs on the stones of the world famous pathway.. We stared at the most stars I had ever seen; The lack of light pollution made it possible to see an INSANE amount of stars! Periodically we saw flashes of light from 2 different directions from two different storms; it stayed cloudless for over an hour where we were!! —- I was really excited to see a different night sky than I am used to as well... while this shot doesn’t have the Galactic Center in it, the appearance of the southern cross above the horizon and this end of the MW was an absolute treat! What an epic adventure!!! —— This is 10 images stacked for the sky, and 5 long exposure images for the foreground.. we used a Lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE for free US shipping) to light up the tree and people for the portraits I also shot of my friends... ——- Foreground 5 images stacked in PS for NR ISO 6400 F2.8 4 minutes - Sky and trees 10 images stacked in SLS for NR ISO 6400 F2.8 15 seconds —— Processed in LR & PS @tokinausa 16-28 at 16mm @slikusa CF-522 lite @canonusa 6DMK1 —— #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #amazingearth #natgeo #litbylume #lumecube #capture4cubes #machupicchu #incatrail #cuscoperu #epicjourneycontest

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I made it!!!! 26 miles…

I made it!!!! 26 miles of Inca trail in some extremely rough terrain in all different climates and elevations between 7k ft and 14k ft... I felt like I wanted to die in some places along it but my mind kept me going when my body wasn’t keeping up... there’s NO way I could have done this trek without the staff and help of @ValenciaTravelCusco... from the porters who carried our gear, the cooks that prepared incredible meals, and the guides that catered to our every need.. it was way over the top to what I’m used to when it comes to backpacking, but it was truly a VIP experience... —— 12 of us in our group, plus 4 more we didn’t know made the trekkers a FUN group of 16... I got to do my favorite EVERY night, shoot the stars thanks to our guide, Alex making sure that it happened, including 2 nights shooting in Inca ruins and 1 night on the actual Inca Trail along the way... —— Sorry guys; you’re gonna see a lot of Peru photos in the next couple week... —— Thank you @alecarreras for the photo! —— #tracylee #tracyguns #tracyleephoto #tracyleephotos #mstracylee #tracyleephotography #limaperu #livealifeworthliving #livelifelove #livelifetothefullest #livelife #adventureismydrug #adventureislife #adventuretime #adventurelife #adventureofalifetime #cuscoperu #machupicchu #girlstrip #valenciatravel #valenciatravelcusco #incanruins #incatrail #incas #epicjourneycontest

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Today is day 3 on…

Today is day 3 on the Inca trail and I have a little phone service at the top of a mountain overlooking Machu Picchu Mountain, and Aguas calientes so I thought I would post this picture from Sayamarca this morning... the weather has been absolutely amazing; we had a tiny bit of rain this afternoon but it stopped pretty quickly... the trail is rough but breathtakingly beautiful and I can’t wait to see the last ruins today, Winay Wayna... to me they might be the highlight of my trip next to Machu Picchu itself...I have so many photos and videos that don’t even do this place justice... @valenciatravelcusco has been a ridiculously fantastic tour company and I don’t think I would have made this journey successfully if it weren’t for their staff!! stay tuned... thank you @ac8c for the photo! Thank you @knoxxgear & @virusintl for my gear! —— #tracylee #tracyguns #tracyleephoto #tracyleephotos #mstracylee #tracyleephotography #limaperu #livealifeworthliving #livelifelove #livelifetothefullest #livelife #adventureismydrug #adventureislife #adventuretime #adventurelife #adventureofalifetime #roxannelavin #letarose #cuscoperu #machupicchu #girlstrip #valenciatravel #valenciatravelcusco #epicjourneycontest

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Another photo from my Arizona…

Another photo from my Arizona trip 2 week’s ago now.. I didn’t get the comp I wanted and we stayed out there after till 5am to get this composition... I lit the cave with a single lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE for free US Shipping) bounced at the wall, climbed across a very sketchy area with my gear and set up outside of it... this is 20 images stacked for Noise Reduction in Starry Landscape Stacker.. —— ISO 6400 F2.8 13 seconds @tokinausa 16-28 @ 28mm @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6dmk1 —— #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #arizona #arizona_landscapes #longexposure_shots #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #litbylume #lumecube #capture4cubes #arizona_hiking #arizonaphotographer #arizonahighways #arizonahiking

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After I hit up sedona…

After I hit up sedona last week, I had to work in PHX for a client so of course I called up my AZ peeps to see who could shoot.. @blazing_heavens and I took off to Superstition Mountains to get in some MW time in spite of the weather reports touting “mostly cloudy”... we ended up napping in the car because there were a number of clouds but they eventually cleared up and we explored in the dark.. I actually hate doing that (prefer scouting during the day and coming back) but I was able to find this composition and a couple others I liked... I shot a focus stack of 20 images in the foreground and 20 for the mountains and sky.. there’s plenty of light pollution from the bathrooms and surrounding areas that I didn’t need to light any of this scene.. after shooting till almost 5, I went in search of Derek who I found back in the car asleep.. —— ISO 6400 F 2.8 10 seconds 20 stacked for foreground & focus 20 stacked for sky & mountains —— #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #arizona #arizona_landscapes #longexposure_shots #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #arizona_hiking #arizonaphotographer #arizonahighways #arizonahiking #superstitionmountains #chollacactus

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So I’ve been burning the…

So I’ve been burning the candle at both ends and this particular night I almost missed the Milky Way... I had come to this popular location just after sunset to scope it out for the evening and had run into @arwindernagi next to one of the reflection pools on the slick rock... after a conversation with him, I grabbed dinner with @typicalvegeasgirl and then we crashed out intending to get up by 2 am to try and hit the cave again and then hopefully head here... somehow I overslept (sheer exhaustion) and Jess woke us up at 4am... in a daze I dragged her out to try and catch the tail end of the MW that evening... we showed up and Arwinder was there shooting panos.. we set up next to him and started shooting in this pool through blue hour.. I missed the comp I wanted but I still was able to get MW reflections in the pool! This is a 20 Image stack; I used starry landscape Stacker for the sky, then I stacked the same images separately for the reflection and then masked in photoshop... thank you @blazing_heavens for sending me this location as I was just about to try to find it! —— ISO 6400 F2.8 15 seconds @tokinausa 16-28 @ 24mm @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6dMK1 Processed in LR & PS —- #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #arizona #arizona_landscapes #longexposure_shots #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #litbylume #lumecube #capture4cubes #arizona_hiking #arizonaphotographer #arizonahighways #arizonahiking

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So last week me and…

So last week me and @typicalvegasgirl took off to AZ to adventure and take photos.. I had been wanting to come here after seeing @the_gingers_adventures photos from this location... We had borrowed a Porsche AWD from @speedycarloans (thank you Rob!) so we could make it all the places we wanted to... Hope that bad boy has an extended warranty after our trip! —- We took the trip to this location at sunset to make sure we knew the drive, as well as the hike; to some people, the trek to this cave is short, but pretty sketchy (a couple big drop offs) —— We went back to the hotel and napped and then woke up at midnight to start the journey back to the cave... we were there and set up to shoot before 2am when the MW would Line up perfect, but the clouds had other thoughts and we weren’t able to shoot till almost 4am and had to even change our compositions; as far back and to the left in the cave as we could... I wanted to go back the next night but we were then dealing with a leaking tire at that point, so didn’t want to risk it.. I’m sad because I don’t have a chance to make it back this year.. —- I lit this using a single lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE for free US Shipping) bounced off the back of the cave. —— 20 images stacked in SLS for NR ISO 6400 F2.8 13 seconds @tokinausa 16-28mm @ 16 @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6DMK1 —— #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #arizona #arizona_landscapes #longexposure_shots #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #litbylume #lumecube #capture4cubes #arizona_hiking #arizonaphotographer #arizonahighways #arizonahiking

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