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#TBT #ThrowbackThursday to a beautiful…

#TBT #ThrowbackThursday to a beautiful day in Yellowstone National Park shooting with good friends. I was super excited to come here and although I’ve edited very few images from this trip, I have some excellent memories from it! This is a behind the scenes shot of my set up from one of the gorgeous thermal pools in the park. Let’s see if I can motivate to produce this one today! Who else takes shots of their set up like this? I’m kind of obsessed with doing it, lol...

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Well, some of you may…

Well, some of you may know that my gear went swimming in the Eastern Sierras a few months back and my dumb ass didn’t put the waterproof caps on my Lume Cubes; you can assume they’re paper weights on my desk now. Christmas came early this year and Lume Cube sent a super awesome care package to me (sorry, been trying to get this video up for a while) and now I’m completely set for on the go portable lighting; To any who I go shoot with in the near future, lucky you!! 😜😜 —- I can’t WAIT to test out the #LumeCubeAir which is their newest set of lights. Stay tuned for my thoughts on them! —- Pick up your own Set of cubes for the holidays and be set for next MW Season at Lume cube.com/160.html and use code TRACYLEE for free US shipping! — Thank you @lumecube SOOOOOO MUCH for the new gear, and thank you everyone else for the support and for watching!! Oh yeah and go give them a follow because they throw contests ALL THE TIME to give these babys out!!

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Another one of these photos…

Another one of these photos I’ve been sitting on all summer to edit.. This was from a trip I had headed up to the area near Zion and Bryce with some non-photographer friends.. Lucky for me one of them was interested enough to tag along with so I didn’t have to shoot alone; we took naps each evening and then rolled out of bed at 1am. We had been hiking and exploring earlier in the day and I spotted this composition and knew I wanted to shoot it so we hiked a little ways in to get there by 2:30 am when the moon was just setting. I was new to shooting at much longer focal lengths and 20 seconds for the sky At 28mm didn’t seem bad (I love shooting at 28 now). It still doesn’t as I don’t see any trailing of the stars but I don’t understand why I don’t! The foreground was 2.5 minutes each image but stacking helped clean it up pretty nicely! - Even in April I was chilly and wearing my snowboard jacket to keep warm and gloves on my hands.. thankful that my friend joined me because doing this shot wouldn’t have been nearly as fun. Do you prefer to shoot with friends or alone? —- 10 stacked image - foreground ISO 6400 F2.8 2.5 minutes - 20 stacked image - sky ISO 10000 F2.8 20 seconds —- @tokinausa 16-28 @28mm @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6DMK1 Processed in LR & PS Stacked in Starry Landscape Stacker

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#FBF #FlashbackFriday to a dramatic…

#FBF #FlashbackFriday to a dramatic night in Northern AZ with good peoples and fun memories! —- Repost @tracyleephotos ・・・ Our trip was supposed to be about Milky Way last week and it ended up being inadvertently about storm chasing. @missjessbess and I met up with @milkywaymodel and @_ChristianLoya and took the very sandy journey out to White Pocket for the night. We were hoping that it had rained enough for their to be pools of water for reflections but we weren't so lucky.. --- I had spotted this comp on my last trip here in November and we got equally as skunked last week as we did back then. We had 50mph gusts rocking us and our tripods as we tried to shoot our Blue Hour foregrounds.. The skies were clear but it was a race between the clouds and the Milky Way and the clouds took the checkered flag as the light was dimming out of the sky.. --- I can't believe that this image still came out as good as it did considering how bad the wind was and how hard I was holding my tripod down and squeezing my eyes shut! The lightning wasn't striking out of the clouds so best I got was them glowing brightly... I used @photopills before it was dark to verify what time we would need to shoot this for MW... This is a blend of multiple exposures, stacked in Starry Landscape Stacker ---- Sky 20 images ISO 6400 F3.2 10 seconds - Lightning 1 image Sky 20 images ISO 6400 F3.2 10 seconds - Foreground 10 images ISO 400 F2.8 30 seconds ---- @SlikUSA 634-CF @CanonUSA 6DMK1 @CanonUSA 24-70 2.8 Processed in LR & PS

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So way back in June…

So way back in June I did #TheGreatMilkyWayChase... I went a great many places, I made a bunch of new friends, and I shot more photos than I have even been able to edit.. - This photo was taken near the end of the GMC when I was with @ryantoswald @smpetersonphotography @debheyerphoto & more! We went up to shoot the Ancient Bristlecone Forest and I have to admit I was SOOOOOO exhausted. Although Ryan and I made a pretty full exploration of the grove, when it came down to it, I picked this tree that I had seen the previous time I had been there... I made very little effort and only shot from Milky Way rise to just after the moon set... Then I put my camera on time lapse and went to take a nap. —- Going through the photos later, I could see my lack of effort in my photos and no matter how many times I tried to edit, I just wasn’t liking what I was coming up with.. I realize now that it was my laziness from that night reflecting in my edits and after I gave it some time and tried again, I indeed like some of the photos from that night.. I have found that I often need to walk away from an image and come back to get inspired; shooting the image is only half of the battle. The lighting in the background of this image is from the moon as it was setting; there was no longer any moon only ambient light on the tree.. —- 20 images stacked in SLS ISO 8000 F2.8 15 seconds @canonusa 24-70 @ 24mm @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6DMK1 Processed in LR & PS

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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 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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#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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#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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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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