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I’ve been wanting to shoot…

I’ve been wanting to shoot here for quite some time now; even went as far as hiking here in April of last year to scope it out for Milky Way... well, a couple things... number 1, it’s not easy to find and number 2, once inside even GPS signal seems to not work well.. so this time around I was assuming it would like up like I wanted; thankfully I was right.. —— I had met up with @Ryantoswald on the morning of the 11th day of #TheGreatMilkyWayChase.. he originally was going to head to monument valley but I convinced him otherwise and he joined us on our trek into Canyonlands... We got there around 6 in the evening when it was SLIGHTLY starting to cool off... Even though I knew where to get on trail, I took a short cut following well worn paths, well marked with cairns throughout.. I couldn’t believe how many there were when we cliffed out way too high above the Kiva... when I realized what a disaster the trails were, I made my way towards where I knew the drop in point was, having to back track a ton because of the cliff that we were stuff on top of. —— I have to make a side note; I have no idea where all those cairns came from and am mad at how dangerous it is for people wandering around lost in the hot desert.. can’t believe people put those up as if that’s a real trail... so warning to those who go to visit; make sure to do your research because there is ONE true trail to this sacred place.. on the flip side, I do like that it’s super confusing and not everyone is going to arrive successfully to this location... —- We shot a beautiful sunset here and then shot some blue hour images before hanging around almost 4 more hours for the MW to line up; this was somewhere around 230am.. we hiked out as blue hour was just starting to lighten up the sky. We walked out NO PROBLEM on the correct trail back. —— I used 3 lumecube.com/160.html (use TRACYLEE for free US Shipping) to light this stacked image and blended in a blue hour image for the background mountains. —— Sky & foreground: 20 images stacked in SLS for NR ISO 6400 F2.8 20 seconds - Background mountains: 5 images stacked in PS ISO 100 F2.8 60 seconds —— @tokinausa 11-20 @ 16 @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6DMK1 ——

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Still on #thegreatmilkywaychase with very…

Still on #thegreatmilkywaychase with very little time to edit so here’s a #TBT! —- Repost @tracyleephotos ・・・ I can easily be convinced of spontaneous detours and side trips and this was one of them on my way back to Vegas from San Diego a few weeks ago.. I had hosted the Milky Way Chasers Meet Up in Malibu, headed to San Diego for a night to shoot, then towards the Eastern Sierras.. I was in contact with @StevenJMagner & @inspired_shot throughout the drive and as I got closer to Bishop, it became apparent that the Napa Wildfires were smoking out the entire area.. I didn't want the trip to go to waste so I quickly suggested the Ancient Bristlecone Forest as an alternative plan.. --- While I wanted for Steven and Tony to catch up to me on the road, I decided to take a dip in the Keough Hot Springs (the free ones) for a few minutes and then met the guys at Copper Top BBQ in Big Pine.. --- I didn't think i was going to have warm enough clothes for up at 11k ft elevation, but I had brought tons of layers so I layered up. We explored the area until dark, and I napped in the car as they shot sunset (there were no clouds in the sky so I couldn't be bothered lol). We stayed warm in the car until middle of Blue hour and then hiked up the hill to the most famous of the Bristlecone trees in the area. --- We set up our comps and then took turns lighting the tree how we wanted to using different lighting. I used a single lumecube.com/160.html (Use code TRACYLEE for free US Shipping) from the left side bounced off another tree next to us. --- 13 images stacked in SLS for NR ISO 6400 F2.8 15 seconds Processed in LR & PS @TokinaUSA 11-20mm @ 16mm @SlikUSA 634-CF @Canon 6dmk1 --- . . . . . #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #litbylume #lumecube #capture4cubes #arches #arch #archesnationalpark #longexposure_shots #nightimages #nightshooterz #nightpics #milkywaygalaxy #astrophotography #astrophoto #astro_photography_ #astro_photography #longexposure

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#TheGreatMilkyWayChase Day 8 continued… @krl_photo…

#TheGreatMilkyWayChase Day 8 continued... @krl_photo and I left Marble CO with a 5 hr drive towards Green River UT... We planned on setting up there for a few days at an RV Park (We ended up @ICampgreenriver where the staff has been absolutely amazing!!) and taking day trips out from there.. We got in later than planned and decided to rest and edit images before heading out at 1am to catch a better alignment over Dead Horse Point's river bend. We got there around 2 am and had plenty of time to set up so I ran my tracker for a while and then did this stacked pano. I stacked 20 images for two part of sky, and then 4 longer exposed images for the foreground after the moon rose. I really wasn't sure how well this pano was going to merge, but with a little help, it went together awesome... The smoke on the horizon made for a yellow haze on an otherwise super dark sky.. ---- 40 horizontal sky images (20 &20) stacked in SLS for NR 4 foreground stacked ISO 10000 F2.8 180 seconds foreground 10 seconds sky ---- @CanonUSA 24-70 2.8 @ 24 @SlikUSA 634-CF @CanonUSA 6DMK1 Processed in LR ---- #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #slikusa #longexposure_shots #nightimages #nightshooterz #nightpics #milkywaygalaxy #astrophotography #astrophoto #astro_photography_ #astro_photography #longexposure #deadhorsepoint

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#TheGreatMilkyWayChase Tuesday night we headed…

#TheGreatMilkyWayChase Tuesday night we headed into Colorado to try and find a place to park the Airstream and then look for a comp for the night... poring over google maps is a favorite pastime of mine so before long I found an arch that I thought would line up both with Sunset and Milky Way... So we made our way over, cutting it close and got lost trying to find out way up onto the plateau where it was at... but!! We made it in time to catch the most amazing sunset of the entire trip followed by an incredible framing of the Milky Way on the opposite side of the arch... such a spontaneous comp that was a huge effort to get to, but totally worth it! This is 20 images stacked in SLS for noise reduction. I lit the arch with 3 lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE for free US shipping) —- ISO 6400 F2.8 15 seconds Processed in LR —- @tokinausa 11-20 @ 16mm @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6DMK1 —- Tuesday night we headed into Colorado to try and find a place to park the Airstream and then look for a comp for the night... poring over google maps is a favorite pastime of mine so before long I found an arch that I thought would line up both with Sunset and Milky Way... So we made our way over, cutting it close and got lost trying to find out way up onto the plateau where it was at... but!! We made it in time to catch the most amazing sunset of the entire trip followed by an incredible framing of the Milky Way on the opposite side of the arch... such a spontaneous comp that was a huge effort to get to, but totally worth it! This is 20 images stacked in SLS for noise reduction. I lit the arch with 3 lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE for free US shipping) —- ISO 6400 F2.8 15 seconds Processed in LR —- @tokinausa 11-20 @ 16mm @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6DMK1 —- . . . . . #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #litbylume #lumecube #capture4cubes #arches #arch #archesnationalpark #longexposure_shots #nightimages #nightshooterz #nightpics #milkywaygalaxy #astrophotography #astrophoto #astro_photography_ #astro_photography #longexposure #colorado #newmexico

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#TheGreatMilkyWayChase – This trip is…

#TheGreatMilkyWayChase - This trip is really starting to take a toll with us moving locations to a new city every night. We made it to the Moab area later than planned so we missed shooting sunset and blue hour for our foregrounds. We opted to take a nap, and then head over to Dead Horse Point as it is an easy to access location and could shoot moonrise or blue hour over the canyon in the morning.. We arrived there around 2am where Mike from NJ was already shooting. We set up with plenty of time before Moon and Blue hour and I polar aligned my @SlikUSA​ tracker (the same one we're giving away in the contest). I shockingly had pointed it directly at the north star perfectly so all I had to do was fine tune the tracker and I was set up. I wanted to shoot a longer focal length and longer time than last time; so impressed with how well it turned out!! ---- We noticed a lot of haze in the sky which has translated at the bottom of this image from all the fires in the area we believe! —- ISO 400 F2.8 360 seconds (6 min) @CanonUSA 24-70 2.8 @ 35mm @SlikUSA ECH-630 @SlikUSA 634-CF processed in LR --- #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #slikusa #longexposure_shots #nightimages #nightshooterz #nightpics #milkywaygalaxy #astrophotography #astrophoto #astro_photography_ #astro_photography #longexposure #deadhorsepoint #sliktracker #startracker #equatorialmount #tracking #startracking

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Night 4 of #TheGreatMilkyWayChase… I’m…

Night 4 of #TheGreatMilkyWayChase... I’m losing track of days; I just know that we’re on day 7 of this trip... I think we left New Mexico on Monday and as we were driving through we saw this amazing butte so decided that this was our comp for the night.. we pulled off and shot before the moon rose but we wanted to get the moonlight on the butte so we waited.. This was taken after the half moon had risen above the surrounding mountains... can’t believe I got so much detail with the moon so high in the sky.. this is 20 images stacked in Starry Landscape Stacker for NR.. make sure you check the settings below! —— ISO 1600 F1.4 35mm 10 seconds Processed in LR & PS —— @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6DMK1 —- . . . . . #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #longexposure_shots #nightimages #nightshooterz #nightpics #milkywaygalaxy #astrophotography #astrophoto #astro_photography_ #astro_photography #longexposure

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Although we’re on night 4…

Although we're on night 4 of #TheGreatMilkyWayChase, this image is from Night 2... @KRL_Photo and I had the most amazing sky full of clouds for this mind blowing sunset, and then we sat and prayed and waited... Well, the skies never really cleared up and it was super cold out there, and soon after the milky way, the moon rose... On top of all of that, my camera fell about 35 to the ground below because I was careless but luckily the camera survived with very little damage. (You may have seen something in stories about it lol) --- In spite of all the trials that we went through, we still came out of the night with some incredible shots!! I can't explain how many times I have turned back from possible shots because of weather reports but this contest, this challenge and my team mate on the adventure has me motivated to get our there and shoot, no matter the situation. I hope this is also motivating you too!!! --- ISO 10000 F 2.8 20 Seconds @TokinaUSA 11-20 2.8 @ 16mm @SlikUSA 634-CF @CanonUSA 6DMK1 ----- . . . . . #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #longexposure_shots #nightimages #nightshooterz #nightpics #milkywaygalaxy #astrophotography #astrophoto #astro_photography_ #astro_photography #longexposure

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Night 1 of #TheGreatMilkyWayChase… There’s…

Night 1 of #TheGreatMilkyWayChase... There’s a lot I didn’t take into consideration when starting this endeavor. But one thing I did take into consideration was the fact that the moon was chasing right after the Milky Way on this 1st night and where we were, we had only an hr to shoot... my comp at this location wasn’t high enough to grab the full Milky Way before the moon started lighting up the sky.. This isn’t the comp I pictured here, but it is the comp I got; and besides that, I had such a blast exploring the area with @krl_photo & @sabustories and some fantastic photos from earlier in the evening... we’re now waiting out the heat until we head out to scope our next comp for night 2!! Who else is competing??? We’ve got 3 more weeks to go and anyone is welcome join at any point. Each night is going to get easier as we go along in regards to light; harder in regards to weariness and burning out.. —— 20 images stacked in SLS For NR ISO 6400 F2.8 20 seconds Processed in LR —— @tokinausa 16-28 @ 16 @slikusa 634-CF @canonusa 6DMK1 —— #milkywaychasers #nights_dreamworld #slikusa #nightphotography_exclusive —- #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #longexposure_shots #nightimages #nightshooterz #nightpics #milkywaygalaxy #astrophotography #astrophoto #astro_photography_ #astro_photography #longexposure

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#TheGreatMilkyWayChase – We’re addicted, admittedly…

#TheGreatMilkyWayChase - We’re addicted, admittedly so & we wanna know who else is as addicted as us! Me and @krl_photo are taking off on a journey of epic proportions (follow on stories!) in an effort to see who can shoot the most nights of Milky Way in one month. We have 23 nights we can shoot in June (1st-23rd, crazy right??) & they will attempt to shoot 14 of them consecutively on our road trip. - So the challenge is this, shoot as many nights as you can in June (1 comp min per night), & the one w/ the most nights wins a new Star tracker & tripod from @SlikUSA & your images featured on @MilkyWayChasers @Nights_Dreamworld & @NightPhotography_Exclusive! The people who do 14 days in a row with us? “Fuck Yeah!” bragging rights, & a feature as well. Random drawing in event of a tie! - The How To… - #1-Every night you head out, before you start shooting do an Instagram story of you, your set up, your general location, & today’s date (the date it was when you woke up, not the day it became after midnight). After you’re done shooting, take a pic of your comp on the back of your camera. - #2- Create a Highlight on your IG and call it MWCHASE. Each night, post your video story & the photo of the back of your camera; on each of them tag: @milkywaychasers @nights_dreamworld @slikusa @nightphotography_exclusive & #TheGreatMilkyWayChase - #3-You must be following all accounts to win; the Story Highlight is how we keep track of how addicted you really are & will prove your sense of nocturnal adventure (insanity)! We know you can’t control the weather (& if you can, please be my best friend!) So at the very least shoot a photo of your comp clouded out; the point of this contest is to inspire you to get out & shoot! - #4- June 1st- July 1st, please post as many of your edited photos to your feed & make sure to use the tags: @milkywaychasers @nights_dreamworld @slikusa @nightphotography_exclusive & #TheGreatMilkyWayChase to submit yourself into our contest; otherwise, how are we gonna find you? On July 1, we will go through & check your Story Highlights to see how many crazy nights you did! - Good luck, & may the skies be ever in your favor!

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I took off to Utah…

I took off to Utah for the Cinco De Mayo weekend; not to party but to hang with my girl @the.curly.nomad who is living the RV life.. We had oh-so-many adventures over a short few days, but the last one we had was out to Bonneville Salt Flats to shoot the Milky Way.. We went out early because I had never been and I wanted to see it before sunset. Of course I ended up shooting sunset before we took off to grab dinner in nearby Wendover; We had a cloudy sunset and crossed our fingers for a clear night... I went high aperture because i'm a huge fan of sun stars and I get great ones on my @TokinaUSA lenses! This was before they had sent me a new 16-28 so I was using my 11-20. ---- ISO 100 F22 1/10 second @TokinaUSA 11-20 @ 16mm @SlikUSA 634-CF @CanonUSA 6DMK1 Processed in LR —- #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #mycanonstory #sunset #sunset_pics #sunsets #bonnevillesaltflats #sunset_stream #sunset_ig #sunset_vision #sunset_hunter #sunsetlover #sunsetlovers #sunsetlove #sunset_lovers #sunset_lovee

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