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I took off on a…

I took off on a...

I took off on a 2 day adventure w/ @tommymacfoto to the eastern sierras with the hopes of catching up with @seanparkerphotography who I've been internet friends with for a while now; It was so great to finally meet him and truly see his enthusiasm for his work! We met Sean and Ryan for a quick bite before heading in search of these Tufas which we had all seen in photos by @ShainblumPhotography and more recently @cecphotos and @prevailz.. it really took a lot of searching to find the features we had seen but finally found them just after sunset... It was after 8 by this time and Sean and Ryan took off to nap.. tommy and I just napped in the truck and woke up around 10pm.. --- The moon was pretty close to full and wasn't setting until 1:30am but we just started shooting anyways.. The photos I shot at 10:30 I might deem unusable but the ones as the moon started getting lower in the sky came out quite nice.. Tommy and I didn't stay very long because we wanted to get on the road towards home and also had a second location along the way we wanted to shoot... --- ISO 2000 F2.8 13 seconds 10 images stacked in SLS for NR Processed in LR & PS @tokinausa 11-20 2.8 @slikusa 634-CFL @canonusa 70d --- #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #monolake #tufas #southtufaarea #californialiving #californialove

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Headed out over the strip…

Headed out over the strip...

Headed out over the strip on Monday afternoon with @flynyonvegas in their content helicopter.. not my 1st time, but definitely my 1st time with doors off.. it was pretty awesome to tell the pilot where I wanted to go; I asked him to turn around as we were leaving so I could get a shot of the sun over the strip.. can't wait to go again once it's after sunset and all the lights of the strip come up! Thank you @flynyon! --- ISO 100 F22 1/60 sec Processed in LR & PS @tokinausa 11-20 2.8 @canonusa 70d --- . . . . . #wonderful_places #beautifuldestinations #ig_worldclub #thegreatoutdoors #worldbestshot #worldcaptures #ic_longexposure #earthofficial #special_shots #artofvisuals #main_vision #worldspotz #worldbestshot_ig #earthdeluxe #jaw_dropping_shots #destination_wow #fantastic_earth #fantastic_shotz #earthfocus #earthpix #earthporn #flynyon #flynyonvegas #tracyleephotos #tracylee #tokinausa #canonbringit #canonusa #teamcanon #teamtokina

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Here’s another from Poor Man’s…

Here's another from Poor Man's...

Here's another from Poor Man's White Pocket with my buddy @big_kansas... I kept walking around the area with camera on my tripod and periodically set it down for a comp... this one reminds me of an octopus for some reason. I set up the lumecube.com/160.html (Use TRACYLEE at that url to get free US Shipping) to throw some shadows on the ridges from the right.. The nearby town was directly towards the Milky Way so you can see a ton of light pollution in this shot.. ________ ISO 3200 F2.8 15 seconds 10 images stacked for NR in SLS Processed in LR @TokinaUSA 11-20 2.8 @SlikUSA 634-CFL @CanonUSA 70d _______ #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #lumecube #capture4cubes #litbylume #utah #whitepocket #poormanswhitepocket

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This image was a HUGE…

This image was a HUGE...

This image was a HUGE source of frustration.. Finding the location wasn't hard. Climbing up to it was a little tricky but not hard either.. Coming back at night, not difficult. But, my friend @Tommymacfoto and I planned to be there around 1230 and the moon was to set around 130. I didn't take into consideration the tall mountains. The moon had disappeared behind them around the time we arrived. So instead of the even ambiance of the moon, I had the choice of a long exposure or low level lighting. --- I attempted the long expo but wasn't happy with the coloring or look of it. I spent the next couple hours frustrated and practically in tears; not matter what way I tried to light with a Lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE for free US Shipping) and the orange lighthouse filter, or bounce a light there was a huge dark area near the center of the Sky Rock.. I was kicking myself for not making it before the moon set. I felt really bad for Tommy who was trying to learn how to shoot the MW from me as I was super frustrated and not being a patient or nice person. Sorry Tommy; thank you for being my adventure buddy on this trip and thanks for driving! --- It was some time after 3am that I realized that the composition I had set up for wasn't going to have all the elements I wanted in it; I changed up comp and decided to do a vertical pano with horizontal frames to try and get as much of both the MW and the petroglyphs into the final image. I had finally also gotten the light the best that I could (still dark in the one area) by bouncing the light off the rock next to me and did 10 frames of each shot for the pano. By the time I was finishing the pano, the sky was starting to brighten. I was disappointed and just hoping that I had gotten something worthwhile. --- In the end, I can't believe how easily the Pano went together and that I got a shot that i really like! I really wanted the snowcapped mountains in my image along with the art & the Milky Way and I achieved it! ________ ISO 6400 F2.8 15 seconds 30 images stacked in SLS for NR Processed in LR @TokinaUSA​ 11-20 2.8 @SlikUSA​ 634-CFL @Canon​USA 70d ________

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Everyone who knows me, knows…

Everyone who knows me, knows...

Everyone who knows me, knows I'm always searching for new and interesting locations.. Both to shoot photos of, as well as just to adventure to. The more off the beaten path, the better (although I do like to get my own shot of the popular locations as well)! I put in hours of work, and research trying to find locations, as well as find multiple locations in the same area to make the trip worth our while. The thrill of the chase is a big part of it, and that's what Milky Way Chasers is really all about. --- So, when people ask me for locations that I have researched, I keep them hidden, unless I take them there myself. In turn I ask for them to only share the location by taking a person there vs handing off the coordinates. Mostly for the reason that they will eventually get ruined by all the people visiting them. I am devastated by the Racetrack Playa news Kevin Moto recently shared. So by that note, if you know this location or find this location, please keep it to yourself. It's not hard to research and find these things, think of it like a secret society and a game. I'm not trying to keep photographers away, I'm trying to keep vandals away who have no respect for the locations that they visit. --- This past week I headed out with my friend @TommyMacFoto (THANK YOU TOMMY FOR DRIVING YOUR 4x4!) for a couple days of adventuring.. During the day, we scoped out a number of locations and then at night we journeyed back to said locations to shoot the night sky. This one required 4x4 and some hiking but it was well worth our efforts.. I am absolutely thrilled that there was so much snow still on the surrounding mountains in the background of so many of my images!! I lit this with a single lumecube.com/160.html (use TRACYLEE for free US Shipping!) and a new orange lighthouse filter I just got for it. ________ ISO 6400 F2.8 15 seconds 10 images stacked in SLS for NR @TokinaUSA 11-20 2.8 @SlikUSA 634-CFL @CanonUSA 70d ________ #longexposure_shots #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #lumecube #capture4cubes #litbylume

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I was in Joshua Tree…

I was in Joshua Tree...

I was in Joshua Tree a few weeks ago with my friend @dreadhead_derek... though I had a calamity of errors, I finally made it (thank you Derek) and we reserved a campsite in Jumbo Rocks Campground with the intention of shooting sunset and Milky Way there... I shot over the shoulder of someone who was shooting. I learned I should have asked him to share; instead of hoping he would have moved to let me in.. He shot through the entire sunset although it's neither here nor there at this point; this is the shot I took of the EPIC sunset that happened that evening... --- I can't recall my settings right now but I'm sure it was ISO 100... I'll edit this once I get back to my computer.. --- @tokinausa 11-20 2.8 @canonusa 70d Processed in LR --- #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #jtree #jtnp #nationalparkgeek #goparks #jumborocks #jumborockscampground #californiaadventure #californiadreaming #californiasunsets #californialove

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Here’s another from last Monday…

Here's another from last Monday...

Here's another from last Monday night at Poor Man's White Pocket with my buddy @big_kansas... I only had one working body that night so after i was done shooting star trails, I moved around to find a number of other compositions for the Milky Way... I loved the lines here so set up the lumecube.com/160.html (Use TRACYLEE at that url to get free US Shipping) to throw some serious shadows on them.. There was a ton of light pollution directly where I was shooting but I don't think it affected the photo! ________ ISO 3200 F2.8 15 seconds 10 images stacked for NR in SLS Processed in LR @TokinaUSA 11-20 2.8 @SlikUSA 634-CFL @CanonUSA 70d _______ #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #lumecube #capture4cubes #litbylume #utah #whitepocket #poormanswhitepocket

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My Milky Way chasing this…

My Milky Way chasing this...

My Milky Way chasing this week hasn't gone quite the way I've wanted.. last night involved driving up to Sand Hollow State park to arrive at 11pm and find they locked the gates at 10pm.. after a bit of driving around with friends looking for anew comp, I got back to my car and started driving back to vegas all the while looking for SOMETHING To shoot.. this was the best I could come up with at 3am... this was right off the freeway at Littlefield just out of the Virgin River Gorge. I missed shooting the Aurora last night because of the goose chase.. --- 10 images of the stars ISO 6400 F2.8 15 seconds 20mm 10 images foreground ISO ??? F2.8 2 minutes 20mm @tokinausa 11-20mm @slikusa 634-CFL @canonusa 70d ---- #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #littlefield

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I like to call this…

I like to call this...

I like to call this place "Poor Man's White Pocket" because it's much easier to drive to, although it's quite a bit more difficult to hike to.. I took off here on Monday Night with my friend @big_kansas.. We had every intention of being there before sunset but we got delayed for various reasons and got there at dusk... --- I had to move around quickly to try and choose a star trail comp and with Dan's assistance, came up with this one. I lit the rock formation from below and to the left so it would bounce on to the rocks in the back. I lit the foreground by putting a LumeCube.com/160.html (TRACYLEE for FREE US Shipping at that URL) off to the left behind my camera and bounced it off rocks there to throw a shadow on the ones in front of me. I shot 10 images to stack in Starry Landscape Stacker for the foreground and then turned off my lights to conserve them. I ran the camera using the @TetherTools Case relay off of my USB battery pack. Caught a couple shooting stars or satellites in the process. --- I was getting ready to set up my 2nd camera for Milky Way when I realized that I had no memory card in it. I tore apart my camera bag to find another one with no success.. So this star trail is 220 images because I wanted to shoot some MW too... --- As we were hiking out that night, Dan spotted 3 sets of eyes off in the dark peering at us. I was only able to spot 2 of them but it was eerie that they were so close and not scared away by us. We carefully hiked through the brush on the way out, watching our backs the entire time... _____ Foreground ISO 1600 F2.8 30 seconds Sky ISO 1000 F2.8 30 seconds 10 images stacked in SLS for NR Processed in LR & PS @TokinaUSA 11-20 2.8 @SlikUSA 634-CFL @CanonUSA 70d @TetherTools Case Relay _____ #longexposure_shots #nightshooterz #nightshooters #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #nightphotography #desertstarscapes #tracylee #tracyleephotos #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #lumecube #capture4cubes #litbylume #utah #whitepocket #poormanswhitepocket

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