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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 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 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 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 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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Boy, was this ever an…

Boy, was this ever an adventure.. A 4 hr drive from Las Vegas with my friend Shane Jensen towing his boat to Page, AZ.. I planned this as our place to camp and shoot for Friday night, and the dirt road in seemed ok to take the boat. Long story short, we crossed through a gate to keep cattle out or in, and at that point it turned into a steep sandy hill.. No, we didn't get the boat stuck, but it was quite a bit of maneuvering before we took it back down the road and parked it till the morning.. --- We then made our way to the hoodoos and scoped out MW and Star Trail comps at about 1am (we originally were trying to get there before dark). Me, Sao Ly Benson Nick Wrzesinski & Blaine Deluca were all shooting so you can imagine trying to light this place to appease everyone's camera angles and settings was a bit difficult. But, it seems like everyone successfully pulled good images from here! We used 2 lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE at this link for free US Shipping) thank you Shane for all of your help in moving lights around! ________ Settings for all images: ISO 1600 F2.8 30 seconds 6 images for foreground stacked in SLS for NR 124 images for sky Processed in PS & LR - Tokina USA 11-20 2.8 Slik USA 634-CFL Canon 70d Tether Tools Case Relay using a USB power pack to power my camera instead of a battery _________ #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 #pagearizona #arizona #lumecube #capture4cubes #litbylume

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The goal of this weekends…

The goal of this weekends adventure was to access Reflection Canyon from the water of Lake Powell in spite of the lake being too high for my ideal comp; we just wanted to go on an adventure.. the famed original photo of RC by Michael Melford was accessed by boat & not by hiking in.. --- I did my research &came across an access point to climb out of the lake.. I grabbed my friend @Shane1000rr & his boat, along w/ photogs, @saolybensonphoto & @nick_wrz, @pennidog & a crew of friends on a mission to explore some canyons of Lake Powell. The day was a bit cold on the lake but in the canyons we explored the weather was perfect. We hit an amazing slot canyon before gassing up at Dangling Rope marina &continuing on to Reflection Canyon. We wanted to check the place we were docking we b4 dark. --- We found it easily, but the level of the lake ruined our plans! We could see the beach below the water about 5-7 ft; we couldn't land now because of it being all rocks. I did a quick search on google maps to hopefully find another option. We headed into Hidden Canyon, one canyon prior to Reflection, landed on a sandy beach & hiked about 1.5 miles looking for any possible way to the top. We had a lot of fun exploring but w/ no success. --- We decided to take the boat through RC (which I learned from last summers trip is an amazingly beautiful journey to take) &found a great area to camp in. We set up & as we were doing so I kept hearing splashing noise on the water as if someone were paddling up. Turns out the carp were spawning in the shallow beach areas of the canyon &they made noise & flopped in the shallow water ALL NIGHT LONG. I hiked down the beach a ways to try & find a comp using the interesting trees I had seen coming in. --- So while this is not the expected or typical 'Reflection Canyon' image, it is a reflection image taken within Reflection Canyon. lit from the side by a single Lumecube.com/160.html (use TRACYLEE at that link at check out for FREE US Shipping!) on the 3rd power setting manually on the cube itself. ______ ISO 6400 F2.8 15 Seconds 10 images stacked in SLS for NR Processed in LR & PS @tokinausa 11-20 2.8 @slikusa 634-cfl @canonusa 60d ______

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So since i don’t own…

So since i don't own a dog myself and really don't have the time to be responsible for another life, I get to borrow my friend @_Blaino's #pitbull, @pennidog and she loves me like I'm her full time best friend!! She accompanied me to VOF in FEBRUARY when I was Desperately Seeking Milky Way!!! And as the sun was coming up, she had sat herself right in my composition so I obviously had to take a photo! ---- This was lit lightly from the right and left by lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE for free shipping) ---- This is 5 images stacked for the Noise Reduction in Starry Landscape Stacker and she was in 1 of the images. She didn't stay still for very long lol so I couldn't stack her in there.. _______ ISO 2500 F2.0 20 seconds @TokinaUSA 14-20 2.0 @SlikUSA 634-CFL @CanonUSA 70d Stacked in SLS for NR Processed in LR & PS ________ #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 #valleyoffire #elephantrock #lumecube #capture4cubes #litbylume

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Every time I have made…

Every time I have made the trek to Havasu Falls, I have discussed wanting to hike the extra 16 miles RT to the confluence of the Colorado River and Havasu Creek, smack dab in the Grand Canyon. I have also talked about wanting to shoot the MW at Upper Navajo Falls.. Well, on this past trip I finally did both (much to the dismay of my feet) and luckily convinced @mb.stark to hike with me to the falls in the middle of the night (much to the dismay of Matt lol). It was already 3:30 in the morning and we were set to do the hike out the next day. We got to the falls and set up at the farther point out that we could only to realize that the Milky Way didn't quite line up yet... --- Using photo pills, I saw that it would barely line up right around 5am so I got busy working on lighting using two lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE at the previous link for FREE US shipping!)... --- It never fully lined up before the sky started getting brighter; at the settings we were shooting at it showed blue hour pretty quick. I could have adjusted my settings but it seemed futile and we were super cold and tired by then. We only got an hr sleep before we had to be up again. Bummed I didn't get the shot I wanted but still think this turned out pretty cool.. Now I'm motivated to go back and do more hiking for the shot I want!! lol _______ ISO 6400 F2.8 20 seconds 10 images stacked in SLS for NR 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 #utahisrad #utahunique #utahrocks #supai #havasu #havasupai #havasufalls

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This photo ended up as…

This photo ended up as an afterthought... I had picked a second location to shoot after Juniper and Monolith in Joshua Tree but we had taken too long at the 1st spot (partially because of clouds), and the 2nd one no longer lined up... I wanted to get at least one more comp before not sleeping and was driving out as soon as we were done shooting.. I was also helping @dreadhead_derek shoot the MW for his 1st time and this was where we ended up... The light pollution was a little tough to deal with and I actually spent quite a bit of time editing this one... --- I got another flat tire on my SPARE tire on my way back to Vegas.. :( ________ ISO 6400 F2.8 25 Seconds 10 images stacked in SLS for NR 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 #hoyafilter #mstracylee #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #jtree #jtnp

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