Here’s something different. I was recently given the opportunity to photograph the first day of @vanswarpedtour. I’ve never photographed anything like this before so it was definitely a learning experience for me. Running from stage to stage in the heat, dodging crowd surfers, making new friends. It was a really radical day. Here are some of my favorites. Have an awesome weekend everyone.
What you don’t see in this photo are the 7 other photographers all standing next to each other on a narrow pathway in the cold for hours. It’s nice meeting other people who share the same interests as you in the middle of nowhere. If you look to the right of this shot, you’ll see a shooting star. This is a single exposure with the following settings. Post in LR.
It took me a while to get the lighting dialed in for this shot. This place has gotten so busy lately and I spent most of my afternoon picking up trash/beer cans. Us humans are really great at ruining amazing things.
Pack it in, pack it out.
Leave no trace.
I’m back from my new moon road trip. I picked up a SkyWatcher Star Adventurer before leaving and kept my fingers crossed that I would be able to polar align it without any problems. It took me a few tries but I finally figured it out. This device allows you to take longer exposures of night sky without star trails. This is a 300 second exposure with my 24-70 lens at 70mm. You’re able to set your camera at a lower ISO and capture so much detail. I’m not mad at my first results with this thing at all.
I’ve been mapping out my road trip for next week and am excited to check out some new spots. The new moon is next Wednesday so my focus for this trip will be astrophotography. I’ll be headed up to Mono Lake and then making my way back down the 395 with plenty of stops along the way. If anyone will be in that area early next week, hit me up and lets shoot.
This Must Be The Place
I’m eager for the next new moon to get here. I have my trip routed and am counting down the days until I hit the road. This is a shot of first light at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park.
I highly recommend getting up for sunrise the next time you travel anywhere. My alarm went off at 5am and I’ll admit, I was not stoked but I got up and started my hike up the dunes. Watching the first light by myself on top of the tallest dunes I have ever seen was an experience I’ll never forget.
My first milky way capture of 2018. I’m thinking of shooting the next new moon out at the pinnacles. This was taken at Death Valley, which in my opinion has some of the best night sky viewing in California. This is a single exposure taken on my @sigmaphoto ART 20mm 1.4. I will never composite an image, especially when it comes to the night sky. Have a radical Monday everyone.
It’s moments like these that make the early mornings and waiting game all worth it. I arrived to Death Valley and was greeted by rain all afternoon and night. I got up at 530, grabbed my gear and started to hike up the dunes. These dunes are 700ft tall and no joke. I made it to the top of one of them and waited until the sunrise peaked over the nearby mountains. The shadows and golden hour glow in this photo make it one of my favorites that I have ever taken.
I can’t believe what’s happening over in Hawaii right now. Stay safe out there.
And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, "Well... how did I get here?"