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Editing Night Sky Images

I have been working with Photoshop for some time. My learning curve has been rather slow and often painful! Slowly I learn new techniques for manipulating light and shadows.
Images of the night sky demand more work than daytime shots. The camera I have, a Canon 6D, and the 14mm lens I use allow me to set the exposure for 30 seconds.
In the unedited images you can see the strip of the Milky Way and in the edited images it pops out and grabs you!
Here is an image I shot a few years ago with a Canon T2i, a 15mm lens at 30 sec. and 800iso. Its a bit dark!
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Now the newly edited version.
Tent Under Stars
This next shot is from Zion National Park. I used the Canon 6D with a 14mm lens at 15 sec.
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Here is the edited image.
Orion over Zion
Liberty Bell and the North Cascades Highway, Canon 6D, 14mm lens at 25 sec. Before
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And after.
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The last shot is of Mount Rainier from Crystal Mountain. Again using the 6D and the 14mm lens at 30 sec.

If you would like to attend a Night Sky Photo Tour and learn how to capture such images, here is the link with dates and prices!
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And the final version.
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For those of you who are already Photoshop savvy, the most useful tutorials and techniques for editing starry night shots I have found are at Dave Morrow Photography.

If you would like personalized Photoshop Lessons with me online, here is the link!

Happy Shooting and Editing!

Isolation Lake

Recent publications !

Here are 5 recent publications of articles I’ve written along with images.

This first link is to an article I wrote for photo students called Elements of Coolness. It was published by the company that does my canvas wrap printing, Canvas on Demand.

Surround Yourself  – Canvas on Demand Lifestyle  – Elements of Coolness

The Washington National Park Fund is a local non-profit raising money for Washington’s 3 National Parks: Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades National Park.

Washington’s National Park Fund – Why I love Sahale Glacier Camp

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The Nature Conservancy is a well-known organization dedicated to preserving wild lands. I have donated many images to their cause and am happy to be a part of their efforts.

The Nature Conservancy – Enchantments

Colchuck Lake, Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Colchuck Lake, Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Cascade Loop Magazine is a local travel guide here in Northwest Washington. The loop is a wonderfully Scenic Drive encompassing the North Cascades, Lake Chelan, Skagit Valley and several other picturesque locations. I contribute images each year and was lucky to have an image on the cover of this years magazine.

Cascade Loop Magazine – Cover shot!

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Amateur Astrophotography Magazine publishes a e-zine each month and here is an article and images of Night Sky Images.

Park Butte Lookout and Mount Baker

Park Butte Lookout and Mount Baker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy the articles and images and thank you for stopping by!

Glacier Peak, Sunrise

Glacier Peak Wilderness – Liberty Cap

Last August I hiked the Spider Meadow – Buck Creek Pass Loop.

Spider Meadows, Glacier Peak Wilderness

Spider Meadows, Glacier Peak Wilderness

What a glorious hike!

We started at Spider Meadows,

And ended the trip at Buck Creek Pass.

Glacier Peak

Glacier Peak

We arrived at the Pass early in the day and waited for the sun to cool off a bit before we ascended the slopes of Liberty Cap and scouted for a place to camp with a view of Glacier Peak. This image is from that night.

The next morning before sunrise we made our way south along the ridge line, heading for High Pass.

The views of Glacier Peak were magnificent. sumptuous wildflowers and greener than green meadows invited us to relax and breathe in the air.

Evening at Sahale Camp

North Cascades National Park

I recently received a photo request from a magazine, asking me to submit images of North Cascades National Park.

Usually photo requests are more specific, asking for images of a trail or peak, but in this case it was for the entire park!

This starts me on a mission to reconnoiter all image folders, not only looking for old favorites but also scanning for ‘diamonds in the rough’ so to speak, missed in earlier searches.

Its fun to review, though a bit laborious to scan and re-edit images.

These are the images I submitted.

Now the hopeful waiting starts to see if any are chosen!

These images are all for sale as canvas wrapped prints and standard prints. Here is the gallery to view them and order! 

If you would like to go on a North Cascades Photo Tour, day hiking or overnight backpacking to these locations and capturing images, here is the link with details!

Palouse Falls

Milky Way Photo Tours in the North Cascades

Summer is fast approaching! Time to make your plans for getting into the high country.

Glacier Peak

Glacier Peak

I schedule many of my trips around the Lunar Calendar.

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

I am offering Night Sky Photo Tours. We can either drive to a location along the North Cascades Highway to capture Night Sky Images and return the same night…

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

Or you can schedule a Hike-In Night Sky Photo Tour where we would pick one of these stunning location, hike in and capture images of sunset, Night Sky and sunrise.

Mount Baker

Mount Baker

Groups are small. I have extra backpacking equipment for a limited number of people. This link has the details of what photo equipment you will need.

Mount Adams

Mount Adams

After put photo tour we will meet and I will share my tips on how to edit these images with Photoshop.

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls

Its a LOT of fun. The link here shows the dates for the summer.

Park Butte Lookout

Park Butte Lookout

I hope you will come hike with me.

Park Butte Lookout and Mount Baker

Park Butte Lookout and Mount Baker

Reserve your spots now, space is limited!

Wildflowers

Earth Day 2015

Earth Day

What is Earth Day all about?

We live on a cool planet.

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Mount Rainier

It’s beautiful.

Evening Light

Point of the Arches

There are mountains.

Colchuck Lake, Enchantments

Colchuck Lake, Enchantments

Oceans.

Washington Park, Anacortes

Washington Park, Anacortes

 

Rivers.

Bridge over Skagit River

Bridge over Skagit River

Flowers.

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Skagit Tulips

 

Meadows.

Wildflowers

Pacific Crest Trail, Pasayten Wilderness

Animals.

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Deer at Cascade Pass

 

People.

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Atop Maple Pass

 

and LOTS more.

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Park Butte Lookout

 

Lets try harder to not fuck it up!

Snow Geese on Fir Island, Skagit Valley

Snow Geese on Fir Island, Skagit Valley

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Skagit Valley

 

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Spider Meadows

 

 

 

 

 

MUD!

Skagit Valley Tulips 2015 – Best Images

I went to the tulip and daffodil fields often this year.

Daffodils, Morning Light

Daffodils, Morning Light

Eighteen times to be precise.

Yellow Tulips and a Smile

Yellow Tulips and a Smile

A new record for visits in one year.

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Backlighting, my favorite

The Daffodils started in February.

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Stars!

As of today, April 17, the tulips are done.

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Beheading

Finished, kaput.

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Pink River

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Maximus

I am not sorry, I’m relieved.

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Tulip Selfie

My Tulip Goal for this year was two-fold: to get an image of a huge double rainbow directly over the blazing tulip fields AND to somehow capture an image of dark skies over the tulips being ripped asunder by searing bolts of lightning.

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Converging

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The Barn

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Mud

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Pinks

I failed miserably on both of these counts.

MUD!

MUD!

All of these image, and many more, are for sale as fine art prints as well as Canvas Wrapped Prints. Here is the place to view and buy!

Love the backlit cene

Love the back lit scene

Reflection

Reflection

Water in the rows

Water in the rows

Loner

Loner