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!
Now the newly edited version.
This next shot is from Zion National Park. I used the Canon 6D with a 14mm lens at 15 sec.
Here is the edited image.
Liberty Bell and the North Cascades Highway, Canon 6D, 14mm lens at 25 sec. Before
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!
And the final version.
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!
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.
Last August I hiked the Spider Meadow – Buck Creek Pass Loop.
Spider Meadows, Glacier Peak Wilderness
What a glorious hike!
We started at Spider Meadows,
And ended the trip at Buck Creek Pass.
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.
I went to the tulip and daffodil fields often this year.
Daffodils, Morning Light
Eighteen times to be precise.
Yellow Tulips and a Smile
A new record for visits in one year.
Backlighting, my favorite
The Daffodils started in February.
As of today, April 17, the tulips are done.
I am not sorry, I’m relieved.
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.