Album Night Shots and Star Trails

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b.stark

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Very non-backcountry, but a nice night shot from a state park not far from where I live, right on the Missouri River (which currently is chocolate brown from all the rainstorms we have been getting). Photo taken in 2014.

 

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Last weekend after a great thunderstorm. The picture is so-so, the story, much better.

Right after I finished this shot a big black shadow appeared above me outlined against the clouds in the moonlight, paused, and then swooped down overhead without a sound... well the only sound was me with a naughty word and small cry of "What the hell is that!".
At least I figured it out as I spoke it.
Luckily the owl decided that although I was the only thing out and about in the wee hours, I was not worth the effort. I heard owls flew silently, but to see it in action just feet over my head. Pretty sweet.

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chandlerwest

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Bryce Canyon last week during full moon



And a few images I took last night while camping inside Yant Flats





During my first vacation to southern Utah in 1980 I took a ranger led full moon hike at Bryce Canyon. We did the Navajo Loop. It ranks pretty high on the list of activities that set the hook as far as where I decided to settle. The genesis of the majesty of the West.
 

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During my first vacation to southern Utah in 1980 I took a ranger led full moon hike at Bryce Canyon. We did the Navajo Loop. It ranks pretty high on the list of activities that set the hook as far as where I decided to settle. The genesis of the majesty of the West.
I passed the group that was out on that ranger-led hike. Looked like a lot of informative fun for them. I might do that next time.
And I agree, our Southern Utah parks had a major impact on me as well. Hopefully, in the future, I will end up working in one of them or at least nearby.
 

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This is one of my first attempts at night sky photography. I know its not backcountry, but I was the only one sitting/watching Old Faithful erupt 9/17/2018 at about 5:30AM. I was playing around with different exposure times -- I wish I could tell you what this setting was but about 10-15 seconds after shutter opening my battery ran out and this was my last captured image. I still have a lot to learn about photography but have enjoyed educating myself along the way; this is one of my favorite images thus far.

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b.stark

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Very nice shot. I keep intending to try for night shots of thermal features in Yellowstone, but so far haven't gotten it done.
 

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That is cool, both old faithful alone... and catching it with stars blazing behind it.

I was playing around with different exposure times -- I wish I could tell you what this setting was but about 10-15 seconds after shutter opening my battery ran out and this was my last captured image.
Maybe this was rhetorical, but I am sometimes captain obvious. You know this is embedded in the jpg? or the RAW file.... it shows the settings were 30s, 400 ISO, f5.6.... ?
 

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Exif metadata, just in case you didn’t know. I used to think photogs wrote all these details down as they took each photo and was rather amazed by it all until someone pointed out it’s part of the file. But you probably already know more about it than I ever will.
 

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This is one of my first attempts at night sky photography. I know its not backcountry, but I was the only one sitting/watching Old Faithful erupt 9/17/2018 at about 5:30AM. I was playing around with different exposure times -- I wish I could tell you what this setting was but about 10-15 seconds after shutter opening my battery ran out and this was my last captured image. I still have a lot to learn about photography but have enjoyed educating myself along the way; this is one of my favorite images thus far.

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You had the same idea that I had while I was there, lol
 

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