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Stars

Stars are everywhere, but better to view and photograph some places than others. Where are you on the Bortle Scale? And timing with the moon is essential, as is noting the Milky Way season and direction from where you are located. Then there is weather and dust in the air. Lots of things to consider.

Milky Way, Jupiter, and a meteor. 2000 ISO, f2.8, 20 seconds. 
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

We know this lake well, it’s where we kayak most frequently. We knew the directions to look and moved around the lake until we found just the right place that the light pollution from a city 40 miles away lit up the lake enough to show the reflection.  It’s not a merged image.  We prefer to add light if needed with flash or ambient light.  Sometimes a silhouette is more dramatic.  Play with it all and see what you like.  And use a compass if you don’t know the area.

Namibia. Subtle flash on rock.
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Inca Trail. Headlights inside tents – adjusted in brightness and direction for this shot.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

Morocco, Sahara Desert. 2 candles lighting the tent.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

City lights 40 miles away providing color on the horizon. A yard light at a farm lighting the trees. And a frenzy of meteors during the exposure!
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Peruvian Amazon – no light pollution!
© 2015 Bob Harvey & Diane Kelsay

Our house. A long enough exposure to get a nice tail on a meteor, and a natural starburst with Jupiter.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Know your twilight zones (ha, not the show) – Civil, Nautical, Astronomical.  Experiment shooting in all and see how the Milky Way shows up in each compared to total darkness.  Conditions where you are come into play.  Most of the time it doesn’t work, sometimes it does.

Morocco, Sahara Desert. Nautical Twilight. Note the layer of dust above the dunes.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Iceland
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Learn more and enjoy photographing the night sky with us.  Places on our menu of adventures that are good for stars: Tanzania, Kenya, Patagonia, Turkey, Iceland Aurora.

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Patagonia Photography Adventure

When I think of Patagonia, the words “vast” and “mood” come to mind.  The landscape changes constantly, clouds move and reveal peaks that were hidden moments before…  Light breaks through and highlights parts of the scene… All good things to create drama and art in the landscape.

Sunrise, El Chalten, Argentina © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise, El Chaltén, Argentina
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise, El Chaltén, Argentina
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

We hike all day for great views and hope for a glimpse of the tower…

Clouds part and reveal the Fitzroy Massif, Argentina© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Clouds part and reveal the Fitz Roy Massif
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Early morning, Fitz Roy Massif, Argentina
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise, Fitzroy Massif, Argentina © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise, Fitz Roy Massif, Argentina
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The quiet of the mountains in the many moods they present us, leaves us as we explore the Perito Moreno Glacier…

Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The glacier calves with a spectacular display of power, revealing a deep blue wall. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

The glacier calves with a spectacular display of power, revealing a deep blue wall.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

We leave behind the excitement at the glacier, absolutely the best glacier calving day we have had anywhere, and make our way to Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.

Sunrise, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The drama of light, clouds, color continues… Guanacos wander throughout the scenes…

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Condors and eagles fly overhead…

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

A fox plays hide and seek, ready for an afternoon siesta…

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The "towers" peak out behind the waterfall. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

 

Patagonia is a land that offers many opportunities for photographers.  Hiking through the mountains is a breeze when you are starting at close to sea level, easy to carry wide angle and telephoto gear. We invite you to join us on the next Patagonia adventure in 2016  www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.patagonia.htm

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Patagonia Gallery

I really enjoyed building the latest gallery, Patagonia.  So many memories and such an inspiration just to think back at the great light we have seen and photographed there.  See the gallery here http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/gallery.patagonia.1.htm

Patagonia is the place I am most driven to photograph landscape. The dramatic views of the mountains are constantly changing – from the first warm light of early morning to the cold blue of the glaciers they hold.  Clouds gently part to reveal peaks all day long, a design of mood and drama. I love watching this change and the challenge to capture the right moment to release the shutter.

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Sunrise, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2009 Diane Kelsay

 

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Fitzroy Massif, Argentina
As we started an all day trek
© 2012 Bob Harvey

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Waterfall, glacier trek Perito Moreno Glacier
© 2012 Diane Kelsay

 

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Clouds opening to reveal a view, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2012 Bob Harvey

And occasionally guanacos might just step into the view.  Not too spooked by us, they allowed me to walk a few steps to place them just right with the mountain.

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Guanacos, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2012 Diane Kelsay

And all this while a Condor flies over us…

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Condor, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2012 Bob Harvey

We hope you will join us on our next adventure to Patagonia http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.patagonia.htm

 

 

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