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Coty Spence
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This is one of the most impressive sunrises I've ever seen. There was a lot of lingering smoke and haze in the air from the summer fires in Yosemite. I was worried it would dull the sky out but I decided to shoot anyways. As the sun got higher I noticed really sharp rays forming over the peaks of Bridalveil Falls. I've never seen light quite like this before and it blew my mind. It's moments like this when you capture something truly unique that makes photography amazing.

This is a single image exposed for the sky. The foreground was literally black so I had to do a lot of processing to bring out the detail while keeping it realistic. The original plan was to blend together multiple bracketed images but it got quite tricky with this light. I hope you guys like it! 
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Hey I watched a few of your review videos. When I saw one for the HTC one x or something, I thought that you were pretty good! Then I went to your channel page, and I found that you hadn't done one for years!! Why have you stopped?
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The Cosmic Forest

The best things in life are worth fighting for. That means when you're in the mountains at 2AM and you hear a pack of howling coyotes approaching, you stand your ground and fearlessly keep shooting! I'm not gonna lie, I get pretty damn scared when I hear coyotes. But the scenery and Milky Way were looking too good to pass up. 

This is a single 30 second exposure at ISO 4000 taken with a Nikon D600. Enjoy!
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As a native to Los Angeles, I am truly jealous of photographers who live in San Francisco. It's certainly one of the most photogenic cities on the planet, the possibilities are endless. I went there with a couple friends a few months back to shoot but didn't come away with anything truly unique. It was my first time in the city since I was a little kid so we spent our time getting all the usual touristy shots. Here's one of my favorites from that trip when we spent the morning watching the sun rise behind the Oakland-Bay bridge. It was a beautiful sight and I hope to return soon! Hope you enjoy.
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Lovely!!
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This is a shot of Upper Navajo Falls in Havasupai. You can't just drive a car here and stop at some scenic outlook to see this waterfall; you have to backpack 10 miles down into the Grand Canyon with 40-50 lbs of gear on your back. When I look at this photo I think of just how hard it was to get here; that's what sticks with me. Sometimes the experience along the way is more important than the end result.
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Just going to leave this here.

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Just Beautiful!
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Milky Way over Half Dome

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I've been wanting a shot of the Milky Way above Half Dome for a while now. I've finally been able to take this one off my bucket list and couldn't be happier. We didn't have a ton of time to shoot because the moon  was rising in about an hour and the Earth's rotation was moving the galaxy too far above Half Dome to look appealing (at least to me).

I quickly set up my camera and tripod and realized I had to bump the ISO all the way up to 6400 to look properly exposed. I did a 30 second exposure for the sky and a 60 second for the foreground. Pretty happy with the way it came out! You guys have probably noticed but I've been using some new processing techniques to get my Milky Way shots to look nicer. :) Hope you like it!
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The play of colour is sensational. kr Su
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Fire in the Sky

Took this shot at Santa Monica a couple of months ago and tried several different ways of processing it. This summer the sunsets in Los Angeles have been pretty lacking so I knew I had to take my time on this image. It really was a killer sunset. I took an exposure for the sky/water and combined it with a separate exposure of the ferris wheel to get cool colors in there. I'm very happy with the end result; this is one of the most dramatic images I've produced yet. At least IMO. :P

Thanks for viewing! 
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Oh you know, just doing some photography under the moonlight on the edge of a 5000 foot cliff. Thanks to my friend Frank Lopez for the sick photo! It's kind of cool to get a behind the scenes shot like this. 
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The Cosmic Tractor

On our way to the tufas of Mono Lake we spotted a lone tractor on the dirt road. We only had about 90 minutes of complete darkness until the moon rose, so we couldn't really afford to mess around too much. Needless to say, we shot at this tractor for a good half hour and had a blast! Old vehicles like this make good foreground for the Milky Way, especially if you can light paint them in cool ways. This was one of my favorite shots from that location. It's a single ISO 4000 exposure from a D600. Hope you enjoy!
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Just Some Trees

Nothing quite like hiking through a tall forest surrounded by mountains in the middle of the day with the sun peeking through. It's a calming and almost surreal experience. Living in Los Angeles, it's quite nice to breathe some actual fresh air for once during the year. I'm sure my lungs would agree. :P Hope you guys like it!

Oh, and don't forget to check out my website at http://cotyspence.com. You'll find more of my work on there that you may have not seen yet, including some of my portraits!
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Vernal Falls is Alive!

I never get tired of these views. As much as I go to Yosemite, every time is a new experience. Going in the different seasons and seeing how the colors and waterfalls change is surreal. I took this in spring of 2013 when Vernal Falls was going full force. The sound of the water pounding was deafening and we got totally soaked just walking by it up the trail. However a few weeks ago the waterfall was hardly even trickling and the landscape seemed less alive, but no less spectacular. I do want to start going to new places though, I've been to Yosemite like 6 times in the past 2 years. I'm thinking Zion and Bryce Canyon for my next trip. :P
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This is one of many natural wonders, how I wish to know and visit this place.
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Gates of the Valley

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Sunrise down in Yosemite Valley on a hazy morning. The haze is a mixture of fog and lingering smoke from the recent fires and it made the light feel kinda dreamy. The sun was overwhelmingly bright in the sky so I angled the photo down a bit so you could see the reflection in the water instead! Hope you enjoy the photo! 
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Wonderful capture, love it.
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  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Physics, 2013 - present
  • El Camino College
    Astrophysics, 2013
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