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Continuum - Patagonia, Argentina

After touching down in El Calafate, Chile I caught the 4PM bus out of town to El Chalten.

It was early March & autumn color was starting to kick up pretty strong in the Andes Range. The weather was still nice, it was 70 degrees on the day I arrived.

It takes about 3 days to get into El Chalten from Seattle Washington where I live. With me I brought all my backpacking food, for the first two weeks, including lots of calorie dense nuts and trail mix. This allowed me to hit the trail by 7PM that evening and not return back to El Chalten for the next 12 days.

My goal was for the first evening was to catch sunset ( which ended up being really nice ) just out of El Chalten with views of the Fitz Roy Group.

After that I hiked 7 mi further out in the dark to an area where there would be some really nice views of the night sky as well as a few old trees to show scale.

The night skies in that region of the world are some of the darkest and most vivid that I've ever seen, I'd say darker than deep in the Olympics Range of Washington and even Capital Reef National Park.

None the less I got fairly lucky that there were clear skies. After the sun had been down for 4-5 hours the air started to get dense and foggy at this point the sky was no longer visible & I had to setup camp nearby and call it a night.

Prior to everything fogging up I was able to capture 10 milky way images. This is the first that I've gotten around to processing. More coming soon from different parts of the trip.

I just put out a new video showing my entire Noise Reduction Workflow for star, milky way, and night sky photography. You can access it using the link below:

http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/NoiseReduction-for-NightSkyPhotography

Enjoy & Thanks for Looking,
Dave
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Convergence - The Alaska Range, Alaska

This was one hell of a night of shooting. Paul Weeks and I landed in Fairbanks at 3:30AM. Slept in the airport and waited for our Xterra rental. Yes I rent the same vehicle as I own at home, I'm weird. I know the thing works!

Anyways, after loading up we were headed out of Fairbanks as fast as possible, until we saw Denny's. After a huge breakfast we were back on the road headed a few hundred miles south to Denali National Park, where we hoped to catch the Northern Lights. Hoped...

We arrived at Denali at 2PM, the sun was starting to set already as it was November.

Strapping our snowshoes on we headed for the summit of a nearby peak to shoot sunset. No light, but clear skies... were good to go for the Aurora or so we think.

5PM it's completely dark. The temps start to drop. Really drop. We didn't know much much, but after 3 hours there was zip zero aurora activity. We snowshoed the 7 miles back to the Xterra and turned the thing on.

It started with no issue. You actually plug the cars into an outlet at the park so the battery stays warm. The temperature said -25 degrees F. Great! Love it. We did jumping jacks and ran in place for an hour.

Still no aurora. It's now 10PM. I had the idea to drive all the way back, North of Fairbanks and straight into the Arctic Circle 300 miles back the way we came.

We got some music on and got to it. By the time we were within 100 miles of the Arctic Circle the lights started to flair up. We were in the middle of nowhere and snowshoed out into the woods.

By that time they were really kicking in. I'd say level 5-6. For the next hour we shot one of the best displays I've seen, at least at that time 2 years ago. After that hour, they went away, not to be seen for another 3 days.

9 hours of driving, 10 miles of hiking, we did get Denny's and a few RAW files out of it;)

Check out my Free Northern Lights Photography Tutorial ( Shooting & Post Processing ) Linked below:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2014/10/how-to-photograph-northern-lights.html

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I’ve been on the road in Death Valley National Park, Olympic National Park, and the Central Cascades for the past two weeks. My brother Lee & I are currently on a 1 month “spring” road trip which will hit all of the national parks in the South West, and most on the west coast.

We’ve knocked out 84 miles of backpacking so far and will continue into Zion National Park tomorrow, for 4 days, followed by the Escalante, Capital Reef, and Canyonlands.

Prior to heading back out I wanted to drop off my latest photos for April. I also linked a bunch of helpful tutorials for everyone within the post:)

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Dave
I've been on the road in Death Valley National Park, Olympic National Park, and the Central Cascades for the past two weeks. My brother Lee & I are currently on a 1 month "spring" road trip which will hit all of the national parks in the South West, and most on the west coast.
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Temple of the Moon - Capital Reef National Park, Utah

I'll always remember this as one of the most enjoyable nights of shooting in my life. 

My brother Lee and I rolled into Capital Reef National Park 2 days prior on a road trip which started in Pennsylvania 11 days before that. 

On the way to Capital Reef we did 3 days of backpacking in Canyonlands National Park's Needles District and the snow covered dunes of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado where it hit -35 degrees F one night. We slept in the Xterra in 35 degree bags and froze. I remember waking up and turning on the engine at 5AM. Everything was covered in frost, inside and out. 

It was my first time at all 3 parks and shooting the night sky in Capital Reef & Canyonlands has been high on the locations list for years. 

Back to Capital Reef and the shot above. After exploring Notom Bullfrog Road all day we headed into the Cathedral Valley to catch sunset at Temple of the Sun. Next we drove over to photograph Temple of the Moon for Moonset. 

As soon as the Moon past west of vertical over the top of the Temple it started to cast really nice light on the entire west side of the Temple. This made it perfect for photographing the thing backlit with star trails overhead. I'll put this shot out later. 

When the moon dropped lower in the sky I walked around to the North Eastern side of the Temple to take this shot. I knew that the different large spires would cast erie moon shadows on the snow. 

We ended up shooting here for 5 hours then setting up tents near the temple and calling it a night. We had a little bit of fresh snow which I was hoping to make for a great sunrise but clouds came in and we got nothing. 

Great night of shooting none the less.

If you're interested in learning to take shots like this ( and edit them in Lightroom & Photoshop )check out my Free Star Photography Tutorial & 70 Star Photography eBook linked below:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.html

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Halfway There - Gorton Creek, Oregon

Hmmm I don't have all that much to say about this image. You drive up to the Gorton Creek Trailhead, hike 50 feet and you're in one of the coolest river and stream environments in the gorge. That's it, easy! This is almost tourism haha

Here's the shot I took:)

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Driving into the East Fjords - Iceland - October 2015

From a 2 week trip through some of Iceland's remote f-roads

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Guardians of the Light - Patagonia, Chile

One of our last days in Patagonia we woke up early to catch sunrise which we had scouted the night before. The quick 5 mile hike to this area in the dark was fairly easy since the trail was well marked. It looked like we were going to be clouded in, but by the time the sun was nearly up everything was starting to turn pink. 5 minutes later it was over. Nothing but grey clouds. Good times!

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Satelight - Pacific Coast, Southern Oregon

From one of the best stretches of coastline on the Southern Oregon Coast. The half moon lights the entire coast, beaches and massive sea stacks.

We got really lucky in having some nice clouds and patches of stars prior to the whole thing clouding over.

Look closely at the bottom left of the photo and you'll see the small stream that feeds into the Pacific Ocean. Just 30 feet behind me that stream drops off a waterfall right down onto the beach, behind that mossy forests, then highway 101, then logging, lots of logging, almost infinite. So much logging that only 2 small patches of old growth forests still exists on the entire Oregon Coast. The Rock Creek Wilderness and the Cummins Creek Wilderness.

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Cell - Death Valley National Park, California

First light catches a unique sand formation in the Eureka Sand dunes of Death Valley National Park.

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Set Ablaze - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon  

This past summer ( 2015 ) there were massive wildfires all across the Pacific Northwest. While shooting at Crater Lake one weekend I ended up catching some really nice morning light through all the smoke and flames.   

This was taken around 7 am when the sun had just come up and was lighting the entire landscape catching the smoke as it came into the valley.  

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Backpacking in Mount Rainier's Nisqually River Valley - January 2016

After heavy snow of nearly 16 inches we were able to explore some of Mount Rainier's ancient river valleys.

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Simple & Powerful Noise Reduction for Star, Milky Way & Night Sky Photography - Free Video Tutorial

This is my unique and powerful method for applying noise reduction to night sky photos! It's also super easy to learn & implement :)

YOUR FREE STAR PHOTOGRAPHY EBOOK

Download Your Free 70 Page Star & Landscape Photography eBook and start taking awesome star, milky way and night sky photos, tonight! 

Click the link below & get the eBook http://www.PhotographTheNightSky.com

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Hi Dave, Thanks for the tutorial. I wonder why you do noise reduct as the last step in your processing. I find that doing it first makes other steps (sharpening, stretching...) easier as you don't strengthen artifacts first and then try to get rid of them.
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My name is Dave. I’m a full time / professional landscape & night sky photographer, author, and world traveler.

In March of 2015 I quit my 6 figure “American Dream” job as a Boeing Aerospace Engineer to travel, teach photography, and take photos full time. This was the scariest and best choice I’ve ever made.

For more information about me check out the About Me Page linked below. 

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Allowing society to cripple your creativity with pre-defined awards ( bragging rights ) and place an established value on the beauty you create is giving away your path to the stars, to your dreams, and most of all your path to create something new, something beautiful, something that can not be defined by words, actions or ideas that the human mind has yet conceived. -Me ( Dave Morrow )
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