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Ken Lee
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Long exposure, night sky, star trails, and travel photography
Long exposure, night sky, star trails, and travel photography

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Each Night The Stars Kiss Secretly The Lovers Eternal (9574)
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Two lovers embracing, frozen in time, gazing at the desert sky. When I was planning my trip to Utah, everything revolved around Goblin Valley. Its bizarre hoodoos were the attraction to me. The night I went, it was absurdly windy during the day. I drove there anyway from Caineville, hoping for the best. I was lucky. The night was calm and peaceful, and I had the entire valley to myself for the entire evening. This was my favorite evening of the trip, and I felt focused and creative. I illuminated the odd hoodoos with a handheld flashlight from several angles while the camera shutter was open. The image shows the celestial movements of the stars over a long period of time in this long exposure photo. I love seeing how one can compress so much time into a single image.
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Nikon D610/Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 fisheye. 30 minutes total stacked, each photo 3 minutes total f/8 ISO 200. 2018-06-27 20:58.
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#kenlee #kenleephotography #lightpainting #longexposure #nightphotography #slowshutter #amazing_longexpo #longexphunter #longexpoelite #longexposure_shots #supreme_nightshots #ig_astrophotography #super_photolongexpo#nightscaper #nightphotography #protomachines #MyRRS #ReallyRightStuff #feisol #Nikon #westbysouthwest . #goblinvalley #utah #goblinvalleystatepark #hoodoos #startrails
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Thankful For The Summer's Gentle Night, We Stood Shoulder To Shoulder Watching The Stars (1828)
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Perhaps our elders, frozen in time, watching stars drift in the midnight desert sky. Strange shaped hoodoos, Staircase-Escalante, Utah. Illuminated with a handheld flashlight from several angles while the tripod-mounted camera was doing a long exposure, which also shows the celestial movements of the stars over 38 minutes. I love how a single image can show the long passage of time in a way that we cannot perceive when we are there. Devil's Garden involved a 12-mile drive down a dirt road from Escalante. A beautiful moonlit night, I had the whole night to wander in peace and create.
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Nikon D750/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens. 38 minutes total stacked, each image 2 minutes f/8 ISO 200. 2018-06-25 00:13.
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Home on the Range (2176)
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How much has a tough but idyllic looking rural life appealed to you? This beautiful area might convince you. This is Gifford Homestead, owned by the last residents of Fruita Valley, and sold to NPS, and described by Wallace Stegner as "...a sudden, intensely green little valley among the cliffs of the Waterpocket Fold, opulent with cherries, peaches, and apples in season, inhabited by a few families who were about equally good Mormons and good frontiersmen and good farmers." You can now visit there, as it's part of Capitol Reef National Park now, and even pick apples. They'll give you a ladder and let you go for it. And to answer that first question, I am longing to move from the city to a far less populated area, and places like this inspire me to this.
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Nikon D750/28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. 3 minutes total f/8 ISO 800. 2018-06-28 22:20.
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#kenlee #kenleephotography #lightpainting #longexposure #nightphotography #slowshutter #amazing_longexpo #longexphunter #longexpoelite #longexposure_shots #supreme_nightshots #ig_astrophotography #super_photolongexpo #‎long_exposure‬ #nightscaper #nightphotography #protomachines #MyRRS #ReallyRightStuff #feisol #Nikon #westbysouthwest #capitolreef #giffordhomestead #fruitavalley #tenbatough
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The Goblin's Anvil (2147)
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Can you think of a time in which you felt creatively 100% in the flow? The night I at Goblin Valley in Utah, it had been absurdly windy during the day. I drove there anyway from Caineville, hoping for the best. I was lucky. The night was calm and peaceful, and I had the entire valley to myself for the entire evening. This was my favorite evening of the trip, and I felt focused and creative, completely locked in and photographing with two cameras. I'd set one up, light paint, let it run, go to the next one, wash, rinse, repeat. I illuminated the odd hoodoos with a handheld flashlight from several angles while the camera shutter was open. The image shows the celestial movements of the stars over a long period of time in this long exposure photo. I love seeing how one can compress so much time into a single image.
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Nikon D750/14-24mm f/2.8. 21 minutes total stacked, each photo 3 minutes total f/8 ISO 200. 2018-06-28 00:00.
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#kenlee #kenleephotography #lightpainting #longexposure #nightphotography #slowshutter #amazing_longexpo #longexphunter #longexpoelite #longexposure_shots #supreme_nightshots #ig_astrophotography #super_photolongexpo#nightscaper #nightphotography #protomachines #MyRRS #ReallyRightStuff #feisol #Nikon #westbysouthwest . #goblinvalley #utah #goblinvalleystatepark #hoodoos #startrails
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You'd Need To Go To Bed With the Lights On (2598)
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Night photo, living room of an abandoned 100 year old mining house. My friends Mike, Tim and I photographed two consecutive nights at Yellow Dog ghost town, two blocks of abandoned miner's homes located among green farmland, forests, and rolling green hills, built between 1912-1925. A family owns it now, painstakingly restoring the homes, and lives there with several residents. We are especially grateful to the owners for granting special permission to photograph on the property at night, particularly advisable since many in the area are armed and keep a watchful eye on the historic region.
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Night photo with handheld light added while the tripod-mounted camera shutter was open during this long exposure image. Photo made in almost total darkness.
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Nikon D750, Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 fisheye lens, 244 seconds f/8 ISO 200, handheld ProtoMachines LED2 light. July 2018.
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#kenlee #kenleephotography #lightpainting #longexposure #nightphotography #slowshutter #amazing_longexpo #longexphunter #longexpoelite #longexposure_shots #supreme_nightshots #ig_astrophotography #super_photolongexpo #‎long_exposure‬ #nightscaper #nightphotography #protomachines #MyRRS #ReallyRightStuff #feisol #Nikon #urbex #ghosttown #yellowdogvillage #pennsylvania
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Captive Audience (2693)
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The show must go on, even in a forgotten theater in an abandoned mental hospital. Night photo made in complete darkness. Look closer and you'll see faces on the front seats, the work of someone with a spray can. The most urbex experience I've had, my friends Tim and Mike and our local "tour guide" John walked over a 1/4 mile on a humid summer Pennsylvania night through dark wet tunnels, part of a 2-mile network of underground tunnels, eventually surfacing in a long-abandoned asylum and hospital half-choked in a thick damp jungle of overgrown trees and vines.
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Much of the buildings were in an advanced state of decay, the result of water damage, rot, theft, vandalism, law enforcement target practice, age, and nature reasserting its dominance. When we shined lights in the interior, it looked almost as if it were snowing, as the buildings were in a state of advanced decay, crumbling, crawling with cockroaches, with fluttering bats everywhere. We wore breathing masks for much of the time we photographed inside.
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Night photo with handheld light added while the tripod-mounted camera shutter was open during this long exposure image. Photo made in total darkness.
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Nikon D750, Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 fisheye lens, 193 seconds f/6.3 ISO 200, handheld ProtoMachines LED2 light. July 2018.
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#kenlee #kenleephotography #lightpainting #longexposure #nightphotography #slowshutter #amazing_longexpo #longexphunter #longexpoelite #longexposure_shots #supreme_nightshots #ig_astrophotography #super_photolongexpo #‎long_exposure‬ #nightscaper #nightphotography #protomachines #MyRRS #ReallyRightStuff #feisol #Nikon #urbex #statehospital #pennsylvania
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Caught Between The Moon and Yucca Valley (9405)
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The moon behind a silhouette of a Joshua Tree in beautiful Joshua Tree National Park, CA on a perfect night in mid-June. I met my friend Dave for dinner and then drove out to this picturesque area of the Park for the beginning of my photog adventure in this area. To the right of this photo was a strange humming sound, and as I walked closer, I realized that it was a giant bee hive. That area could wait for another time to explore. Time to walk to a different area and photograph! I liked the way the moon appeared to nestle between the branches of this Joshua Tree, and the stars this evening were magnificent, shimmering on that way that stars shimmer only in the desert night sky.
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Nikon D750/Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens. 15s f/2.4 ISO 2000 2018-06-18 23:05
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#kenlee #kenleephotography #lightpainting #longexposure #nightphotography #slowshutter #amazing_longexpo #longexphunter #longexpoelite #longexposure_shots #supreme_nightshots #ig_astrophotography #super_photolongexpo #‎long_exposure‬ #nightscaper #nightphotography #protomachines #MyRRS #ReallyRightStuff #feisol #Nikon #westbysouthwest #jtnp #milkyway #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #moon #stars
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All Of You North (1412)
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Beautiful Joshua Tree National Park, CA on a perfect night in mid-June. I met my friend Dave for dinner and then drove out to this picturesque area of the Park for the beginning of my photog adventure in this area. To the left of this photo was a strange humming sound, and as I walked closer, I realized that it was a giant bee hive. That area could wait for another time to explore. Time to walk to a different area and photograph! I used a handheld ProtoMachines LED2 flashlight to illuminate the foreground from several different angles, and then let the camera click away for 90 minutes to show the celestial movements of the stars, swirling around the North Star.
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Nikon D750/Rokinon fisheye 12mm f/2.8 lens. 90 minutes total "stacked"; each photo 3 minutes f/8 ISO 1000 2018-06-18 22:32
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#kenlee #kenleephotography #lightpainting #longexposure #nightphotography #slowshutter #amazing_longexpo #longexphunter #longexpoelite #longexposure_shots #supreme_nightshots #ig_astrophotography #super_photolongexpo #‎long_exposure‬ #nightscaper #nightphotography #protomachines #MyRRS #ReallyRightStuff #feisol #Nikon #westbysouthwest #jtnp #milkyway #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark
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Forever Arch (1450)
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A secret hidden gem in the Southwest United States that thankfully has not been "loved to death" through trampling and damage of its very fragile topsoil. The star trails show the celestial movement of the stars over two hours' time. I love the way we can see the passage of time in a single image in a way that we cannot readily perceive. This was a magnificently quiet summer night with no one for miles, and I spent about four hours absorbed in the stars and exploring the area or looking at the and its otherworldly rock formations in this solo photog adventure.
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Nikon D750/Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8 lens
2 hours total, each "stacked" photo 4 minutes f/5.6 ISO 800
2018-06-19 21:11
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Stars Upon Thars (9412)
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Beautiful starry night in Joshua Tree National Park, CA, my spiritual home for photography, on a perfect night in mid-June. I met my friend Dave for dinner and then drove out to this picturesque area of the Park for the beginning of my photog adventure in this area. To the left of this photo was a strange humming sound, and as I walked closer, I realized that it was a giant bee hive. That area could wait for another time to explore. Time to walk to a different area and photograph! I liked the way the moon appeared to nestle between the branches of this Joshua Tree, and the stars this evening were magnificent, shimmering on that way that stars shimmer only in the desert night sky. I lit the trees just a little with a ProtoMachines LED2 handheld flashlight during the exposure.
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Nikon D750/Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens. 15s f/2.4 ISO 2000 2018-06-18 23:17
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#kenlee #kenleephotography #lightpainting #longexposure #nightphotography #slowshutter #amazing_longexpo #longexphunter #longexpoelite #longexposure_shots #supreme_nightshots #ig_astrophotography #super_photolongexpo #‎long_exposure‬ #nightscaper #nightphotography #protomachines #MyRRS #ReallyRightStuff #feisol #Nikon #westbysouthwest #jtnp #milkyway #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #stars #night
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