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Grant Kaye
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Here's a look back at some of my favorite frames from 2014. Thanks for all your support this year!

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Here's five hours of stars from remote High Rock canyon in northwestern Nevada. 57 five-minute exposures were combined to create this one image. 
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Truckee metal fabricator Justin Self of Fusion Metal Crafters asked me to make a portrait of him using his great-grandfather's anvil. Justin is the fourth generation metal worker making drawer pulls and other decor items in his artisanal shop. He told me he is "banging out the future on a piece of the past."
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I take a lot of pictures of the milky way. It's one of my favorite thing to do: sit in the middle of nowhere in the pitch dark on top of a mountain and stare up into space and try to begin to comprehend what it is that I am looking at. I want to share with you this shot of our galaxy that I made last Monday night in the Ansel Adams wilderness because I can't believe how it turned out. I dragged my tripod and an f/1.4 wide angle lens with me to suck in as much starlight as possible, and this is the ridiculousness that ensued. 


The brown/tan colors of the Milky Way are actually insterstellar dust, and the colors around the galaxy are airglow from ions high in the troposphere being excited into releasing photons at different wavelengths by solar radiation. 


The photo itself is a combination of one exposure for the stars at ISO 5,000, f/1.6, 20 seconds, and one exposure for the mountains (Lava Mountain Peaks) at ISO 8,000, 30 seconds. There was a new moon that night, and the high alpine bowl of mountains that I was in shielded almost all light pollution from the sky. I added some contrast to the sky with a curves adjustment layer to bring the darker parts of the sky back to black, but that's it in terms of "post." Shooting the night sky at such high ISO values brings in too much reflected starlight from dust in the atmosphere so you have to knock it back by adding contrast to achieve a "realistic" result. Hope you enjoy!
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I haven't photographed the East Shore of Lake Tahoe in over a year, which is a real shame because it's only a twenty minute drive from my house. 

The sunset Monday night was easily one of the most spectacular ones I have ever witnessed here in Tahoe. I was literally jumping up and down as I saw the images on my LCD. My wife thought I was crazy....and she's right!

This image is a result of two GND filters, a circular polarizer, and a 0.9 ND filter.
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I haven't posted here on G+ in quite some time....but thankfully I've been to a lot of places in the last few months. Here is a shot of the incredible Aurora Borealis in the sky above the bridge over Landbrotsvötn near Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland from early March. 
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2013 is here, so I thought I would put together a little retrospective on 2012 before it fades away....huge thanks to everyone who made this year possible for me, here's to a healthy and productive 2013 for everyone.

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Flourescent minerals sparkle on mine tailings under the Milky Way outside of Bishop, CA. #nightscapes   #nightphotography  
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Moonlight paints the fume and low clouds with purple glow above the Halema`uma`u vent at the summit of Hawaii`'s Kilauea volcano. Heading back to California after a great few weeks seeing family and shooting in the Islands. 
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Happy Friday! It's a very foggy morning in Truckee, what's the start of the day look like where you are? #foggyfriday   #foggymorning   #landscapephotography   #sunrisephotography   #truckee  
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