Calm Night Sky | Before and After Editing

The edited astrophotography image compared to the original, out of camera shot.

Definitely wanted to focus on a blue sky and bright clouds in this capture, so color and luminosity were the main adjustments, in addition to a tilt/crop and some clone stamping to remove distracting elements.

Often it’s best to do the final crop/frame in-camera, but with a wide-angle lens, it can be hard!

If you have any questions or suggestions for Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials Tuesday, please leave a comment or contact me!

See you next week!

Calm Night Sky

Finally took the 11-16mm f/2.8 lens out for practice beneath a beautiful, starry night sky!

This was photographed with a 20 sec exposure at 200 ISO, and although still a little dark, I was pleasantly surprised by now many stars were captured, especially given that this was taken surrounded by city lights!

Definitely excited to photograph the stars up in the mountains and away from the light pollution!

 

Do you have any experience with astrophotography?  What’s your favorite part?  The star-gazing?  Time alone in the wilderness?

Let’s keep getting out and trying new things!

 

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Sunrise photography

Photograph of stars shining over clouds at dusk.

Wolf Moon

The Full Wolf Moon from a few days ago!  I definitely need to be more aware of current lunar phases, weather, and the rise and set times of both the sun and moon.  That way photos like these might be able to be a little more planned.  Not that there’s anything wrong with noticing a scene and running outside to capture it, of course!

HDR photography is so gorgeous to admire, and I’d love to practice it, especially when it comes to photographing the moon and sunsets with a beautiful foreground to match!

This is a simple mix of two exposures.  Though the sky was full of textures from clouds, the soft glow against the nearest of them was all I could get.

Should’ve used a tripod.  Eventually the stubbornness will wear out…right?

Let’s keep our eyes open and on the beautiful world around us.  If we happen to get lost in our studios and books, let’s still try to take frequent trips outside, not only for photographic opportunities we might miss, but for that wonderful revitalization that comes from admiring the gorgeous beauty of the world~

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Sunrise photography

Nature photograph of grass silhouetted by a harvest moon

Inspiration | Firework

Celebration photography of a gold firework.

Inspiration can come out of nowhere with enough force to shake the ground we stand on.  Passion and inspiration is a lot less dangerous than fireworks, though.

Interest in drawing and painting has returned recently, though not with as a concussive bang as explosives.  Career paths aren’t changing, and days and nights aren’t ferociously spent before a drawing board, but it’s nice to enjoy an old hobby.  I’ll be putting these old skills to work soon, as I’m applying to teach classes at a local shop.  In addition to the extra income (however slight), I’m looking forward to the chance to help (and hopefully inspire) those interested in such work.

Whether inspiration comes as a quiet murmur or an explosive bang, let’s enjoy the energy and muse while we can, and make the most of it.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Photography of tree roots exposed along a nature trail. Nature photograph of dogwood flowers.

Pike’s Peak Silhouette

Photography of the silhouette of Pike's Peak after sunset.

Pike’s Peak silhouetted by the last light of sunset.  You can see the first stars coming into visibility, as well as the bright lights along the mountain’s summit.

Hoping to one day bring you views from atop that peak.  Perhaps this winter?  There are hiking trails up the 14,114′ beauty, but the cog railway seems like a better bet at the moment.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photograph of clouds around the Rock Mountains near sunset. Sunset photography of the sun silhouetting mountains

Remember the Positive

Calm

Tensions start to run high, patience begins to stretch thin, and life keeps going at the same rate.  Technically true, but it doesn’t always feel that way.

Letting ourselves be consumed by anger and running negative monologues through our heads doesn’t make us feel any better, and it certainly doesn’t help pass the time.

When we feel pressure building, anger mounting, and blood boiling, let’s remember the positive.

Let’s lose ourselves in what brings us peace, remember the positive, and hope for the future.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Sunset Moon Clouds in Light Close-up

The World in Vast

Stars

The world is vast.  Let’s remember that there is so much beauty to see and share.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Cloud Perspective Sunset Fire