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Moments in Time - The Bisti / De-Na-Zin wilderness in New Mexico has some really dark skies. Here's a day-to-night composite blend of two-images made from the same tripod position. One was just at the moment when the sun slipped behind the mountains; the other was several hours later when the Milky Way had moved into position and a fireball photobombed the scene! The cool rock/mud formations in the foreground are made out of the natural material from which the Bisti / De-Na-Zin area gets its name. Note - if you visit at night, be SURE you carry a flashlight / GPS / compass; there are no trails at all and route finding is entirely up to you. #ShootYourNightSkies #GetOutLookUp #amazinglongexposure #amazing_longexpo #milkyway #meteor #newmexico #nightphotography #nightscape #nikon #reallyrightstuff

Star Trails - Effect of Lens Focal Length

Ever wonder how your choice of lens focal length affects your star trail images? Here's a quick guide - each star trail composite was made with 180 constituent images, each of which was made with a 20-second shutter speed, all at about the same time. Yes, I had three cameras going! The red circle highlights a tree that is visible in each image. You can see how the wider-angle lenses really shows the different, divergent paths of the stars, whereas the longer lenses show much more parallel star trails.
180 images, 20 sec, f/2.8, 6400 ISO, processed in Lightroom and StarStax; Nikon full-frame cameras; Nikkor 14-24 mm, 24-70 mm and 70-200 mm lenses.

Which focal length image do you like best?
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The Milky Way is BACK!

Out on a scouting mission early this morning here in central Minnesota – and what a reward! A few key objects from this fourteen image, single-row panorama (top) are labeled in the bottom version. As you can see here, the arc of the Milky Way, four planets (including Earth, of course!) and a host of stars, gas and dust nebulae were clearly visible. As just one example, did you know that the star Antares in the constellation Scorpius is so large that if Antares were at the center of our solar system, instead of our sun, it would swallow Earth, Venus and Mercury and extend all the way to Mars?! And that the light from Antares you see here is so old it left the star in the year 1414 AD? Finally, an appearance by the faraway Aurora Borealis was a cool surprise! Join me in Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota in April to create images and time lapses like this one yourself: http://mikeshawphotography.com/2018workshops/msp2018/

Nikon D800E/Nikkor 24-70 mm, f/2.8 at 24 mm; 14 images - ISO 6400, f/4.0, 15 sec per image. Merged in Lightroom.

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Infinity
Having grown up amidst the cornfields of central Ohio, I've always found something alluring about their endless rows. The precision of the farmers who manage them is spectacular, as you can see here with their perfect, parallel rows stretching into infinity. And with the vernal equinox is rapidly approaching and the first rustlings of spring making their appearance, ones thoughts naturally turns to the months ahead - what will your 2018 adventures be?
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Chase the Aurora with me this summer in Iceland! September, 2018, five participants, I do all the driving. Check that Bucket List now! Link in bio,
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@universetoday with @repostsaveapp ・・・ Hey Everyone! My name is Dr. Mike Shaw, “Your Nightscape Professor!” I'm an nightscape / time-lapse photographer, book author and international photo workshop leader based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Universe Today has given me the honor of taking over their Instagram channel for a day. :) You'll find my own gallery at @mikeshawphotography, and info on my nightscape photography book and workshops at MikeShawPhotography.com.
I'll share two of my favorite nightscapes and a time-lapse clip with you today. Here's the time-lapse clip.

Deep Space Milky Way

The galactic core region of the Milky Way is simply majestic, wouldn’t you agree? There is something serene, yet powerful the way it gracefully appears and glides across the sky.
This time-lapse video was assembled from a 3.5 hour sequence of exposures made during a solo backpacking trip deep in the badlands of New Mexico, in May, 2017. Although the night was chilly, the lack of wind and atmospheric clarity made for astonishing views. Check out the cool waves of green airglow towards the end of the clip! Airglow is a phenomenon somewhat similar to aurorae, wherein the solar energy stored in the air molecules during the day is released at night as visible light. Looking forward to returning in October, 2018, with my workshop students!

Nikon D810A
Nikkor 24 -70 mm f/2.8 at 44 mm
ISO 12,800
f/3.2
5 seconds per image
Gitzo tripod
Really Right Stuff ballhead
Continuous shooting with a locked shutter release
Time-lapse assembled from 2544 images
Processed with LRTimelapse / Lightroom
And with a huge thanks to Fraser and the team at @UniverseToday…! #MilkyWay #timelapse #astrophotography #astronomy #space #nightscape #YourNightscapeProfessor #ShootYourNightSkies #GetOutLookUp #bpsop #sciencephoto #CGLA

Want to be one of the photographers featured on our channel? Use the hashtag #universetoday to show us your work.

Optical Fiber Light Tree

Light drawing is different than light painting, since the light source is a key part of the image. Light painted images have the light source outside the field of view, so you only see it's effects.
This light-drawn "tree" was created with a black optical fiber wand attached to my flashlight. It's a single exposure, with the graceful curves a natural outcome of the flexible optical fibers.
Nikon D800E / Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 at 14 mm
ISO 160 | f/22 | 25 sec

Thanks Jamie Rabold for the tip - and check out his images for more inspiration (warning - you'll get either really cold, wet, or both!): http://www.pixoto.com/jrabold
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Hey Everyone! My name is Dr. Mike Shaw, “Your Nightscape Professor!” I'm an nightscape / time-lapse photographer, book author and international photo workshop leader based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Universe Today has given me the honor of taking over their Instagram channel for a day. :) You'll find my own gallery at @mikeshawphotography, and info on my nightscape photography book and workshops at MikeShawPhotography.com.

I'll share two of my favorite nightscapes and a time-lapse clip with you today. Here's the second nightscape image.

Watching the Harvest Moon through the Window

I have a thing for rock arches. Not sure what it is but they fascinate me. Add in the full moon and you’ve got a winner!
This image was made in Arches National Park in 2017 during one of my photo workshops. It required lots of pre-planning and daytime scouting since the Harvest Moon only appears once each year. The issue was that the rising moon was invisible until it appeared within the opening – and from our vantage point over a mile away; this means we would miss it unless we were perfectly situated. An added complexity was that we needed to account for the precise angle above the horizon as well as the compass direction of the moon for when it appeared. Let me just say that the excitement was palpable as waited for the moon to appear!

Nikon D810A
Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 with 1.7X teleconverter at 270 mm
1600 ISO
f/11
1/160 sec
Gitzo tripod
Really Right Stuff ballhead
Single shot

With a huge thanks to Fraser and the team at @UniverseToday …! #moon #astrophotography #astronomy #space #nightscape #Utah #YourNightscapeProfessor #ShootYourNightSkies #GetOutLookUp #bpsop #sciencephoto #CGLA

Want to be one of the photographers featured on our channel? Use the hashtag #universetoday to show us your work.

Hey Everyone! My name is Dr. Mike Shaw, “Your Nightscape Professor!” I'm an nightscape / time-lapse photographer, book author and international photo workshop leader based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Universe Today has given me the honor of taking over their Instagram channel for a day. :) You'll find my own gallery at @mikeshawphotography, and info on my nightscape photography book and workshops at MikeShawPhotography.com.
I'll share two of my favorite nightscapes and a time-lapse clip with you today. Here's the time-lapse clip.

Deep Space Milky Way

The galactic core region of the Milky Way is simply majestic, wouldn’t you agree? There is something serene, yet powerful the way it gracefully appears and glides across the sky.
This time-lapse video was assembled from a 3.5 hour sequence of exposures made during a solo backpacking trip deep in the badlands of New Mexico, in May, 2017. Although the night was chilly, the lack of wind and atmospheric clarity made for astonishing views. Check out the cool waves of green airglow towards the end of the clip! Airglow is a phenomenon somewhat similar to aurorae, wherein the solar energy stored in the air molecules during the day is released at night as visible light. Looking forward to returning in October, 2018, with my workshop students!

Nikon D810A
Nikkor 24 -70 mm f/2.8 at 44 mm
ISO 12,800
f/3.2
5 seconds per image
Gitzo tripod
Really Right Stuff ballhead
Continuous shooting with a locked shutter release
Time-lapse assembled from 2544 images
Processed with LRTimelapse / Lightroom
And with a huge thanks to Fraser and the team at @UniverseToday…! #MilkyWay #timelapse #astrophotography #astronomy #space #nightscape #YourNightscapeProfessor #ShootYourNightSkies #GetOutLookUp #bpsop #sciencephoto #CGLA

Want to be one of the photographers featured on our channel? Use the hashtag #universetoday to show us your work.

Hey Everyone! My name is Dr. Mike Shaw, “Your Nightscape Professor!” I'm an nightscape / time-lapse photographer, book author and international photo workshop leader based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Universe Today has given me the honor of taking over their Instagram channel for a day. :) You'll find my own gallery at @mikeshawphotography, and info on my nightscape photography book and workshops at MikeShawPhotography.com.

I'll share two of my favorite nightscapes and a time-lapse clip with you today. Here's the second nightscape image.

Watching the Harvest Moon through the Window

I have a thing for rock arches. Not sure what it is but they fascinate me. Add in the full moon and you’ve got a winner!
This image was made in Arches National Park in 2017 during one of my photo workshops. It required lots of pre-planning and daytime scouting since the Harvest Moon only appears once each year. The issue was that the rising moon was invisible until it appeared within the opening – and from our vantage point over a mile away; this means we would miss it unless we were perfectly situated. An added complexity was that we needed to account for the precise angle above the horizon as well as the compass direction of the moon for when it appeared. Let me just say that the excitement was palpable as waited for the moon to appear!

Nikon D810A
Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 with 1.7X teleconverter at 270 mm
1600 ISO
f/11
1/160 sec
Gitzo tripod
Really Right Stuff ballhead
Single shot

With a huge thanks to Fraser and the team at @UniverseToday …! #moon #astrophotography #astronomy #space #nightscape #Utah #YourNightscapeProfessor #ShootYourNightSkies #GetOutLookUp #bpsop #sciencephoto #CGLA

Want to be one of the photographers featured on our channel? Use the hashtag #universetoday to show us your work.

Hey Everyone! My name is Dr. Mike Shaw, “Your Nightscape Professor!” I'm an nightscape / time-lapse photographer, book author and international photo workshop leader based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Universe Today has given me the honor of taking over their Instagram channel for a day. :) You'll find my own gallery at @mikeshawphotography, and info on my nightscape photography book and workshops at MikeShawPhotography.com.

I'll share two of my favorite nightscapes and a timelapse clip with you today. Here's the first nightscape image.

Totality Over the Tetons

Grand Teton National Park was a prime spot to view the total solar eclipse of 2017; aligning the eclipsed sun with Grand Teton itself required a 9-mile with hike up to Lake Solitude, Wyoming, at around 9000 ft. elevation. Also required were several days of pre-scouting the trails / shooting locations, a day-before 20-mile mountain bike trip to the trailhead camp loaded with camping and photography gear, encounters with grizzly bears/cubs prowling around camp, a 2 am departure on the day of the eclipse, four cameras, four tripods, solar filters, batteries, lenses – no big deal. Oh, and a face-to-face stare-down with a moose on the trail - pure adrenalin!

This is a composite blend with 24-mm images of the solar-filtered partial phases and the unfiltered scene at totality along with a 340-mm telephoto shot of the eclipsed sun itself, properly aligned and scaled. Stoked to be working on this joint project with @BabakTafreshi … and with a huge thanks to Fraser and the team at @UniverseToday…! Partial phases:
Nikon D700
Nikkor 24 mm f/2.8 prime
400 ISO
f/4.0
1/400 sec
Images blended every 5 minutes apart

Totality (for foreground)
Nikon D700
Nikkor 24 mm f/2.8 prime
400 ISO
f/4.0
1/8 sec

Eclipsed sun
Nikon D800E
Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 with 1.7X teleconverter at 340 mm
400 ISO
f/4.8
1/200 sec

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The Young Crescent Moon - A young crescent moon slips behind the treeline along the north shore of Lake Superior in mid-February. Sunlight reflected from the earth, or, “Earthshine “ illuminates the part of the moon hidden from the sun. Only when the waxing crescent moon is within a day or two of the new moon can the brightness of both parts of the moon be well-exposed in a single capture without one part being too bright or dark.
Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens at 70 mm
IISO 500 | f/5.6 | 0.5 sec .
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Wrapping up a great weekend at the Frozen Photographers Annual Gathering in northern Minnesota. The skies here are as dark as they get! Here's Orion and Canis Major prominently situated over rugged Ellingson Island in Lake Superior. Later this evening a storm rolled in and dropped over 10" of snow. .
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The Plane of the Solar System

Right now you can see half of the Solar System's planets lined up in a perfect row! Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Earth form a straight line just before dawn. This is because they all orbit in the same plane. If you tilt your head to your left, can you visualize this part of the Solar System? In this image, Mars and Jupiter are at right angles to the Sun from us; Saturn is nearly opposite the Sun.
Our Moon also passed by Saturn in this morning's sky, called a conjunction in astronomy-speak. Light pollution from St-Paul-Minneapolis comes in at the lower right and, along with the light from the crescent Moon, blocks visibility of the galactic core of the Milky Way, which is right in near the center-left of this image.
These planets will stay here for some time; if you're up early check them out and enjoy the massive scale of our Solar System!

PS - In case you're wondering, Starman and the Tesla are somewhere to the left of Mars

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