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Ancient Alignments - The Great Kiva of Chaco Canyon's Pueblo Bonita is aligned with the son and the night sky. What ceremonies were conducted within these walls? A marvelous place...! .
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Bishop #CaliforniaNightscapes workshop with @mikeshawphotography from night 1...
Lots of fun, lots of learning, LOTS of great memories!
#shootyournightskies

The Supermoon did not disappoint. The wolves were out to enjoy the Supermoon too, they started to howl a minute or two before the moon was visible. #shootyournightskies #supermoon

Opposites - total color reversal at sunset looking east vs. west. Blue to pink looking east (left); orange yo blue looking west (right). .
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#sunset #color #photography #upallnight #astrophotography #nightsky #astronomy #workshop #YourNightscapeProfessor #shootyournightskies #newmexico

This is the #NorthAmerica #nebula, or #NGC7000.
It's big.
And pretty.
With much more going on than my camera could capture, but still.
WOW.
Carry on.
#GetOutLookUp
#ShootYourNightSkies
#VoiceActor

Milky Way rising over Bishop petroglyphs, California
Photo taken during pro landscape astrophotography workshop by @mikeshawphotography and @babaktafreshi
Photo: @oshindzakarian
#yournightshots #shootyournightskies #workshop #twan #twanight #nightphotography #editorial #petroglyphs

Playing With Fire - what do you do when clouds roll in to your night photography workshop? Start spinning steel wool! .......somewhere in Utah.......
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Stars shining bright above me....✨

Playing With Fire - what do you do when clouds roll in to your night photography workshop? Start spinning steel wool! .......somewhere in Utah.......
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#nightscape #twilightscapes #nightphotography #mikeshawphotography #YourNightscapeProfessor #shootyournightskies #getoutlookup #golu #night #utah #natgeo #twanight #bpsop #sciencephotolibrary #steelwoolphotography #steelwool

2017 Pre- Harvest Moon
- last night’s almost full moon; tonight we have the real deal! This was made viewing over White Bear Lake in Minnesota, one of the state’s 10,000 Lakes.
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#moon #fullmoon #harvestmoon #timelapse #video #clip #minnesota #capturemn #nightphotography #photography #workshop #travel #twilight #twilightscapes #mikeshawphotography #yournightscapeprofessor #shootyournightskies #getoutlookup #golu #astrophotography #moonrise #nikon

X9.3 Solar Flare = Northern Lights...! As an unabashed science nerd, I can tell you that the space weather data yesterday was LITERALLY off the charts. Kp of 8, Bz of -30, solar wind of > 700 km/sec….the stuff of legends. What does it mean? We got a nice display of the Aurora Borealis, seen here at Sherburne Wildlife Refuge, outside the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. The forecasts are looking good for tonight and tomorrow, too (9/8-9, 9/9-10)...! .
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Listen In! We have a new (Internet) radio show! Listen to Roger Craig Smith and myself banter about the night sky wonders you can see if you simply Get Out, Look Up!! .
http://www.brigaderadioone.org/shows/get-out-look-up/
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Totality Over the Tetons

Grand Teton National Park was a prime spot to view the total solar eclipse of 2017; aligning the eclipse with Grand Teton itself required a little pre-dawn hike up to Lake Solitude at around 9000 ft. elevation. This composite image of 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, just begins to convey the magical, eerie feeling of totality. Although I expected the lakeshore to be packed, there were only a handful of other photographers and backpackers present to share the eclipse experience. Along with the millions of others who saw the event unfold, it will forever be etched in my memory. Stoked to be working on this joint project with legendary @babaktafreshi ; equally stoked the weather conditions were so crisp!
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Beyond Surreal

Here's your view of the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 from the wilderness backcountry of Grand Teton National Park! Right in the path of totality, Grand Teton (13,770') is the tallest mountain in the park. It is the rightmost of the four peaks visible here as we look down Cascade Canyon from the northeastern shore of Lake Solitude (9035'). Mount Owen (12,928') is just to its left with Teewinot Mountain (12,325') again to its left. Crooked Thumb is the spire on the left flank of Teewinot; Crescent Arrete is the protrusion on the left ridge of Mount Owen. This image is just one of over seven thousand made as part of a joint assignment with National Geographic photographer @babaktafreshi It necessitated a 9+ mile, 2200+ ft elevation gain hike in to Lake Solitude starting at 2:00 am. My camera bag was loaded with four cameras, four tripods, solar filters, extra batteries and bear repellent spray (grizzly bears, black bears and moose roam the area). Although the skies were partly cloudy the night before and during the hike in, soon after sunrise they became crystal clear. And then........TOTALITY. The deep cobalt blue of the sky, the sun's electric corona, the shimmering pink prominences and chromosphere, the sudden temperature drop and accompanying winds; all of it left me utterly in awe. What an adventure. How about you....what did you see? And there will be many more images and stories to follow...! #Eclipse2017 #GrandTeton #YourNightscapeProfessor #ShootYourNightSkies #TWAN #Eclipse2024 #eclipse2017 #nightscapes #mikeshawphotography #bpsop #workshop #wyoming #getoutlookup #astronomy #astrophotography #outdoors #hiking #universe #solareclipse #solareclipse2017

Perfectly chiseled petroglyphs. I wonder what stories were told here, from either thousands or hundreds of years ago. If only we knew.

Greetings from The Path of Totality...! After 13 hours and 857 miles, the Eclipsemobile has arrived in Casper, Wyoming. No matter what else happens, in some way, shape or form, the shadow of the moon will pass directly over my head and cameras on Monday, 8/21/2017...! Just need to find a suitable foreground.......... Where will you be?
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#Solareclipse2017 #ShootYourNightSkies #GetOutLookUp #eclipse2017 #astrophotography #yournightscapeprofessor #mikeshawphotography #workshop #wanderlust #nosleep #upallnight

This is the #NorthAmerica #nebula, or #NGC7000.
It's big.
And pretty.
With much more going on than my camera could capture, but still.
WOW.
Carry on.
#GetOutLookUp
#ShootYourNightSkies
#VoiceActor

Have You Made Your Test Images Yet?
Now's the time to figure out your exposure settings for your solar-filtered shots of the partial eclipse phases. #solareclipse #eclipse #eclipse2017 #shootyournightskies #getoutlookup #yournightscapeprofessor #photography #exposure

The more I look at this, the more I'm drawn into it. It wasn't the star trails I wanted but sometimes good things can come from mistakes. I couldn't ask for a better foreground than this ancient bristlecone.

Slightly cropped by Instagram, but loving panoramas of the milky way. I wish we were more conscious of light polution so that we can see this beauty every night. It was a busy workshop, something for everyone as you can see - from light painting to time lapse to pano.

Check out this AMAZING image from my friends and colleague @babaktafreshi - from our annual #CaliforniaNightscapes workshop. A pleasure and honor to bring this class to you again in 2018 - you should join us!
http://mikeshawphotography.com/2018workshops/cn2018/ .
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#twan #dreamview #mikeshawphotography #photography #workshop #sierra #milkyway #astrophotography #nightscape #wanderlust #photoofthenight #YourNightscapeProfessor #shootyournightskies #getoutlookup #upallnight #nosleep

Just wrapped up another Santa Monica Mountains Nightscapes in #LosAngeles; perfect conditions! No fog; clear, dark skies and some fun light painting tools brought along by one of my students. This image was made as a composite of three images with different light painted sections. The blue dots were made as I flashed a light downwards as I walked away from the cameras; the orange light at the end was made simply by holding the light downwards. I put my camera on interval timer shooting to collect these images while the students were shooting. We're right in the thick of prime viewing season for the #MilkyWay, let me know if you catch a glimpse - would love to see your images! .
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Cruising the Milky Way

If you keep your eye on the Milky Way, can you see that you’re standing on the side of a giant rotating planet…….? This short clip is from a sequence set up for the camera to track the Milky Way. Tracking allows the Earth to rotate underneath, revealing how it's the Earth's movement that actually causes the Milky Way to appear to move during the night. I like this view since it shows (to me at least!) how we're really sitting on the edge of space, with nothing between us and the stars except the clear gases of our atmosphere.
What do you think?

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Firelies (or lightning bugs) came out in adundance at the farm in Nebraska this time. I've never seen so many light up the field, pictures just can't capture the magic you feel. Worth the several mosquito bites I endured.

#Repost from @mikeshawphotography
Lightning Bug Season

The bioluminescent glow of fireflies, or lightning bugs, as they were called in Ohio as I was growing up, always takes my breath away. Waiting for them to begin during twilight is always a thrill…will they appear at all? Wait, there’s one! And another! And so on until the air is filled with pulsating glows of yellow-green light.
Why don’t their lights attract predators like bats? After all, you might think their glows are like the beacons of fast food chains alongside the highway at night! The answer is that they apparently (haven’t tried it myself) contain an unpleasant tasting substance that causes predators to leave them alone.

In case you’re interested in trying this out yourself, it’s easy. I simply combined 150 constituent frames in StarStax, a free software program that only blends the lighter portions of successive images. Each constituent image was made at ISO 4000, f/7.1 and with a 5 second shutter speed using a 60 mm focal length lens. And of course each image was made from the same tripod position using a locked remote shutter release with my camera set to continuous shooting.

Want to see them for yourself? Now is the time to enjoy them while they’re still in season, just get outside and wait, just after sunset
#nosleep #upallnight #twan #shootyournightskies #firefly #lightningbugs #nightsky #nightphoto #nightscape #nightphotography #astrophotography #YourNightscapeProfessor #capturemn #midwest #midwestphotographer

"Tufa ghosts"

Tufa is a variety of limestone formed when carbonate minerals precipitate out of ambient temperature water. Geothermally heated hot springs sometimes produce similar (but less porous) carbonate deposits known as travertine. Tufa is sometimes referred to as (meteogene) travertine (Allen Pentcost). It should not be confused with hot spring (thermogene) travertine. However, Mono Lake's tufa is thermogene, according to Pentecost. Tufa, which is calcareous, should not be confused with tuff, a porous volcanic rock with a similar etymology that is sometimes also called "tufa". Photo: @oshindzakarian
30 second exposure using Canon 6D at Iso 4000. Fish eye 15mm at f:2.8

During the short exposure some fellow photographers passed through the foreground.

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Lightning Bug Season

The bioluminescent glow of fireflies, or lightning bugs, as they were called in Ohio as I was growing up, always takes my breath away. Waiting for them to begin during twilight is always a thrill…will they appear at all? Wait, there’s one! And another! And so on until the air is filled with pulsating glows of yellow-green light.
Why don’t their lights attract predators like bats? After all, you might think their glows are like the beacons of fast food chains alongside the highway at night! The answer is that they apparently (haven’t tried it myself) contain an unpleasant tasting substance that causes predators to leave them alone.

In case you’re interested in trying this out yourself, it’s easy. I simply combined 150 constituent frames in StarStax, a free software program that only blends the lighter portions of successive images. Each constituent image was made at ISO 4000, f/7.1 and with a 5 second shutter speed using a 60 mm focal length lens. And of course each image was made from the same tripod position using a locked remote shutter release with my camera set to continuous shooting.

Want to see them for yourself? Now is the time to enjoy them while they’re still in season, just get outside and wait, just after sunset!
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#nosleep #upallnight #twan #shootyournightskies #firefly #lightningbugs #nightsky #nightphoto #nightscape #nightphotography #astrophotography #YourNightscapeProfessor #capturemn #midwest #midwestphotographer

I love when strangers come together and work as one team, following one shared passion. The trail was dark and narrow, steep with loose rocks. After a couple frustrated moments, we came up with a communication system to coordinate our lighting and shots. We were all able to share and capture this beauty. Grateful to experience this community.

The Blue Hour, a magical ~10-40 min when dusk gives way to dawn. The milky way slowly fades as the sun prepares to rise. An unexpected all-nighter at Mono Lake.

Glitter in the sky. It was as if someone threw a glitter bottle up in the air and they all just hung there.

The bristlecone pine is one of the oldest known individual species, with the oldest more than 5,000 years old. Loved how we were able to learn astrophotography in such an amazing place, full of grace and beauty. So much respect for nature with a view like this. And what a phenomenal nightscape workshop with the best, @mikeshawphotography and @babaktafreshi.

Cresent Moon setting over Bishop horizon.
The smoke in the horizon is due to fire in the forest.
Photo: @oshindzakarian
#shootyournightskies #workshop #yournightsky #editorial #moon #cresent #horizon #bishopcity #ig_photooftheday #ig_cameras_united #ig_nycity #ig_shutterbugs

Glory of the MilkyWay
Spending 3 nights in Bishop erea, California
Photo: @oshindzakarian
I took this one during the landscape astrophotography workshop by @mikeshawphotography and @babaktafreshi
#natgeo #natgeotravel #oshindzakarian #editorial #astronomy #milkyway #americathebeautiful #blackandwhite #shootyournightskies #workshop #milkywaychasers

Mono Lake (/ˈmoʊnoʊ/ MOH-noh) is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in an endorheic basin. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline.
Photo: @oshindzakarian
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Scouting a good location for tonight's thin crescent Moon.
Photo: @oshindzakarian
#oshindzakarian #shootyournightskies #workshop #ca #bishop #clouds #cloudyday

Bishop #CaliforniaNightscapes workshop with @mikeshawphotography from night 1...
Lots of fun, lots of learning, LOTS of great memories!
#shootyournightskies

Milky Way rising over Bishop petroglyphs, California
Photo taken during pro landscape astrophotography workshop by @mikeshawphotography and @babaktafreshi
Photo: @oshindzakarian
#yournightshots #shootyournightskies #workshop #twan #twanight #nightphotography #editorial #petroglyphs

Opposites - total color reversal at sunset looking east vs. west. Blue to pink looking east (left); orange yo blue looking west (right). .
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#sunset #color #photography #upallnight #astrophotography #nightsky #astronomy #workshop #YourNightscapeProfessor #shootyournightskies #newmexico

Mystery of the Full Moon

The full moon always seems so mysterious, and yet it beckons....onwards, into the night. Bright enough no flashlights needed, yet dim enough to see the stars. Just magical!
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Deep Milky Way - Spent last week camping and imaging the night skies in New Mexico's backcountry wilderness. So much beauty to take in...sometimes it helps to just slow down and observe. Do you ever have days like that?
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Aligned with the Stars

Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds some of finest Ancestral Puebloan architecture in North America. Wouldn’t it be amazing to zip back in time to participate in life within these walls? Many of these structures, built during the 9th and 13 centuries, were constructed to align perfectly with the cardinal directions. It’s also one of the darkest sites to observe the night skies. Here is the Great House showing its alignment with true north, or the center of these star trails, with the setting moon gently illuminating the foreground. — with Kirsten Shaw at Chaco Canyon National Historic Park.
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Join us...! Here's your chance to meet and spend three days and nights with the legendary Babak A. Tafreshi, Director and Founder of The World At Night (TWAN) and National Geographic Photographer...!
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Friday night lights...! Great start to this weekends Nightscape and Timelapse Astrophotography Workshop - from last night; the students were pleased, as was the instructor!!!
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