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Pedernales Star Trails

In Astrophotography, Learning Center, Show and Tell, Tips and tricks, Travel by jfischer1 Comment

While I have been lucky enough to have a couple opportunities to photograph the Milky Way during my photographic travels over the last couple years, there was one type of wide field Astrophotography which I had yet to try.  Capturing the movement of the stars requires more planning and a lot more time to photograph than a still of the Milky Way, though the requirements for equipment can actually be a bit lower.  For the Milky Way, every second that passes causes the undesired effect of star movement, meaning that …

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Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

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Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is best known as a wildlife destination.  It’s seasonal migrations of birds ranging from thousands of snow geese to flights of song birds are the real reason the Refuge exists.  And for a wildlife photographer in the North Texas area, it is one of the best locations to shoot.  I’ll be the first to admit that I am not much of a wildlife photographer, not that I won’t try when the opportunity comes up, but it is by far not my primary focus nor an area …

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The PNW Chronicles: Waterfalls (Part II)

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In the last post, Waterfalls Part I, I centered the conversation around the challenges that come with photographing the unique beauty of waterfalls.  In this part I will go into more detail on the specific waterfalls I visited during my 2014 trip to the Pacific Northwest, why I chose those falls, and information on those specific locations.  While my trip started out in Seattle, the majority of my time was spent in Oregon and that is where all the waterfalls I visited are located.  While Washington has its own share of beautiful …

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The PNW Chronicles: Waterfalls (Part I)

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The Pacific Northwest is known for many natural wonders, and its abundance of flowing, cascading, and plummeting columns of water is right near the top of that list.  Any Google query for “Waterfalls” and “Pacific Northwest” is going to come up with an endless number of photos and lists of locations and descriptions.  One such list that I used when starting to put together my itinerary was “The 100 best waterfalls of the Northwest“, also relying on print material such as “Photographing Oregon” available on Amazon.  as well as specifically …

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Bass Performance Hall after Dark – Sci Fi Spectacular

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We all know what a sunset typically looks like, we all know what a grassy meadow is supposed to look like and there are only so many colors that mountains and streams come in before the question is raised if the photo is no longer in the realm of realistic.  However, when you move out of the country and into the city, and when daylight turns to night, nearly all bets are off when it comes to what looks ‘realistic’.  This was the lesson in one of the chapters of a book …

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Long Exposure Landscapes

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Photographs have the ability to not only show the world as it is – but also show the world as it would be if the eye was infinitely adaptable and controllable.  After all, that is essentially what a camera is, an eye that the photographer can control in ways to capture the world in ways well beyond what any human eye can.  From capturing the Milky Way in all of its detail and beauty, or freezing the exact moment a Great Blue Heron snatches a fish from the shallows, or …