NightScaper - Royce Bair
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Featuring earth’s best NightScape photos, including some of my own. Tag #NightScaper - Join our Facebook group:

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presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @kevinroylancephotography . Airglow Insanity ~ Ritzville, Washington, USA. SWIPE left to see full pano. Congratulations to Kevin Roylance. “The night I fell in love with air glow,” says Kevin. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - MORE from Royce: Old buildings are a popular subject for this Moses Lake, Washington photographer, who has only been doing astro-landscape photography for about 3 years! - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: 16-shot panorama • Nikon D750 + Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E VR, @ 24mm • f/2.8, ISO 6400, 20 seconds • taken on @TheGreatMilkyWayChase 06-15-2018. - LINKS: kevinroylance.com/ FB.com/kevin.roylance . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway_nightscapes #milkyway #nightphotography #nightscape #nightscapes #starrynight #starrysky #starscape #starphotography #stargazing #underthestars #airglow #timelessuniverse #universetoday #fantastic_universe #milkywaygalaxy #milkywaypics #milkywaychasers #milkywaygrams #universe_dope #universe #galaxy #oldbuildings #oldbuilding #centralwashington #moseslake

presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @maurocirigliano . THE WAY ~ Teide National Park [Canary Islands]. Congratulations to Mauro Cirigliano. “Have you ever seen a milky way like this? Well, amazing things happen under the skies of Tenerife! I found a very special corner in the Teide National Park and I decided to make just this shot. I had the appointment with the galaxy for some time, those who follow me will know that in my shots programming is the basis of everything,” says Mauro. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - MORE from Mauro: This time, in particular, it was quite meticulous to be able to capture the milky way in the right position and in correspondence of the path, creating a diagonal inside the shot. To make the night even more magical, were the amazing weather conditions and the consequent high astronomical visibility that allowed me to capture the Zeta Ophiuchi nebula! A shot that mother nature has allowed me to achieve in the best way! - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Tracked & Blended • Nikon D750 + Samyang 12mm • 240 sec, f/4, ISO 3200 [sky] • 180 sec, f/3.5 , ISO 6400 [foreground]. - LINKS: 500px.com/maurocirigliano viewbug.com/member/maurocirigliano m.facebook.com/ciriglianomauro . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway_nightscapes #milkyway #nightphotography #nightscape #nightscapes #nightphotography #nightsky #nightshooters #astrophoto #astro_photography #milkywaypics #milkywaychasers #amazing_longexpo #longexposureshots #starscape #photographynature #ig_worldclub #ig_canarias #teidenationalpark #teide #teidelover #elteide #mountteide #teidevolcano #tenerife #canaryislands #canarias #islascanarias

BLACK FRIDAY eBOOK SALE. Now thru next Friday. - Here’s a single exposure I took last May on the edge of the Escalante Grand Staircase region of Utah, using the stationary @LowLevelLighting techniques I pioneered in my eBook and freely demonstrate with co-host @Wayne_Pinkston on our public service website www.LowLevelLighting.org. - NOTE: Although our LLL website demonstrates the science and equipment behind LLL lighting, it does not teach you HOW to light. My @MilkyWay_NightScapes eBook does that. - My 140 page eBook has much more to teach you: 1. Planning and Scouting, 2. Shooting NightScapes (astro-landscapes), 3. Lighting the Foreground (using starlight, moonlight, and artificial light), and 4. Post Processing. - 25% OFF SALE: here’s your chance to get $5 off my eBook —considered by thousands of purchasers to be the “Bible” of NightScape photography. Just go to @MilkyWay_NightScapes, use the website link in the profile and enter the Discount Code TWAN at checkout. - #milkyway_nightscapes #milkyway #nightphotography #nightscape #nightscapes #utahisrad #utahgram #igutah #wowutah #visitutah #werutah #beautahful #exploreutah

presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @udokieslich . Starry Starry Night ~ Cederberg, in the Western Cape, South Africa. Congratulations to Udo Kieslich. “What a cool surprise! Last month, this Milky Way pic won 1st prize in one of the IPA 2018 Nature category awards! The two puffy clouds to the right of the Milky Way are the Large Magellanic Cloud and its neighbour and relative, the Small Magellanic Cloud,” says Udo. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: A Blend - The foreground was photographed separately after sunset, to obtain a deeper depth of field, and a torch was used to paint in the rocks in the foreground. The sky was then layered with the foreground in Photoshop • Nikon D850 with Sigma 14mm f/1.8 • Sky - f2.8, 10 sec, ISO 6400 • Foreground - f/11, 242 sec, ISO 64. - LINKS: pictureplayground.co.za FB.com/pictureplaygroundgallery . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway_nightscapes #milkyway #nightphotography #nightscape #nightscapes #meetsouthafrica #ig_nightphotography #astrophotography #universetoday #fs_longexpo #longexpoelite #rsa_night #starrynight #milkywaygalaxy #stargazing #skymasters #main_vision #landscape_captures #awesome_earthpix #natureaddict #rsa_rural #awesomeearth #nature_wizards #earth_deluxe #milkywaychasers #thisissouthafrica #cameramasters #night_excl

BLACK FRIDAY eBOOK SALE - this Friday thru next Friday. - Here’s a single exposure I took in the White Pocket region of northern Arizona, using the stationary @LowLevelLighting techniques I pioneered in my eBook and freely demonstrate with co-host @Wayne_Pinkston on our public service website www.LowLevelLighting.org. - NOTE: Although our LLL website demonstrates the science and equipment behind LLL lighting, it does not teach you HOW to light. My @MilkyWay_NightScapes eBook does that. - My 140 page eBook has much more to teach you: 1. Planning and Scouting, 2. Shooting NightScapes (astro-landscapes), 3. Lighting the Foreground (using starlight, moonlight, and artificial light), and 4. Post Processing. - 25% OFF SALE: here’s your chance to get $5 off my eBook—considered by thousands of purchasers to be the “Bible” of NightScape photography. Just go to @MilkyWay_NightScapes, use the website link in the bio and enter the Discount Code TWAN at checkout. - #milkyway_nightscapes #milkyway #nightphotography #nightscape #nightscapes #nighscaper

presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @fascinatingimagery . Star trails over the best subject and with the best night sky one could wish for. Congratulations to Anees Khan Tareen. "A few days ago @rizi_the_photographer and I travelled for 6 hours all the way to this place, one way! Now, I can say every second of this trip was worth it. When I told my house mate about this trip and he said we were crazy to go that far only for one photo. Upon reaching this farm we found that it's private property. But huge thanks to owner who allowed us and also to Rizi for lending me his camera, as my camera is in the hospital,” says Anees. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Composite (480 shots merged for star trails from another frame at same location) • Canon 6D with Tamron 15-30mm • ISO 6400 for barn (ISO 3200 for stars), f/2.8, 30 seconds. Processing: I used to use Starstax and Startrails, but I like Photoshop the best. I brought in all photos as layers then changed the blend mode from normal to lighten. In the camera, I underexpose the stars so they retain their colors, then I bump the saturation a little. - LINKS: fascinatingimagery.com twitter.com/fascinatngimage FB.com/fascinating.imagery . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway_nightscapes #milkyway #nightphotography #nightscape #nightscapes #focusaustralia #nightsky #startrails #ig_worldclub_astrophotography #aussie_images #australiagram #fascinatingimagery #tamronaustralia #ig_australia @canonaustralia @tamronaus @igworldclub_astrophotography @australiagram @australia @wow_australia #amazing_longexpo #amazing_longexposure #longexposure #longexpohunter #longexposurephotography #longexposure_shots #longexpoelite #longexposureshots #longexpo #lazyshutters #fs_longexpo #longexposureoftheday #longexpo_addiction

Redfish Lake, near Stanley, Idaho. Love how the Sawtooth Mountains rake the Milky Way! I’ve been so busy with the @NightScaperConference that I haven’t had much time to process my own backlog of nightscapes until now! I shot this in late August, and there was quite a bit of smoke in the area due to the California wildfires, but it helps make for colorful skies. - We were here celebrating our wedding anniversary—this is where my wife and I had our honeymoon many years ago, so it brought back some fond memories. - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Stacked & Blended • Canon 6D modified with 24mm lens • f/2.8, ISO 8000 • Sky: 8 stacked exposures @ 13 sec each to reduce noise • Blended with a foreground stack of 8 exposures @ 30 sec each to reduce noise (the longer exposure produces a brighter water reflection, and I could care little about star movement in the water reflection, as the water naturally elongates the stars anyway) • Processed with Starry Landscape Stacker, followed by layer blends of the sky and foreground in Photoshop. - REDFISH LAKE is named for the brilliant sockeye salmon that once returned from the Pacific Ocean in such massive quantities that the lake shimmered red during spawning season. Currently, only a small percentage of the wild sockeye succeed in making through the several hydroelectric dams along their route back to the lake to spawn . .

presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @miyasaka_masahiro . SINGLE EXPOSURES: Frosted Leaf Galaxy > Dandelion galaxy > Milky Way Lilium japonicum (SWIPE left to see all 3). Which one do you like best? Congratulations to Masahiro Miyasaka. YES, these are all single exposures! Read the TECHNIQUE below to learn how to get this much DOF in only one exposure. - MORE from Royce: I first discovered Masahiro’s amazing work back in 2010 when this leaf photo appeared on the @nasa_apod for 2010 Nov 17. - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Single exposure • Canon 5D MarkII • SIGMA 15mm F2.8 EX DG FISHEYE • ISO 4000, F/2.8, 30 sec for sky (using Bulb mode and infinity focus), keep shutter open and quickly cover lens with lens cap, change aperture to f/22, uncap lens and give additional exposure (about 18 sec) for foreground lit by LED, close shutter. - This technique is detailed further (using an electronic flash to light the foreground) on page 111 in my @MilkyWay_NightScapes eBook. To get both the sky and the closeup object in focus (with longer focal length lenses), you will need to focus twice—all during one exposure. Here’s the complete procedure: - 1. Prefocus for your closeup object and mark it on the lens barrel, then return to your preset infinity mark. - 2. Set up your strobe above your foreground subject and predetermine your exposure (i.e. using a manual, 1/32 power for f/16 @ ISO 6400). - 3. Using “bulb” mode, open shutter and expose for sky (i.e. f/2.8, 25 seconds, for ISO 6400). - 4. With the shutter still open, place the lens cap on the lens, at the end of the night sky exposure (i.e. at the end of 25 seconds). Instead of a lens cap, you can put a black lens bag over the front half of the lens. - 5. You can now use a dim flashlight to change focus for the closeup object (rotate to preset closeup focus mark), and change to the predetermined strobe aperture (i.e. f/16). Shut off your flashlight. - 6. Take off lens cap or black bag and fire strobe (I use a radio trigger for the strobe). - 7. Close the shutter. You’ve now done a two-stage focus stack, all in one exposure! - LINKS: flickr.com/photos/43894176@N07/ . .

presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @skyglowproject . YIKÁÍSDÁHÁ - Diné for Milky Way or "That Which Awaits the Dawn" — Shot on Navajo Nation for SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM. Congratulations to Harun Mehmedinović and Gavin Heffernan (@gbheffernan) — the two timelapse photographers who conceived and produced the amazing Skyglow project that has helped to heighten light pollution awareness around the world. Follow the link in their bio for more amazing photos and videos. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - MORE from Royce: I spent this past weekend at the International Dark-Sky Association (@idadarksky) annual general meeting held at Snowbird, Utah. Meeting Harun and Gavin was one of the featured highlights of the meeting, which was also held in association with ALAN (ArtificialLightAtNight.org). - SKYGLOW is an ongoing crowdfunded project spanning 150,000 miles and 3,000,000 pictures taken, which explores North America’s remaining magnificent night skies and the grave threat of light pollution to our fragile environment. SKYGLOW journeys through the history and mythology of celestial observation, the proliferation of electrical outdoor lighting that spurred the rise of the phenomena known as "skyglow,” and the Dark Sky Movement that's fighting to reclaim the night skies . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . #stars #grandcanyon #arizona #cosmos #arizonacollective #nationalparkservice #nationalpark #beon12 #nightsky #darksky #lightpollution #cosmos #stars #nightimages #nightshooters #astro_photography #longexpohunter #amazingearth #natgeospace #longexpo #amazing_longexpo #instagramaz #weownthenight #navajo #navajonation @navajotimes

presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @skyglowproject . Planet Earth. Congratulations to Harun Mehmedinović and Gavin Heffernan (@gbheffernan) — the two timelapse photographers who conceived and produced the amazing Skyglow project that has helped to heighten light pollution awareness around the world. Follow the link in their bio for more amazing photos and videos. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - MORE from Royce: I spent this past weekend at the International Dark-Sky Association (@idadarksky) annual general meeting held at Snowbird, Utah. Meeting Harun and Gavin was one of the featured highlights of the meeting, which was also held in association with ALAN (ArtificialLightAtNight.org). - SKYGLOW is an ongoing crowdfunded project spanning 150,000 miles and 3,000,000 pictures taken, which explores North America’s remaining magnificent night skies and the grave threat of light pollution to our fragile environment. SKYGLOW journeys through the history and mythology of celestial observation, the proliferation of electrical outdoor lighting that spurred the rise of the phenomena known as "skyglow,” and the Dark Sky Movement that's fighting to reclaim the night skies . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway_nightscapes #milkyway #nightphotography #nightscape #nightscapes #lightpollution #natgeospace #ig_nightphotography #intothenight #nightscapephotography #night_shooterz #nightshot #nightsky #nightshooters #nightpics #nightphoto #night_excl #nightphotography_exclusive #nightimages #weownthenight_ig #supreme_nightshots #nightview #nightsofwonder #rsa_night #nightskyphotography #igpodium_night #nightphotographypros #weownthenight

. . The NightScaper Conference is SOLD OUT! - Looking forward to meeting all 150 of you in Moab, come May 2019! Thanks for the amazing response (we sold out in just 34 days)! No advertising, just social media buzz. - WAITING LIST: Go to @nightscaperconference, follow the link in the bio, go to the RSVP page, and there's a waiting list email link at the bottom of the page . .

presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @skingshots . Old car in Joshua Tree NP, California. Congratulations to Sam King. "I always see crazy talented people posting images of our galaxy with an old car in the foreground, and it's been a bucket list goal of mine to do the same. Well, here we go! It's all downhill from here,” says Sam. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - MORE from Royce: Notice anything strange about Milky Way sky in this image? It’s backwards! I asked Sam about this, and he said: “The sky was shot at Cottonwood Campground and the foreground was at Wall St Mill just after sunset. I flipped the MW by choice because of the light pollution.” Funny thing: Sam received 42 comments on Facebook and IG, and not a single person questioned the MW orientation! - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Tracked / Stacked / Composite/Blend (“While my camera can’t handle clean single image milky way photos, compositing the sky and foreground really helps me be able to print my stuff.”) • Sony a6000 • Sky: 4 tracked (Skywatcher SA) and median stacked exposures with a Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 @ 360 sec, f/3.5 ISO 640 • Foreground shot with a 50mm just after sunset. - LINKS: droptheone.com FB.com/samkingbass . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway_nightscapes #milkyway #nightphotography #nightscape #nightscapes #timelessuniverse #universetoday #fantastic_universe #milkywaygalaxy #milkywaypics #milkywaychasers #milkywaygrams #universe_dope #universe #galaxy #cosmos #joshuatreenationalpark #abandoncars #rustycars #rustycar #nightsofwonder #rsa_night #nightskyphotography #igpodium_night #nightphotographypros #weownthenight #addicted_to_nights #night_shots_