Sloan’s Lake and I25 Light Trails

Another fun night with the Denver Night Photo Walk Community, aka the Denver Nightcrawlers. We started out at Sloan’s Lake Park hoping for a nice sunset with the skyline in the distance and maybe a reflection or two. Then a little playing with glow-sticks and steel wool for interesting light effects. While the majority headed off to photograph the nearby neighborhood and a few libations, a couple of us headed north to try for some light trails into Denver. Oh, and throw in one from a rain out at Coors Field, Cubs in town!

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Milky Way Season Begins

It was a cold February night/morning for our trek down to Eleven Mile Canyon State Park and Reservoir, but the location was ideal to capture the first Milky Way images of the season with a new moon night. We had enough time to capture images from both sides of the lake despite the galaxy not rising until 3:30 am.

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Beaver Moon Over Denver

Beaver Moon

The super moon that occurred mid November, 2016 is often referred to as the Beaver Moon. According to the Farmers Almanac:

 This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

This is the closest the moon has come to earth in over 70 years, according to NASA and won’t happen again until 2034. We took advantage of fairly clear skies to shoot it both from Red Rocks Amphitheater and a couple locations near downtown Denver.

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Monument Arch Kansas

Monument Arch Kansas

On the plains of western Kansas, about 20 miles south of the Oakley exit on I70, stands the most incongruous rock formations that one would expect to see in this land of rolling fields and wide open spaces. Located on private land, the owners do allow visitors from sunrise to sunset to view these unique formations.

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RMNP Night Views

A Night at Rocky Mountain National Park

Five adventurous photographers spent a recent night scrambling around Rocky Mountain National Park for fun. From capturing sunset at Bear Lake to dawn at Dream Lake, we were able to experiment with new techniques (for some) and wander to areas of the park we don’t normally see. (finding Lake Irene as we walked right past it in the dead of night without even seeing it.)

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Milky Way Over Lake George

Milky Way Night

First trip out to 11 Mile Reservoir/Lake George, Co to capture some Milky Way. A clear cold night with a bit of humidity didn’t preclude the capture of some interesting images. While waiting for the Milky Way to rise, again we played with star trails.

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Milky Way Over Paint Mines

Milky Way Season Debuts!

Saturday, April 2, 2016, we officially kicked off the Milky Way hunters photography season.  An all night trip to the Paint Mines Interpretive Park, near Calhan, Co, yielded some interesting results. While not as agile as the other two shooters, I was able to scramble up and down to some interesting viewpoints. Even experimented with some new techniques and equipment for some very long exposure shots.

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Midnight Skies

Midnight Skies

While the Christmas full moon was obscured by clouds, the late night/early morning hours of 12/26-27 were fairly clear and provided good light over the area.

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July Night Skies

Milky Way over Roxborough

The night skies this July during the old to new moon period of the month were, for the  most part, clear enough to grab some decent images of the Milky Way over Roxborough Park. As a general rule, when shooting the sky and stars, I start at 800 iso, around 20 seconds, f2.8 with a Rokinon 14mm lens. I tweak the time and ISO as needed to get the effect or exposure I want. A bi to light painting is usually done to bring out the foreground a bit. Post processing is done in LR6CC.

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Colorado Camping

Colorado Camping

I took a few days to explore a bit of south central Colorado. My destination was Westcliffe, Co because of its “dark sky” designation and the lunar calendar for the week – new moon time! The objective was to try out some new gear and get some Milky Way shots in a dark sky environment.

There was a slight detour as an old kidney stone decided to travel also on the ride down. Ended up back in Pueblo for a quick ER visit (Thanks St Mary’s for good, prompt treatment). Rather than head back to Westcliffe, I checked into the campground at Lake Pueblo. The overcast skies cleared enough around 1:00am to grab a few shots.

The next morning I headed for the mountains and after a bit of exploring settled on Lake DeWeese as a campsite (free). Waterside, picnic tables, and easily accessible. The late afternoon and early evening rain caused some concern about shooting that night. Waking up around 3:00am found enough clear skies to capture a few images. Not the spectacular ones I had in mind, but worth the effort.

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Milky Way over Roxborough State Park

Milky Way Photography

Caught a good night to shoot some stars over Roxborough State Park this weekend. For being this close to Denver, I was pleased with the captures. Several of the later captures were from Guanella Pass and roadside near Evergreen.

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