12 Favorite Photos from 2015

January

Pleiades and Comet Lovejoy

My interest in astrophotography in January of 2015 was beginning to hit a high note. I had gotten many of the technical aspects and understandings of the process down, and shortly thereafter, Comet Lovejoy made a pass right by the Pleiades. I was able to capture the shot exactly as I hoped, and was thrilled with the result.… Keep reading...

Night Photography Explored: Part 5 – Meteor Showers

Geminid Meteor Over Gros Ventre River

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III, Lens: Canon 17-40mm f/4, Aperture: f/4, ISO: 4,000, Shutter Speed: 10sec., Focal Length: 17mm

By contrast to photographing the northern lights, meteor showers are much more predictable for their peak and thus help to be easily planned out to photograph. Predicting exactly when a meteor is going to streak across the sky though is a lot like trying to predict when lightning will strike.… Keep reading...

12 Favorite Photos from 2013

January

Mountain Lion Mother and Kittens

Certainly one of the most exciting moments of the year was when I found myself sharing a trail with cougars. This was not just the first time I had ever seen wild cougars, it was the first time I had ever seen wild cats at all. The excitement I felt in the moment was overwhelming, and equally was the disappointment when they began to run away.… Keep reading...

International Dark Sky Week – How You Can Help

Comet Pan-STARRS and Night Sky

We are currently in the middle of International Dark Sky Week, initiated by the International Dark Sky Association running from April 5-11 of 2013. The purpose is to raise awareness of the increasing problem of light pollution around the globe. Most people are aware of light pollution and even poke fun at the fact of how few stars they see while at the same time reminiscing or even hoping for a chance to see a dark, night sky again.… Keep reading...

Lyrid Meteor Shower Over Oxbow Bend

Lyrid Meteor Shower Over Oxbow Bend

For those that weren’t aware, Saturday night was the peak of the Lyrid Meteor Shower. It was my last night staying up in the Jackson Lake Lodge area, so I figured I’d make the most of it and give my new Sigma 20mm f/1.8 a good test. As you can see, it works pretty well!… Keep reading...