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Wind spiraled around this cirque while the lake froze, trapping waves at their crest.

The ice was only about 2 inches thick, but my friend assured me that it was enough to hold us. I wasn't so sure though when pings and other noises like sonar started echoing under us. Then my friend slipped and cracked the ice and his head. Luckily, the ice didn't give!

This is a composite of 7 f 2.8 exposures. Like my previous aurora image, this is one exposure for the aurora and mountains and 6 at different focal points for the foreground blended in post.

Copyright Colin H. Sillerud
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One of many shots from the last days... On this trip i was followed by a journalist making a feature on me and my photography... We got lucky...
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First off, sorry to all of my groups, each of my watchers, and everyone I follow. I have been extremely busy in other areas of my life so I have not been able to keep up on DA. Hopefully I will have more time in the future.

However, here is some new work!

An epic spot I found on the Grand Canyon. The road was about gone so I imagine it's been years since anyone has visited. However, to break the peace, helicopters provided reminders of man every 15 minutes. I made it a point to pretend to go to the bathroom for every flight.

I shot the foreground 20 min prior to the sky because it was too windy to do a ~4 min exposure at f9 when the Milky Way was out.

Also, the sky is blue rather than black because this was literally the first moment that the Milky Way was visible. So a hint of the setting sun remained to color the dust in the air.

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A sunrise shot from my first morning visiting Yosemite National Park. A beautiful place! The grandeur is amazing! I hope to make it back sometime soon. Thanks for taking a look.
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Light bleeds around winding corners as the Tiger stalks. A growl, a roar, cascades over rocks and into my ears biting my curiosity. Danger be damned, I will follow. I will roar!

Over 4x normal flow in Zion's Narrows meant a full body dry suit. 4 times I was in water to my armpits. I had to balance my backpack on my head while I held the neck seal open to let air escape to keep from turning into a balloon and floating away.

Resubmission. I realized that I went way over board with the saturation the first go round.

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I hadn't light painted in ages so this is a bit rough, but the Milky Way was so explosive I had to exhibit it.

Foreground is one pass with a 5500 degree CT head lamp, then once with a red filter on the lamp. Milky Way is 30s at 4000 iso, 2.8.

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"Celestine Prophecy II"

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Where to start with this image. This is one of my favorite locations on the island and hadnt been here in well over a year...wtf. With some free time on Saturday I was debating between 2 locations for sunset and ended here. While hiking down the trail I was thinking with the clear skies it would be fun to try a technique I've been meaning to give a whirl...combing one exposure for the landscape while being able to see the stars.

Taking out my fancy phone and using Star Walk I was able to find that the Milky Way would be in this approximate position just after sunset. So composed, set my exposure and waiting for the light to drop low enough to get the first shot...then wait...and wait. Finally got dark enough to get a shot of the stars but the Milky Way wasnt far enough over! Rats. Spent the next 90 min or so waiting for the 'cloud' to move across the sky in to my composition. While taking the exposure I thought it might be fun to immediately tilt up and take another to possible blend in to make a pano. The Milky Way was arching over the entire sky but alas couldnt get it all :P

The processing involved is kinda ridiculous and took me a while. The trick is to get the landscape image to look as night timey as possible. Blending them together was just a massive PITA and it's not perfect...but definitely printable...LARGE!

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Alice Lake, Sawtooth National Recreation Area - ID.
Cropped. Tone Curve. Saturation.

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Image taken on September 20th 2011.
The waterfall portrayed in this photo is located on the plateau Nivolet (2.612 m), in the Gran Paradiso National Park, and remains exactly aligned with the Punta Basei. Therefore, when the Milky Way falls on the glacier Basei it's usually also well aligned with the top of this waterfall.

Shoot taken after climbing half waterfall in the dark, for a correct perspective... it goes without saying, but obviously the mere part of taking the shot was indeed the easiest part of the job :-)

The title has a specific meaning... I am deply fascinated by the sense of continuum between space and earth. I've spent years wandering at night through the mountains and I've seen many times scenes like this one.
The sense of wonder is always infinite, you just feel as beeing in touch with a great organic whole.

As usual in night/astro photographic technique, this photo is obtained by combining two exposures: a long one at low ISO for the landscape, in order to preserve details and best high definition print quality, plus a second one of about thirty seconds at high ISO for the cosmos, any longer exposure would have resulted in beginning star trails.
(Obviously it's all manual focusing, tripod, mirror lock up, remote shutter release).
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The Zion moon sets in the grasp of dawn-lit sandstone fingers. The river floods from early winter snows. My feet are soaked. Guess thatís what happens when you stand in the river for a photograph.
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