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Milky Way – Acadia NP

Milky Way – Sand Beach, Acadia NP

Aug 24, 2019 – we had just finished lunch and looked at the forecast. Clear night in Acadia – and perfect as the moon would not be visible during the time when the Milky Way core would be visible. We quickly grabbed our cameras, tripods and some snacks, and drove the 5 1/2 hours to Acadia.

We got to Bar Harbor and went straight to Sand Beach. Sand Beach is a location I had never shot the Milky Way from. My typical locations have been Boulder Beach looking out toward Otter Cliffs, or over one of the ponds. Sand beach did not disappoint.

Camera – Panasonic Lumix S1R with the Sigma MC21 adaptor, Lens – Canon 16-35mm, f/2.8 Version II. Truly waiting for the L-mount Sigma 14mm to be released. Exposure triad f/2.8, 20 sec., ISO 6400.

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The Lumix GH5S in Arches NP, Utah

I took the GH5S with the Leica 8-18mm lens to the PSA Conference in the hope I would get to use it and capture some night skies.  It was mainly a bust most evenings except last night when the skies were clear.  The park is crowded with tourists even at night – and of course 30 – 40 at a time they climb out of busses and vans with bright flashlights – not a care that someone is trying to photograph the stars.

I was so happy to get a few shots that I really like.  The milky way is not ideal for this time of year but good enough to test the performance of the GH5S.  In my opinion, it gets 5 Stars.

Panasonic Lumix GH5S with the Leica 8-18. Exposure triad: F/2.8, 20 sec at ISO 1600.


Panasonic Lumix GH5S with the Leica 8-18. Exposure triad: F/2.8, 25 sec at ISO 1600.

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Yosemite and Mono Lake Workshop Day 1

After driving from San Francisco to the Yosemite Valley – our first destination was to capture “Tunnel View” at sunset.  i will be posting images that were captured by participants as I receive them.  I shill have a few spots open for the next two workshops in Acadia and the Cape.

The weather was exceptional and the clouds were perfect for photography.  The first image is a late sunset image where the light is just kissing the top of El Capitan:

Tunnel View Sunset

This second image is from the same location capturing the brilliant after glow:

Tunnel View After Glow


The flight path over the valley will ruin most images but on occasion a dissipating con trail can be an interesting feature:

Con-trail Study-2

This next image is a 20 second exposure of the “blue hour” looking left from Tunnel View:

Yosemite Valley Twilight


Before packing up and returning for dinner I decoded to shoot one more image to capture the valley and the stars.  The face of El Capitan and Half Dome show the lights from climbers headlamps as the bed down on the rock face for the night.

Tunnel View – Stars and Climbers


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