Last night I had the opportunity to reconnect with an old family friend. He was granted permission to be at The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadeloupe in La Crosse after hours to be able to experiment with his new astrophotography camera. When he invited me to tag along to reconnect and shoot together I was more than excited. While doing so we shared stories, talked about faith and traded photography tips. This is one of the images I created and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It’s something I normally don’t post and a style I normally don’t shoot - but that is what I love about photography. There are so many ways to learn and grow and develop your own style. And last night was a great example of growth and trying new things. I look forward to the next time I get to meet up with Fr. James and try some new stuff. Hopefully next time I can better narrow in on the Milky Way... Or the Andromeda Galaxy. .
New Website and Prints Available - Follow the Link in my Bio
I’m glad to announce that I finally created a website and have prints available to purchase. The website has my portfolio and all of my images available to view in high resolution. It also has some iPhone wallpapers that you can download. ———————————————————
The above photo and many others are now available to buy. Prints are available on either paper or metal. If you’re looking for some nice ready-to-hang wall art, then a metal print may be for you. The metal prints are vibrant, have great contrast, and excellent luminance. I think they are far superior to paper prints for many images. I tried my best to make the prices reasonable and it should be easy to order through the website.
Stop by and check out the site if you’re interested and tell me what you think. I think it looks pretty nice but I’m open to suggestions and feedback.
Let's learn some facts about our galaxy, Milky Way 💫 .
Milky Way has a solar mass of 1.5 x 10e12. Solar mass is the unit of mass to measure large objects in space. It is equal to 2 x 10e30 kg. The solar mass unit comes from the mass of our sun🌞. Milky Way galaxy has a diameter of 150,000 - 200,000 light years😮. It is estimated to contain 200 billion stars just like the sun or even much much bigger!
(2/3) For 2019 I decided to start a new photo project. The goal was to stop the posting of my photography on social media. The purpose was to eliminate the influence on my photos - by knowing that they would never be posted for the public eye, I would only be taking photos for myself and no one else. This goal for 2019 was to continue taking photographs in new places, of our travel and adventures, and, knowing I would never share those photos, only create the images I wanted.
It's not quite the end of the year but I've done well with my goal so far. Today is World Photography day and @SonyAlpha posted an amazing video in celebration. The video’s direction is the very antithesis of the goal for ALL of my photography for this entire year of 2019. But I have to say it moved me. This year already, I have created photographs I am proud of. Photographs I never intended to share – ever. Images that had no outside influence other than my desire to create something of which I would enjoy the whole process and molding the final product.
But the feeling from the images in the video, the script, just really moved me to the point of needing to share these photos.
I feel like I’ve achieved what I needed to during this respite, a time to go away and find my creative process. I have three favorites I've taken recently and in honor of this World Photography day I feel like they're worth sharing as part of my thank you to @CurtisMorgan for directing and @SonyAlpha for producing such an inspiring piece of content. You convinced me the world is waiting for my perspective.
Go watch it and feel your inner drive be inspired: “BE ALPHA | The World is Waiting for Your Perspective”
Where I was for the last week.
What does art mean to you?
What does it mean to do better?
What does community mean to you?
How are you using your energy?
Are you destroying or are you creating?
How are you feeling?
Got about an hour and half of clear sky tonight so here is the result! The bright star is Sadr (gamma Cygni) in the constellation Cygnus. Lots of glowing nebulosity in this rich part of the Milky Way. Sadr is a yellow supergiant star about 1,800 light-years away.
Nikon D90, ISO800 on the 80mm refractor. Mostly 3 minute subs with calibration frames applied.
Yellowstone geyser pool (swipe for full image). Congratulations to Bryony Richards. “It turns out that shooting at Yellowstone is difficult. Many of you are probably way ahead of me and thinking - there's a lot of steam, and you'd be right. I however didn't think that issue through until I was standing, drenched by a steamy geyser listening to the ambient noise of bears. Anyway, I decided steamy or not to try a tracked photo and this one came out (to my surprise) OK so I thought I would share it, says Bry. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery.
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TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Tracked (composite foreground and sky) • Sony a7riii + 24 mm f/1.4 GM lens • Foreground - Four stitched images, untracked at f/1.4, ISO 800, 3 minutes • Sky - Four stitched images, tracked at f1.8, ISO800, 3 minutes.
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