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presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @skypointer2000 . The Magic of Night. Congratulations to Ralf Rohner. “Who needs dreams, when he can get such views in reality? I have been doing night photography for 3 years now, but I have not spent many nights in more remote places than this. Dozens of miles away from civilization, the sky is incredibly dark and, while being the only human soul far and wide might give some people the creeps, it makes me focused and helps me connect to the universe in a way I cannot do when I have company,” says Ralf. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - From ROYCE: Ralf Rohner is one of the nominees in the Night Sky Awards under the “Most Dedicated MWC of the Year” category. I highly recommend Ralf and his body of work. Please head over to @nightskychasers and VOTE for Ralf by following the link in their bio — or follow the link in our Stories. Vote for Ralf in the “Most Dedicated… category. - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: TRACKED / STACKED / BLEND • Canon EOS 6D astro modified + Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART @ f2.8 • Sky ~ 6 x 30s @ ISO6400, tracked (iOptron SkyTracker Pro), stacked • Foreground ~ 20 x 30s @ ISO6400, stacked (Low Level Lighting) . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway #nightphotography #ig_astrophotography #astro_photography_ #astrography #astro_photography #astrography_ #starrysky #starscape #starphotography #natgeospace #ig_nightphotography #intothenight #nightscape #nightscapes #nightscapephotography #night_shooterz #magic_at_night #nightshot #nightsky #rsa_night #nightskyphotography #milkywaygalaxy #milkywaypics #weownthenight #addicted_to_nights #night_shots_

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. . This is a SINGLE EXPOSURE I took in May of a barn in a little Utah farming community that lies right on the edge of the Escalante Monument. That vast, dark sky area begins only a few hundred feet behind the barn, which is why that sky is so deep and rich. - EXIF & TECHNIQUE: Canon 5DM3 + Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 @ 15mm • 15 sec, f/2.8, ISO 8000 • Low Level Lighting ~ key panel light, 400 feet from left. The owners of this old barn gave us permission to photograph it, but did not want us to enter it. I wanted light coming through the open doors, so I tossed in two dimmed-down Goal Zero Micro Lighthouse lanterns —one on either side of the open door. Attached to each of the lantern handles was fishing line, which I reeled in until the illumination looked right. - VOTE: If you like this photo, please head over to @nightskychasers and vote for ROYCE BAIR in the “Best Single Image MW Photographer” category — follow the link in their bio or in my Stories. - SINGLE EXPOSURE ADVOCATE: Although I often use tracking, pano stitching, exposure blending and exposure stacking techniques to increase image quality, I enjoy the challenge of producing the best possible nightscapes with a single shot - JUST FOR THE RECORD: I support @TracyLeePhotos and her MWC “Night Sky Awards” contest. Do I think there are flaws in the contest? Sure, but I believe the good points and greater awareness of NightScape photography far exceed the problems. Discussing those points and bringing us together as a community has been my goal. - The same can be said about Tracy. Some have hinted that her only goal with this contest has been self promotion. Yes, Tracy is a great promoter; but, I’ve seen her in the field, and her number one concern has alway been to help others, especially the nightscape beginner—herself being in that same position only a short time ago. And, look where she is now in her night photography! Maybe, someone should have nominated her as “Most Improved…” - My father often said, “There are more ways than one to skin a cat.” The contest style Tracy has chosen will not fit everyone’s needs, but many will benefit from it if they will dive in and have fun with it. .

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presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @naturalwildimage . Thunderstorm over Castle County, Utah. Congratulations to Robert McKendrick. SWIPE left to see all 7 images. “One of the many thunder storms that rolled through Castle County last summer. As it rolled through the San Rafael Desert and moved across the swell I was able to capture a few shots. This image captured an amazing bolt of lightning. I almost missed it as it came on the right side of the image,” says Robert. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - From ROYCE: Robert McKendrick is one of the nominees as “Most Improved MWC of the Year” in the Night Sky Awards. Robert has only been doing nightscapes for a little over a year. This is a very deserving photographer that needs your VOTE! Please use the link in today’s Stories. You can vote once a day thru Jan 17 . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway #nightphotography #lightning #storm #thunderstorm #xputah #utahrocks #travelutah #utahunique #utahcaptures #bestofutah #timelessuniverse #universetoday #fantastic_universe #milkywaygalaxy #milkywaypics #milkywaychasers #milkywaygrams #natgeospace #ig_nightphotography #intothenight #nightscape #nightscapes #nightscapephotography #night_shooterz #magic_at_night #nightsky

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presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @wayne_pinkston . The aurora near Tromso Norway. Congratulations to Wayne Pinkson‎. SWIPE left to see 3 more from Kitdalen, Norway. “From my archives. A few years ago I went to Norway to see the Aurora, and one night we were treated to an auroral display for about 20-30 minutes that far exceeded my wildest imagination. Color of all shades rained down on us from every direction. It was hard to decide which way to point the camera. I posted a few of these previously, but have mostly been posting Milky Way photos. [I’ve been mixing] these in with some panoramas in case people are getting tired of the panoramas. I’d love to go back to Norway, but I doubt I’ll ever see anything as spectacular as that night,” says Wayne || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: All single exposures • Canon EOS-1D X + Nikon 14-24mm @ 14mm • Most exposures taken at about f/2.8, 3 sec, ISO 6400. - LINKS: waynepinkstonphoto.com 500px.com/waynepinkston flickr.com/photos/pinks2000/ . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . #northernlightsphotos #nightphotography #northernlights #aurora #auroraborealis #auroraboreal #natgeospace #ig_nightphotography #intothenight #nightscape #nightscapes #nightscapephotography #night_shooterz #magic_at_night #nightshot #nightsky #nightshooters #nightpics #nightphoto #night_excl #nightphotography_exclusive #nightimages #WeOwnTheNight_IG #supreme_nightshots #nightview #nightsofwonder #rsa_night #nightskyphotography

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presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @anselmo.hoffmann . Breaking moonlight over Salto Angel (Angel Falls) ~ Venezuela. Congratulations to Anselmo Hoffmann‎. “A rare and fleeting moment when the milky way aligned in pure enhancement with ‘Salto Angel’ in Venezuela. With a height of 979 meters (3,212 ft), the Salto Angel is the world's highest uninterrupted waterfall. Believe: almost 1 km of free fall! To do this picture I did an epic adventure. After 02 days on the road, I got a flight in a little airplane over Canaima National Park. I reached Canaima NP and then the next day I took a boat on a river up trip (6 hours upstream) to the Angel Falls trail. Then, it is more 2 hours hiking a hill until reach the waterfall. I had to wait 2 nights until clearly see the stars. I'll always remember that night... The milky way was incredibly beautiful over the cascade, making a wonderful natural marriage. I spent all night shooting, enchanted with so magic moment. The lights on the waterfall and on the Tepuy were made by the moon that came moments after. Those moments was an amazing and unforgettable! ...What such a nature's spectacle,” says Anselmo! || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Exposure Blend • Sony a7rII + Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 • ISO 6400 • 02 exposures at the same exif: 01 picture for the stars (background); another for the waterfall and mountain (foreground). - LINKS: anselmohoffmann.com . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway #nightphotography #angelfalls #saltoangel #venezuelan_places #venezuela #waterfall💦 #waterfalls #waterfall #timelessuniverse #universetoday #fantastic_universe #milkywaygalaxy #milkywaypics #milkywaychasers #milkywaygrams #natgeospace #ig_nightphotography #intothenight #nightscape #nightscapes #nightscapephotography #night_shooterz #magic_at_night #nightshot #nightsky #nightshooters

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presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @lukasveselylandscapes . Ice Kingdom ~ near Hallwang, Austria. Congratulations to Lukas Vesely. “TSpend a night somewhere behind the ice was really a challenge. the terrain was very slippery and dangerous. I found this ice window before sunset, set the camera on a tripod and let it there for about 2 hours unattended. This is what I love in the mountans. You are there totally alone. I just took the battery out. In the night I started to shooting the scene. Then I captured the stars on eqatorial mount on the hill above the waterfall. The mountains are illuminated by near ski resort. The high clouds kicked the bright stars of Orion to another level,” says Lukas. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Tracked / Stacked / Blended • Stars: 5x 60s, iso 3200 f4 @ 24mm on Skywatcher tracker • Foreground: 2x x 300s, iso 1600 f4 @ 24mm • Edited in PS • Focus bracketing was used. Everything captured in real night, no twilight composite. Stars are aligned to correct position. - LINKS: www.lukasvesely.com FB.com/lukasveselylandscapes . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway #nightphotography #igerscz #feelaustria #365austria #loveobertauern #salzburgerland #obertauern #winterwonderland #starrysky #starscape #starphotography #stargazing #underthestars #timelessuniverse #universetoday #fantastic_universe #natgeospace #ig_nightphotography #intothenight #nightscape #nightscapes #nightscapephotography #night_shooterz #magic_at_night #icicles #icicle

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presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @jsn_pdog . Arch Rock ~ Joshua Tree National Park. Congratulations to Jason Perry. “This was a crazy cool night. I actually wanted to shoot this spot four days earlier when I was here but because of the moon rising, I only had time to shoot one spot. So, I decided to drive three hours from San Diego again just to get this shot. As soon as I sat under the arch and stared up at the sky, I knew exactly the perspective I wanted. I was there well before sunset so explored the area and got set up right before blue hour ended. I shot about 30 shots from end of blue hour, all the way to pitch dark,” says Jason. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Stacked / Blend • Nikon D850 + Nikkor 14-24mm @ 16mm • Sky - 18 image stack, 25 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 6400 • Foreground - two manually focused stacked images, 30 seconds at f/4.5, ISO 2000 • Tripod remained in the same spot for all shots. Edited in Camera Raw and Photoshop; stacked blend with Starry Landscape Stacker. - LINKS: FB.com/jason.perry.96387189 . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway #nightphotography #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatree #weownthenight_ca #naturalcalifornia #rawcalifornia #wildcalifornia #californiacaptures #westcoast_exposures #timelessuniverse #universetoday #fantastic_universe #milkywaygalaxy #milkywaypics #milkywaychasers #milkywaygrams #universe_dope #natgeospace #ig_nightphotography #intothenight #nightscape #nightscapes #nightscapephotography #night_shooterz #magic_at_night

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presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @bernhard_enzenhofer . Schiederweiher Lake, Austria. Congratulations to Bernhard Enzenhofer. “This year this place was voted the ‘most beautiful place in Austria’,” says Bernhard. SWIPE left to see two different exposures. Which do you like best? || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Single Exposure • Canon 6D + Sigma 20mm • ƒ/1.8, 13 sec, ISO 6400 • Lightroom. - LINKS: FB.com/bernhard.enzenhofer.photogallery . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway #nightphotography #schiederweiher #hinterstoder #pyhrnpriel #totesgebirge #oberösterreich #nacht #sternenhimmel #reflexiones #upperaustria #natgeospace #ig_nightphotography #intothenight #nightscape #nightscapes #nightscapephotography #night_shooterz #magic_at_night #nightshot #nightsky #nightshooters #nightpics #nightphoto #night_excl #nightphotography_exclusive #nightimages

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presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @henrylw . Sleepless on FlowerPot Island (July). Congratulations to Henry Liu. “Pitched up my tent but didn't really get to sleep inside. [This is] a small island famous for its crystal clear water and unique landscape,” says Henry. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Single • Nikon D800E + Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED @ 14mm • ƒ/2.8, 25 sec, ISO 4000. - LINKS: 500px.com/henry_liu flickr.com/photos/henrylw . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway #nightphotography #kayaking #paddling #lakehuron #ontario #wonderfulplacestogo #wonderfulplaces #infinity_worldshoot #fotofanatics_nature #ig_nightphotography #intothenight #nightscape #nightscapes #night_shooterz #nightshooters #nightpics #night_excl #nightimages #timelessuniverse #universetoday #fantastic_universe #milkywaygalaxy #milkywaypics #milkywaychasers #milkywaygrams #global_hotshotz

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presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @amirshq . Bioluminescent phytoplankton and winter night sky ~ Persian Gulf coast of Iran. Congratulations to Amir Shahcheraghian. “hundreds of tiny star-like bioluminescent phytoplankton scintillating like a starry sky as you move through the dark water,” says Amir. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: PANO • Canon 6d modified + Tamron 15-30mm @ 15mm • 5 frame pano @ 20 sec, f/2.8, ISO 5000 each. - LINKS: nightskyglory.com FB.com/ameer.shahcheraqyan . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #MilkyWay_NightScapes #nightphotography #nightscape #nightscapes #bioluminescence #irantravel #starlight #mustseeiran #irantravel #seeyouiniran #natgeospace #ig_nightphotography #intothenight #nightscapephotography #night_shooterz #magic_at_night #nightshot #nightsky #nightshooters #nightpics #nightphoto #night_excl #nightphotography_exclusive #nightimages #WeOwnTheNight_IG #supreme_nightshots #nightview #nightsofwonder

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presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @creation.captured . California Sea Cave w/Milky Way. Congratulations to Jesse Graver. “Here is a shot of a small sea cave I found while exploring the coast of California. It was low tide but the waves were slowly creeping up to the rock wall I was tucked into. Did you ever get yourself in a hairy situation to try to get a shot,” asks Jesse? || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery. - TECHNIQUE: Tracked / Pano / Blend • This image is comprised of two shots, one for the foreground and another for the Milky Way. Recently, some have said the the Micro Four Thirds system is not up to par with other full frame systems, but I disagree. - If you employ all the same techniques as the full frame user does you can easily get a great shot. For example, some say M43 can’t capture the Milky Way but if you use an Equitorial tracking mount, a longer focal length (I used 50mm) and take a panorama of the milky way you will get incredible detail like everyone else (who does the same thing). Does any body else use the M43 system? . - EXIF: Olympus Em-5 mark ii • Foreground ~ 7-14mm 2.8 PRO lens; 30 SEC | f4 | ISO 100 • Milky Way ~ 12-40mm 2.8 PRO lens; 60 SEC | f2.8 | ISO 1000. - LINKS: m.facebook.com/jesse.graver.3 . . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway #nightphotography #nightscape #nightscapes #seacaves #seacave #getolympus #weownthenight_ca #naturalcalifornia #rawcalifornia #wildcalifornia #californiacaptures #westcoast_exposures #longexposure_shots #longexpoelite #longexposureshots #longexpo #lazyshutters #fs_longexpo #ic_longexpo #longexposureoftheday #longexpo_addiction #natgeospace #ig_nightphotography #intothenight #timelessuniverse #universetoday

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presents the N I G H T S C A P E R • Photo Award to ... . @zach_photographer_ . A first-time nightscape from a 15 year old! Congratulations to Zach. An old cattle ranch windmill water pump silhouetted against the eastern winter sky. That’s Sirius below the windmill and the Orion Nebula near the top. - FROM ROYCE: Zach got his first DSLR and kit lens for Christmas, so a friend and I took Zach out last night for his first NightScaper experience because he follows me and has shown interest in the night sky. This is his own composition—I only told him the basics and let him borrow one of my spare tripods. Please go over to his feed and show this talented young man some IG love! - TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Single Exposure • EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55mm “kit” lens @ 18mm • f/3.5, 15 sec, ISO 6400. Post Processing: I took his Instagram JPEG post and added some contrast via Photoshop’s Curves (imagine if I’d had access to his hi-rez RAW file). . SHOWCASE Your Photo Here: Follow and tag with #nightscaper to be considered for a feature. - JOIN our NightScaper Facebook group (use the link in our bio) to see more great night images and to increase your chances for a gallery feature . . @MilkyWay_NightScapes #MilkyWay_NightScapes #milkyway #nightphotography #nightscape #nightscapes #windmills #windmill #xputah #utahrocks #utahunique #utahcaptures #timelessuniverse #universetoday #fantastic_universe #milkywaygalaxy #milkywaypics #milkywaygrams #starrysky #starscape #starphotography #stargazing #underthestars #nightsofwonder #nightskyphotography #weownthenight #addicted_to_nights #night_shots_ #nightscape_mastershot

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