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This past week, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a nighttime photography workshop led by Michael Frye. Definitely one of the best investments I have made in "equipment" in quite some time. And well worth spending some precious free time on.

The workshop was centered around the town of Lee Vining on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada.

Day Zero

The day before the workshop, I drove up through Yosemite with enough time to go out practicing using my equipment in the dark. I headed to one of the locations we would be shooting at during the workshop, the South Tufas at Mono Lake. It turned out that a very large PhotoPills (app, see the app store) workshop (about 80 people) had wrapped up, and pretty much everyone had headed to the same place I did. But, since I was there to practice, that's what I focused on.

This one which I happen to like a lot was an "accident" in the sense that I was taking a sequence of shots and another photographer decided to light paint the tufa I was using for the sequence.

Made from 17 images by Starry Landscape Stacker 1.4.0.

This one was also an accidental light painting result in a sequence. I stacked together 17 images and then picked out the foreground that I liked out of those images and used it for the bottom of the image. The thing that is really cool is that you can see the Andromeda Galaxy. It's the bright smudge in the center, a bit to the right of the tail arc of the Milky Way.

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