Astrophotography is a relatively new endeavor for me, primarily influenced by my experience photographing the Northern Lights in early 2016. During that first year I learned the basics; such as how to properly focus, computing maximum shutter speeds for different lenses, post-processing methods for ending up with a final image of acceptable quality, etc.

Since then my goals have obviously expanded to take pictures of not only higher technical quality, but to also strive for good and unique compositions.  I  image stack all of astrophotography shots, typically strive to take non-sky foreground shots at blue hour or with long exposure times using a low ISO setting, and whenever possible include creative sources of light to enhance the composition. In turn, these practices require more advanced post-processing capabilities, including star alignments, image stacking/averaging, image blending, precision masking, etc. 

The most common question I am asked is "were the stars and milky way really that bright?". My answer is of course no, but point out what they are seeing is 100% real, it's just that the modern camera sensor is far superior to viewing dark skies as compared to the human eye.

Destruction and Recovery

Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington

Stars Over Stonehenge

Stonehenge Memorial, Maryhill Washington

Early Spring Milky Way

Molalla, Oregon

Room with a View

Lookout Mountain, Oregon

Mars Rising and the Milky Way Over La Perouse Bay

Maui, Hawaii

Milky Way Over Mt St Helens 

Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington

Milky Way Over Three Fingered Jack and Marion Lake

Mount Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon Cascades

Milky Way Over Rowena Crest

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Milky Way Over Mount Jefferson and Gold Butte Lookout

Historic Gold Butte Fire Lookout, Oregon

Milky Way Over Mount Hood and Laurance Lake

Laurance Lake, Oregon

Milky Way Over Mount Hood and Lost Lake

Lost Lake, Oregon

The Milky Way from Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize​​​​​​​

Milky Way Over Stag Lake
Diamond Peak Wilderness, Oregon Cascades

The Last Ent of Diamond Peak Wilderness
Diamond Peak Wilderness, Oregon Cascades

Milky Way Over Russell Lake and Mount Jefferson
Mount Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon Cascades

Darkest Skies in the State

Steens Mountains, Oregon

Dark Sky Country

Steens Mountains, Oregon

Milky Way Eruption

Mount Hood, Oregon

The Northern Milky Way

Mount Hood, Oregon

The Big Dipper
Eagle Crest Resort, Oregon

The Constellation Orion
Eagle Crest Resort, Oregon
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