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Photo dump.

All film:


Sagittarius area of the Milky Way, Fuji Neopan Acros 100. 20 Minute exposure, Canon 50mm f1.8 stm @ f4.


Tri – x


Tri – x


Tri – x. This is a super long exposure of me setting up a milky way shot up in the mountains.


Fun with strobes. Tri – x


Tri – x 400


Fuji Neopan Acros 100. 20 Minute exposure, Canon 50mm f1.8 stm @ f4.


Fuji Neopan Acros 100. 20 Minute exposure, Rokinon 14mm @ 2.8


My Skytracker needed surgery while camping.

Its been awhile

I haven’t been posting as much here as I’d like. Doesn’t mean I haven’t been taking photos, I have, but instead of uploading them anywhere I just sit on them and move on to the next project. I’ve been busy as hell this year. Started working as a freelance cinematographer the last few months. Did a music video, some product videos for my friends company, a dark comedy web series and about to start filming on a really dark bizzaro comedy I wrote called High Desert. So thats been that. I have been dabbling in an interesting timelapse experiment involving astroids and nebula but processing isn’t finished quite yet. I’ve also been using film again, even dabbling in film astrophotography. I don’t know how it looks yet because I still have to develop it. I told myself I’d do that tonight, we’ll see. I’ll post soon (I hope). In the meantime here is a big dump of photos!


Sunset on the Sunrise Highway. Near Mount Laguna. Canon 5d mark III, Zeiss Jena 35mm @ f8.


Santa Rosa Mountains area near Anza. Kodak Tri-x 400, Zeiss Jena 35mm. I don’t remember what settings.

Milky Way from Toro Peak. Rokinon 14mm, Canon 6D, two remote strobes set up, one obvious one in the distance, another with an umbrella to light the underside of the trees. I think this was 5 minutes. Mounted on my iOptron Skytracker.


Star trails with tri-x!

Thats it for now. I have more. Just need to remember what they are.



Haven’t done a lot of shooting lately, been working on a web series project. I did get the chance to go back to Trona though.








Winter Sky over Lake Henshaw

Took a drive out past Palomar to the Lake Henshaw overlook. Took a few quick pics before the moon rose.



Canon 6d, Rokinon 14mm @ f4, 180sec exposure, ISO1600

Death Valley 2014 PART ONE

I know I posted the images a few months ago after the trip but I haven’t gotten around to describing the experience in detail. I took notes along the way and committed much more to memory but I figure I need to write this all down before the hazards surrounding my current field of employment (watching paint dry) destroy those brain cells containing those memories.




Winter Milky Way around 0 deg declination

Went out to the mountains. Rather than focus on what I forgot to bring, I’ll list what I did have. Tripod, iOptron Skytracker, Canon 6D and a Nikkor 50mm. I was stuck shooting whatever was at 0 deg declination so I aimed at a big starry patch and took an hours worth of exposures. Stopping down does wonderful things for tiny star detail, to see what I’m talking about check out the high resolution version.




Taken from the Orange County Astronomers site in Anza.

Joshua Tree New Years Eve

Headed up to Joshua Tree for New Years Eve to check out the recent snowfall. Quick trip but well worth it aside from the 10f temps.

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Rokinon 14mm is perfect for wide field astrophotography

Yes, its very good wide open. With a decent camera (as in low noise as ISO 6400) you can easily expose the Milky Way in 30 seconds. I’ve done plenty of that, I decided to see how good it was stopped down a bit and with a much longer exposure on an iOptron Skytracker.


14mm @ f5.6, ISO 3200 240 Seconds



More pictures from Death Valley

I have a lot more to go through but I figured I’d post these for now. I also have a bunch of journal entries I need to edit but I’d like to finish a few things up first. Here you go for now!











Death Valley 2014

Just spent another week around Death Valley. 8 days of camping, 1000 miles of driving all over the place and nearly three-hundred gigabytes of photos to go through. I’m in the process of moving this week so I won’t have time to go through anything but I’ll post one of my favorites for now.

Trona Pinnacles in the pre-dawn sky.


So you can see the Milky Way from Orange County

Always wanted to try this from some of the southern beaches of San Clemente so I headed out to Califia, waited for the moon to set and got this. I’ll have to go back soon.


Waucoba Mountain

Going through some photos I took in Eureka Valley last year.

Wacucoba Mountain


Camping on the Edge of Forever

Stitched Panorama

Grandview Campground, California. Milky Way rising over the Great Basin


Took this a couple months ago during my trip to the White Moutains, an amazing grey zone site at 8,400 feet. Used a rental 6D during the trip which convinced me to buy one and I couldn’t be more pleased with its performance.

31 subs at ISO 800, 240sec exposures using a Nikkor 50mm f1.8 @f4 on an unmodded Canon 6D

Little Blair Valley

Some pics from a few wonderful nights here.


Stitched Panorama


Trip to the White Mountains

White Mountains
Day 1 5/22/2014

Left Rancho Santa Margarita around 10 am after spending the previous night packing everything up. Ordered Pizza the night before as I figured I was going to be eating simple camp food the rest of the trip.
Didn’t hit any traffic, arrived in Victorville around 11:40 and fueled up. Jumped back on the 395 for a few hours, traffic was again light (a benefit of leaving on a Thursday). Hit a few rain showers on the way but it was pretty patchy, nothing that concerned me. Got to Big Pine aroud 3:00 pm, fueled up and then took the 168 to Death Valley Road. Next destination was supposed to be Eureka Dunes. The drive was a lonely one, only passed one other vehicle near the beginning. The paved road wasn’t in too bad of shape. Passed through a cool canyon with some interesting anticlines (I think thats the right term), a Joshua Tree forest in what I think is Papoose Flats and then the road spit me out into Eureka Valley. From here it was an unpaved 12 miles. Road was a little bit washboarded but nothing 40 mph couldn’t take care of. The general area of Eureka Dunes was coming into view when all of a sudden several lighting strikes broke out of the dark clouds above. I could see them hit the ground around the area I’d be staying at. I reached the end of this section of road and turned onto Eureka Dunes Road (I think). The washboard here was much much worse, similar to the road on the way to the Racetrack. Granted, this was only 10 miles vs the 30 mile road to the Racetrack, I didn’t want to get a flat by myself out here. A few more lightning strikes directly to the ground a few miles away from me convinced me to turn around and head 1.5 hours back to Big Pine. The storm seemed to follow me, a light rain on Death Valley Road turned into a torrent once I hit Big Pine. Hail started coming down, could barely see anything in front of me. I seeked cover in a Shell gas station parking lot and waited the storm out. Since I had reception I figured I’d call Kaela and update her on the situation.
Rain seemed to subside after 30 minutes and since I still had a bit of daylight I got back on the 168 but this time headed up to White Mountain. Very twisty steep road, down to one lane in a narrow rocky canyon section. I was alternating between 2nd and 1st gear the whole way up, this was a result of all the equipment I decided to bring. Arrived at Grandview Campground (8,400 ft elevation) and began unpacking the basics. Skies were still cloudy but looked like they may clear. I didn’t want to take a chance on my gear getting soaked so I just got the tent set up. As I was in the middle of preparing my home for the next five days it began snowing! Quite a contrast from last week in Southern California reaching temps of over 100 for five days in a row. Ground temp seemed to be too warm to support much snowfall so it melted right away. Snow eventually trickled down to a little flurry and I could see the sunset poking through the clouds. Drove up 2.5 miles to the Sierra Viewpoint where I actually got cell phone reception. That was great to know for the next few days as I like to check in with Kaela and make sure she knows I didn’t drive off a cliff.
Took a timelapse of a beautiful sunset over the Sierras from the viewpoint and headed back down. The sky had cleared up but things still felt very wet as if the clouds would roll in and it would start snowing again any minute. I opted not to set up my equipment, rather just two cameras for timelapse work. If it did begin to precipitate they would be much easier to cover up than two scopes, laptop, etc.
Next morning I awoke to below freezing temps. Got dressed, made a fire to cook some brats on and then headed further up white mountain for a bit more exploring. I checked out the Schulmann Grove but it was too tourist oriented for my taste so I headed further up the unpaved roads. Some some awesome landscapes, all dotted with the Ancient Bristlecone pine.
That night two engineers from JPL had come up for the much hyped Carmeloesdidis meteor shower and they joined me as we waited for the sky to clear. It didn’t. I was briefly able to show them Jupiter and Saturn in the XT8 but that was all the sky allowed. It wasn’t exactly cloudy, just a thick haze that completely destroyed the wonderful clarity this site boasts. Instead we discussed working at JPL which of course I found fascinating. Their names were Danny and Mike, roommates. One of them an electrical engineer, the other one mechanical. They worked on science packages for satellite missions. They also had only worked there a year but it was still interesting to hear them talk about. Like many professional astronomers and space-faring engineers I had met they knew little of the night sky and amateur astronomy but they were still up there so at least they had some curiosity.
The next day I went further up White Mountain, nearly all the way to the Barcroft Gate but deep snow hindered me. While the BF Goodrich All Terrain K/O tires are fantastic for dry off roading they are terrible in mud and snow and I didn’t want to get stuck. I spent several hours photographing some of the more desolate looking Bristlecone Pines. The landscape up there is very stark, I’ve seen pictures but it really looked like what I’d expect dry frozen tundra to look like. Just sand, light scrub and a few Bristlecones. The sky was bright too, being at 12,000 feet elevation sunglasses are 100% necessary.
After exploring for hours I eventually returned back to camp. Skies looked much better this night, just a few cumulus clouds. No haze, no looming thunderheads, just deep blue sky and a few puffy clouds that would disappear once the sunset.
I couldn’t believe how dark it gets up here. And I use the word dark not to mean how little I could see but I use it in the sense astronomers use it. The darker a site is, the more you can see. The zodiacal light was clearly visible, airglow flashed in the upper atmosphere above me. The milky way looked light a bright cloud rising from the east and the few clouds that were floating around where completely black. That is a very cool site to see, normally you expect clouds to be brighter than the surrounding sky but here its the opposite, just like ink blots wandering around.
From the east side of the campground you can look down into the beginning of the great basin that stretches all the way across Nevada and into Utah. This is a land where supposedly no water escapes and hardly any other water reaches. I’ll have to get out there some time.
The milky way rose over the great basin and it was clearly visible even right on the horizon. I have not been fortunate to experience that before, normally its hard to make out from the background muck until its maybe 20-30 degrees overhead. I stood at the edge of this overlook for an hour with the 6D and a tripod taking a timelapse and then a panoramic shot of the milky way rising over the mountains.








Some wide angle stuff I’ve been taking here and there.

Been doing lots and lots of off roading lately to some pretty interesting locations, figured I’d share a few images!

Milky Way over the Fish Creek Mountains

Mars overlooking a canyon in Fish Creek

Another image of the Milky Way rising over the Fish Creek mountains. This is 1 frame from a timelapse.

The OK Mine north of Joshua Tree National Park in the Old Dale Mining District.

A Cave in Anza Borrego

The Wind Caves in Anza Borrego

Santiago Peak Sunset

Took a quick drive up Santiago Peak to test out a new 180mm lens but it was cut short because the forest service had to close the roads due to high winds. I did get some nice scenic sunset pictures though!

Catalina in the background with some large ship exiting the Long Beach Harbor.

Catalina with the 18-55mm @ 18mm ISO1600

North OC

Death Valley 2013

Got a week off of work in early November and decided to take the time to get out to Death Valley. I had initially planned on going up to the Sierra Nevadas earlier in the year but wasn’t able to get any time off, by the time I could it was far too cold. But you know what? I’m glad I got to see Death Valley, what an amazing place.



Anza Borrego

Took a trip out to Anza for the weekend to get some imaging done. During the day I visited Fonts Point which overlooks the badlands. I need to go back soon at night to do a timelapse.