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Nightscapes Lecture

Grand Canyon stars from NankoweapI wish I could say the images accompanying this post are mine, but they are not. They are the work of Royce Bair. Royce is a photographer from Utah who specializes in shooting night-time landscapes that incorporate the Milky Way. He calls these images Nightscapes. He is currently touring the United States give lectures on how to capture such images. I was lucky enough to convince him to come to Tacoma and give his talk to the Tacoma Mountaineers. This will be a great event and a good opportunity to learn how to capture these wonderful shots. As you know if you are a regular reader of my blog, I’ve tried to get shots like these, with limited success. Hopefully, Royce will be able to teach me a thing or two.

The talk will be held Friday, February 13th from 7 to 9 pm at the Tacoma Mountaineers building at 2302 N 30th Street, Tacoma, Washington. It is free to attend and no reservation is needed (though it is first come-first served on seats). If you do decide to come by, be sure to introduce yourself to me as a reader of my blog.

Royce says that many of his shots are captured in a single exposure and have little post-processing. He will be giving a step-by-step recipe for capturing this images. His accompanying slide show will offer a lot of technical, how-to information including planning when and where to shoot the Milky Way, finding dark skies, calculating star alignments, choosing the right equipment, how to calculate the correct exposures, light painting, noise-reduction techniques, and exposure blending.

Royce is a semi-retired magazine photographer who has been capturing nightscapes for three decades. His photographs have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Reader’s Digest and American Photo, among others. His lecture tour is in advance of his upcoming ebook “Milky Way Nightscapes, A Guide to Photographing the Starry Night Sky.” Can’t make the lecture? You can order an advance copy of his ebook this month at a discounted price by sending him an email. Details are at the ebook link.

Hope to see you Friday!

Stars over Yellowstone Falls

Stars over Ward Charcoal Ovens

Stars, Milky Way, Jackson Lake, Grand Teton NP

Delicate Arch and Milky Way

14 responses

  1. Really good work, Joe. Beautiful color.

    February 12, 2015 at 4:29 am

    • Yes, beautiful color, but as I said in my post, it’s not my work. These images were taken by Royce Bair, who will be the speaker at my club tomorrow night. I wish I had the ability to take images such as these Dan.

      February 12, 2015 at 8:57 am

      • Ooops! Sorry, Joe. Nonetheless you did post them and thanks for that.

        February 13, 2015 at 8:20 am

  2. bookheathen

    For me the Milky Way is a distant memory from childhood. I don’t get to see it these days (too many other light interference).

    February 12, 2015 at 8:43 am

  3. Beautiful!

    February 12, 2015 at 2:57 pm

  4. Wow. These are incredible. Such a beautiful universe we live in.

    February 13, 2015 at 8:17 am

  5. wow these are really good do you have any tips?

    February 16, 2015 at 10:28 am

    • For tips, go to Royce’s blog and do a search with the word “recipe” and it should give you his methods used for these photos. There is a link above to his blog.

      February 17, 2015 at 5:07 am

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    February 19, 2015 at 7:21 am

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    February 27, 2015 at 2:35 pm

  8. An Activist Abroad

    Wow! You take some stunning photographs! I am really impressed. Thanks so much for sharing them with us all. Out of interest, do you use a small compact camera for any of your work? If so, which one would you recommend? Keep up the amazing work.

    March 31, 2015 at 7:29 am

    • Thanks. Just to be clear, I didn’t take the images for this post. They were taken by Royce Bair, who gave the lecture this post is about. I do not currently use a compact camera – I had one that I occasionally used in the past, but it was stolen and I have not replaced it, so I’m not really up on good compact cameras. However, there are a lot of good camera sources on the internet. One of my favorites is, they should have all the information you need on compact cameras.

      March 31, 2015 at 8:47 am

      • An Activist Abroad

        Thanks for clarifying. That’s gutting your camera was stolen. Mine was too a couple of years ago. It’s gutting! Thanks for the advice.

        March 31, 2015 at 10:09 am

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