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Making the shot – Conway Ranch and Milky Way

As part of my “Expanding Your Creativity – Mono Lake” workshop, I take clients for a night photography session at Conway Ranch. The ranch was owned by early settlers of the region and is now protected by a conservation easement and management plan from Mono County, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Caltrans, California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.

The first time I came to this location to photograph was in the fall a few years ago during the day. I thought it would really cool at night with the stars behind.  When I checked the app, Photo Pills, I saw that I could stand on the west side and look east, or stand on the east side of the house and look west...

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Shooting for a theme

When I go out and photograph, I usually don’t have an agenda.  I tend to take advantage of whatever it is that is presented to me in nature. But sometimes I do have preconceived ideas in mind...

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The Best Laid Plans...

Over 5 months ago I booked a trip to east to photograph autumn color... This year I decided to try another location in the same general area and settled on Blackwater Falls State Park, in West Virginia.

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15 stops and be there longer

...One of the techniques I teach during this workshop is taking long exposures in the middle of the day using very strong neutral density filters, 15 stops. With a 15-stop neutral density filter a typical 1/125 of a second shutter speed becomes a 4 -minute exposure...

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LEWIS KEMPER is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. To learn more, click here.

 

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