Here are some more photos from yesterday’s eclipse.
Local musicians Reid Perry and Grant Jones both of Reid Perry and the Cold City Lights stopped by the studio to perform their song ‘Alexandretta.’
The Gazette’s Enjoy section and the Billings Symphony teamed up to put on a Country Idol contest. The contestants performed with the symphony on Sunday, and now people can vote on the videos to see who will get to perform an entire show with the Symphony next season. I shot the portraits and videos. If you’d like to vote you can do so HERE.
I have been sitting on these for awhile. I shot these back at the end of December. They are running with some more of my star pictures today in the Gazette’s Magazine section. CLICK HERE to read the story and see the other photos. The colors on the sandstone were created by quickly shining flashlights covered by gels onto the sandstone formations at Medicine Rocks State Park in eastern Montana.
As I left work last night, I noticed that the sky was pretty clear. I decided to set out to find some stars. I didn’t really have a plan so I just kind of drove until the suns glow wasn’t visible on the horizon. I ended up outside of Harlowton, Montana which was surprisingly well lit for a small town in Montana. My plan was to start shooting there and keep shooting until I got back to Bilings, but a system moved in and blocked the stars around Ryegate.
Here are some of the results:
I took these selfies today off Myers Road near Hysham, MT. I think these are the best self portraits that I have ever shot. For me , they are just a reminder of how insignificant all the trivial bs that I – and everyone else – deals with every day. More importantly, they remind me of how truly blessed I am to be alive and able experience such awesome wonders.
On technical note, the most significant thing I did in postediting that I did to make the Milky Way pop was to play with the contrast and white levels in Lightroom. Given the sky tonight I really didn’t need to do too much. However, I did need to do a lot of noise reduction given the long exposure and high iso. If you blow it up the noise is pretty significant , but on the small scale of the web, and if viewed from a slight distance it should be unnoticeable. It just goes to show ho amazing Canon’s noise reduction capabilities are becoming.
Merry Christmas everyone.