Walker Pass off hwy 178. Here you can position the Milky Way any where you please. First one of the new season. Hopefully life will allow for more.
Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon on HWY 14. Again the Milky Way was in the opposite direction. I know its not a requirement but it sure adds interest to the sky!
The famous Tehachapi train loop in Keene. Just a bit too much ambient light on the horizon for my likens but further night stops were on the slate for this evening and i had to go. My intent was to get the Milky Way above this engineering marvel, however it simply faces the wrong way. Oh well. Cant have everything
Kern River Falls
Well we got water now! The mighty Kern river flows now with authority. So good to see the river and lake back to respectable levels.
Bonfire to the left
The locals at Lake Isabella lit a fire big enough to burn the place down (again). I did like the lighting effect however. I haul five different lights with me and i always wind up using whatever ambient light presents itself.
The main dam at Lake Isabella. First time back there since the Erskine fire. The lake levels are way up now and climbing. Milky Way season is two months away......oh boy!
The Way We Were
This is the perch on top the mountains behind the house I grew up in as a child. The view is very different now after the Erskine fire ravaged its way through this community and left almost nothing in its wake. This is South Lake Estates in Lake Isabella California before the disaster.
Along the trail on Mt. Pinos.
The transmission tower on top Mt. Pinos stands before the northern most point in the sky. A reminder of the earths axis as how fast it moves. This is 100 30 second exposures at f3.2 at ISO 800
Kern River Nights
Kern River as it makes its exit from the dam and makes starts it's journey down the canyon.
Photography fills my need to express myself artistically. My love for this hobby goes far beyond what most would consider normal. I love the night sky and that comes with losing a lot of sleep. The payoff however is two fold. It is in the image no doubt, but it also comes from the solitude and magic that can only be had under a pitch black sky in the middle of the desert under a blanket of stars and two full camera batteries