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N 154 B 1.7K C 24 E Apr 7, 2016 F Sep 11, 2016
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Standing proud in death for a multitude of human generations, after a life that likely ranged over 4,000 years, the Bristlecone pine is surely one of the most unique and tenacious inhabitants of our planet. A still living specimen nearby is estimated to be over 5,000 years old... no other singular organism on Earth has such a lifespan. The individual needles on a Bristlecone can remain alive upwards of 50 years.

Although my visit here was just for a few hours, it was awe-inspiring to see them up close.

Schulman Grove, California

Tags:   Bristlecone pine California tree Schulman Grove

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A wet and foggy hike to the bizarre and enchanting rock formations of the Old Man of Storr … sadly we did not get to see the classic views but the fog shrouded shapes added to the mystery. It was an amazing experience

N 1.4K B 49.0K C 80 E Aug 5, 2016 F Aug 13, 2016
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I've shot this lighthouse on the coast of Maine numerous times at night, and on this particular night I was teaching a workshop and standing out of the way so the students could move around as they needed. I setup and just shot for fun, continuing to play with and test out the Nikon D5 at different exposure settings at night and helping the students as needed. I didn't think I'd come away with something interesting that I hadn't captured before here, but a small patch of clouds passed overhead and ending up making for a nice atmospheric touch to the scene.

The light rays coming out of the lighthouse are real, the light (as in many lighthouses) is so directional and bright that you can see this wagon-wheel type effect with your naked eye looking up at the lighthouse when it blinks.

And to answer a question I get asked all the time, the lighthouse is not blowing out the scene completely because it is a blinking light, blinking twice every 8 or 9 seconds. A constant on light would have been much more difficult to work with.

Normally I use the "star stacking" technique of shooting a bunch of exposures at a short enough shutter speed to capture pinpoint stars, usually 10 seconds x 10 exposures, and then stack & blend them in Starry Landscape Stacker (available for Mac) to get both pinpoint stars and low noise, but in this case I ended up using a single 20 second exposure because I liked the look of the clouds in the 20 second exposure vs the effective 100 seconds that 10 x 10 gave me, where the clouds streaked out very smoothly and lost their texture.

Nikon D5, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @ 14mm. One shot for the sky at ISO 3200, f/2.8, 20 seconds, and one shot for the lighthouse at ISO 1600, f/5.6, 4 minutes. Following my usual workflow, the images were prepped in Lightroom, and then blended and finished with creative edits in Photoshop.

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Tags:   clouds down east lighthouse lubec maine milky way new england night stars west quoddy head west quoddy head lighthouse

N 793 B 21.4K C 41 E May 22, 2016 F May 24, 2016
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I am lucky enough to be spending a few days in Oregon and Sweet Creek was near the top of my list of places to visit. This short trail packs a punch with one waterfall after another.

One can plan a vacation but not the weather (as I sit and look out my hotel window at a cloudless evening in Bandon . . . sigh) but conditions were pretty ideal a couple of days ago in this little spot. Sweet, indeed! :)

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N 598 B 12.6K C 29 E May 22, 2016 F Jul 20, 2016
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One of the many waterfalls along Sweet Creek in Oregon.

2016 © Michelle Jensen

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