Elden Sunset & Milky Way

The other day Tiffany and I were on top of Mt. Elden during sunset and ended up staying for the Milky Way to come out. It was a great view of Northern Arizona and after it got dark we could see the Platypus fire to the south lighting up the night sky. Below are a few images from sunset and after. I will have some of these on display tomorrow at the Flagstaff Urban Market which is from 9-2 in Downtown Flagstaff. 

Come on by! 

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Elden Lookout at sunset.  

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The city of Flagstaff's light pollution washes out the night sky.  

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The Platypus fire lighting up the night sky. 

Deep Sky Imaging

This is a great time of year to do some deep sky imaging with the warm temperatures and clear skies. Last night I was out till around 3am using my Celestron reflector telescope. Here is one of the first shots I edited of the Galactic Core region and Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex. 

Scroll down for a labeled version. 

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Spring Astro In Sedona

Last week Chaz and myself made a visit down to Sedona, AZ in the wee hours of the morning for some sights of the Milky Way. I had a spot in mind I visited during a portrait shoot earlier in the year and after hiking a couple miles in the dark we found the tree I wanted to shoot. We passed several deer and more spiders than we could count but it ended up being worth the trek. Below are some images from the trip. 

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View to the Southwest of our home galaxy. 

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The tree I wanted to shoot actually ended up being one of the last shots I took.   

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Along the trail.  

 

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One of the spiders along the trail. It’s a giant crab spider and was the size of a half dollar of not bigger. They aren’t poisonous but will definitely hurt if you get bit. 

Looking forward to more shooting this season, and my workshop coming up in June at the Coconino Center for the Arts.  

 

Viola Awards Nomination

At the beginning of this year I was nominated for a 2017 Viola Award under the emerging artist category!  I am incredibly honored and really can't believe I made it to the final round of nominees. This past weekend was the award ceremony and although I didn't win it was awesome exposure and a great experience overall. Below is my nominee video where you can see me talk about why I continue to do what I do. Also is a link to the page on the Flag Arts website with my bio. 

Here is the link to the page, where you can see other nominees and the winner for each category. 

http://flagartscouncil.org/viola-awards/2014-viola-award-nominees/

Pretty great experience! :)