Night Runner

StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I amSan Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 8,457 Major grins

To catch Milky Way on coast, you need, moonless, fogless, and cloudless conditions. You need to walk over slippery bluffs and avoid falling over, and get hit by waves when too close. You have to be by yourself out in dark unless you go on weekend and it is mad house. You have to let your setup get hit by waves, while you are posing and run over rocks and waves to get still for the shot. You need to avoid being ticketed. You need to forget about sleep. You need to deal with traffic jams due to road work and beach goers going home.

This year the conditions have co-operated more than others, so far. Below are my efforts.

1) Galactic Man

2) Interstellar Tower

3) Interstellar Portal

4) Galactic Bonfire

5) Passage to Stars

6) Signal to Other World

7) The Search

8) Shark Fin Milk

9) Search light

10) Ancient Launchpad

11) Galactic Touch

12) Boot Arch

Comments

  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainAdministrators, Vanilla Admin Posts: 19,692 moderator

    Terrific set, Taz.

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaRegistered Users Posts: 2,951 Major grins

    Wow, just Wow. I think #10 is my favorite - the lighting on the pier structures from a setting sun? Love them all.

  • Cygnus StudiosCygnus Studios Commercial Photographer San Francisco's North BayRegistered Users Posts: 2,294 Major grins

    Fantastic set. I especially love number 2.

    Steve

    Website
  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 8,457 Major grins

    Richard, Jo, Steve, thanks for making my morning! Can never tell you what it means! Cheers!

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,678 moderator

    Those are really sweet, man. Didn't take you long at all to master those techniques! The only one that didn't grab me is the bon-fire one. The rest are truly bow-worthy (I wish we still had that gif). Cheers!

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 8,457 Major grins

    Thanks K-dog! Are you back yet?
    Cheers!

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 8,169 Major grins

    Damn, buddy, this is some kind of wickedly good stuff. You start out with a virtual horror story of production issues and you finish off with an array of other-worldly visual stunners. I tell you....you work hard at your craft and you deserve every bit of the recognition and praise that you receive.

    I always wanted to lie naked on a bearskin rug in front of a fireplace. Cracker Barrel didn't take kindly to it.
  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 8,457 Major grins

    @black mamba said:
    Damn, buddy, this is some kind of wickedly good stuff. You start out with a virtual horror story of production issues and you finish off with an array of other-worldly visual stunners. I tell you....you work hard at your craft and you deserve every bit of the recognition and praise that you receive.

    Tom you rock man! Thanks for always giving positive encouragement and have a wonderful day! Cheers!

  • roaddog52roaddog52 Major grins In the sticks, NE of SeattleRegistered Users Posts: 1,319 Major grins

    Taz, Great set, very inspiring! I have a couple of shots in mind that I have been wanting to try, out on the Washington coast. These shots just may push me to get out there and try, if I can make the time.

    Phil

    I don't know where I'm going, but I'm going anyway.

    Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity!
  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandAdministrators Posts: 12,993 moderator

    Unbelievable. You've certainly got Milky Way shots down. It took me over a day to respond because the last couple times I looked at these photos my brain short-circuited and could only come up with "kwo uisncp pamkadxij e taqpmmbl" as a response, which makes no sense of course. Now that I've had time to settle in with these I am still beyond awed.

    My Smugmug
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  • JonaBeth RussellJonaBeth Russell Major grins MauiRegistered Users Posts: 1,065 Major grins

    Taz, these are terrific! You continually impress and inspire many of us with every set. My favorites are those with the human element. Bravo!

  • CornflakeCornflake Major grins ArizonaRegistered Users Posts: 3,294 Major grins

    Beautiful work! Obviously you can cope with the challenges.

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 8,457 Major grins

    Phil, David, JBR, Don, thanks for kind comments! It is fuel I cherish! If you ever come this way, you know who to ping! Cheers!

  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyRegistered Users Posts: 3,620 Major grins

    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW 3 & 10 are my favorites!!! This time you also told a great story, Taz - I really admire a) your photo artistry and b) the amount of work you go through to get these

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,678 moderator

    @Stumblebum said:
    Thanks K-dog! Are you back yet?
    Cheers!

    Sure am! I just looked at these again and now I want to go out and do some night shooting!

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 8,457 Major grins

    @Hikin' Mike said:
    Outstanding!

    Thanks Mike!

    @sarasphotos said:
    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW 3 & 10 are my favorites!!! This time you also told a great story, Taz - I really admire a) your photo artistry and b) the amount of work you go through to get these

    Thanks so much Sara!
    Cheers Both!

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 8,457 Major grins

    @kdog said:

    @Stumblebum said:
    Thanks K-dog! Are you back yet?
    Cheers!

    Sure am! I just looked at these again and now I want to go out and do some night shooting!

    Awesome! Can't wait to see your shots! The MW window is closed right now and I travel next month, but it is will open in Sept and Oct and that is prime time still to catch it. Lets talk later.....

  • Mare333Mare333 United StatesRegistered Users Posts: 15 Big grins
    Magnificent!
  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 8,457 Major grins

    Thanks Mare!!

  • QarikQarik Krazy Korean San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 4,959 Major grins

    Haven't been visited in a while..these are super cool! Very nice techinically/artisticly and FUN to boot!

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  • maxcomposemaxcompose ThailandRegistered Users Posts: 17 Big grins
    Amazing photo, thank you for sharing

    If you like my photo, please visit my website and my blog:

    https://www.maxcompose.com
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  • jerryrjerryr Smugmug Customization MichiganRegistered Users Posts: 595 Major grins
  • TasmanianTasmanian Quebec, CanadaRegistered Users Posts: 486 Major grins

    Superb shots. Bravo ! The light and sharpnes are top !!!

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 8,457 Major grins

    Thanks kindly Daniel, Max, Jerry and Tasmanian!!

  • JuanoJuano Major grins Registered Users Posts: 4,770 Major grins

    In complete awe... Speechless... envy is the only word that comes to mind :) !

  • Eldon SheaEldon Shea Major grins Los AngelesRegistered Users Posts: 145 Major grins

    Amazing set, Taz. Number 3 is off the charts amazing.

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 8,457 Major grins

    Yay! Cristobal, Bryan, thanks truly!
    Cheers!

  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaSuper Moderators Posts: 14,658 moderator

    I like 3, 10, 11, and 12 !!

    What a great series - gives me some ideas too!

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    Moderator of the Technique Forum and Finishing School on Dgrin
  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 8,457 Major grins

    Thanks so much Jim!

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