Doug Beezley Photography | Starry Nights

This is a small gallery with very large ambitions - at least, for me. The original images in this gallery were captured during a night photography workshop I attended in Jackson, Wyoming in July 2014 while others are the results of a workshops in Rocky Mountain National Park near Rock Cut, in Moab, Utah in September 2021 as well as night images from Death Valley, southern Utah near Page, Arizona and Maroon Bells near Aspen.

The impetus for attending the first workshop started while on a photo tour of Yosemite National Park in February 2013 where I got my first taste of night photography. I really enjoyed the effort but the results not so much. The interest grew as I participated in a photo tour of Iceland in February and March of 2014 where our principal objective was to photograph the Northern Lights. And, photograph them we did! But, while the experience of photographing the Aurora was unforgettable, the quality of too many of my photographs was, unfortunately, forgettable. Not all failed the "eyeball" test but enough did that made me want to learn more about the fine details of night photography.

Enter David Kingham, fellow Coloradan who has extraordinary skills in night photography (and any other expression of photography) and conducts workshops to share his skill, expertise and passion for the night sky. David's workshop was four days and three nights in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming with field instruction and shooting as well as classroom review and post-processing instruction. Without getting into minutiae, David delivered as promised and I'm now even more "hooked" on night photography. The only downside to this new-found interest is where I live. There are very few dark skies locations in the southeastern US and the further exercise of night photography will require me to travel to the West (Oh, darn). So, keep watching for more additions to this gallery as I travel to Colorado and then on to Utah to see if I can capture the magic of the Milky Way in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. And, most recently, Death Valley National Park's dark skies were the backdrop for some magic as the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) made an unexpected and serendipitous appearance along with some good Milky Way opportunities at Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point. The group (minus yours truly) also captured the magic of the Milky Way from Mesquite Dunes. That's a story for another time over several adult beverages but not a vicious Chicken Caesar Salad!

Several of the image titles are quotes from the song, "Saturn" by Sleeping at Last.
Midnight Mud
Fire in the Sky +
The Milky Way from Zabriskie Point
4 AM and All's Well
Milky Way Over Dante's View Peak & Mt Perry
Badwater Basin & the Milky Way
The Fins in Arches National Park
The Fins
Turret Arch
The Bonsai Tree
Dead Horse State Park, Utah
Pinion Pine & Milky Way
Star Trails at Double Arch
Milky Way at Rock Cut
Milky Way - Rocky Mountain National Park
Milky Way Over The Sneffels Range
The Toadstools
The Toadstools
The Toadstools - Full Arc Milky Way Panorama
Night Fire at Upper Antelope Canyon
Aurora Borealis
Utterly Spectacular
Maroon Bells
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