The Light Explorer

The Light Explorer I am a Landscape photographer based in Los Angeles, CA.
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Sunset at Goblin Valley State Park, Utah.
12/02/2023

Sunset at Goblin Valley State Park, Utah.

Last Friday, our family of 9 kayaked down the Colorado from Horseshoe Bend Petroglyphs to Lees Ferry - a total of 10 mil...
11/13/2023

Last Friday, our family of 9 kayaked down the Colorado from Horseshoe Bend Petroglyphs to Lees Ferry - a total of 10 miles. We had never kayaked before and so were a little apprehensive on the stability of the kayak etc. However, we had nothing to fear as the kayaks we rented were very stable. The outfitter ('Kayak the Colorado') took us from Lees Ferry to the petroglyphs in their boat (around 25 minutes ride) and then we kayaked the 10 miles down in around 3 hours. Besides one other boat and a couple of kayakers, we did not encounter anyone else along the way. Bonus - we got to see 6 endangered California Condors on the Navajo Bridge on the way in. Fabulous experience and can't wait to do it again next year.

'The Wave', Coyote Buttes North, Arizona today morning.
11/04/2023

'The Wave', Coyote Buttes North, Arizona today morning.

11/04/2023

Sometimes you just have to move closer to the subject and the ground.

Sunrise today at Goblin Valley State Park, Utah.
10/15/2023

Sunrise today at Goblin Valley State Park, Utah.

Annular Eclipse taken today from Goblin Valley State Park, Utah. What an amazing experience. Nikon D850, Sigma 150-600 S...
10/14/2023

Annular Eclipse taken today from Goblin Valley State Park, Utah. What an amazing experience. Nikon D850, Sigma 150-600 Sport lens.

Got very lucky and managed to snag a campsite (cancellation) at the last minute in Goblin Valley State Park. Arrived tod...
10/14/2023

Got very lucky and managed to snag a campsite (cancellation) at the last minute in Goblin Valley State Park. Arrived today and it's stunning. Really looking forward to photographing the eclipse tomorrow morning. And then get to spend 3 days here in this photographer's playground. iPhone 15 Pro Max photos.

Gorgeous Fall color on the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park today.
10/13/2023

Gorgeous Fall color on the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park today.

A beautiful Sunset over Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest mountains, near Denver, CO.
10/10/2023

A beautiful Sunset over Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest mountains, near Denver, CO.

Sunset from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Nikon D850, Nikon 70-200 E Fl lens.
10/07/2023

Sunset from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Nikon D850, Nikon 70-200 E Fl lens.

Comet NEOWISE over the badlands of Southern Utah. Nikon D850, Nikon 70-200 E Fl, 70mm ISO 6400, f/2.8
10/06/2023

Comet NEOWISE over the badlands of Southern Utah. Nikon D850, Nikon 70-200 E Fl, 70mm ISO 6400, f/2.8

Upper Kanarra Fall, Kanarraville, Utah.
10/04/2023

Upper Kanarra Fall, Kanarraville, Utah.

Star Trails over Toadstool Hoodoos in GSENM, Utah.Technique:-----------I set my camera's shutter to 30 seconds and conti...
10/03/2023

Star Trails over Toadstool Hoodoos in GSENM, Utah.

Technique:
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I set my camera's shutter to 30 seconds and continuous shooting. Then with a remote shutter I took 360 continuous exposures for a total time of 3 hours. Due to the rotation of the Earth about its axis, the stars apparently move around the Earth. Since the Earth's axis is pointed North/ South (i.e. towards the North Star or Polaris), including Polaris (the center of the circle) in the frame will cause it to appear static and all the other stars around Polaris to 'apparently' rotate about it. The second way of doing this is to take one continuous shot of between 20 mins to several hours (the longer the time, the better and longer the trails). However there are several issues doing that - camera's sensors tend to get very hot if the exposure it too long, giving rise to amp glow and noise. Moreover, there is a chance of something untoward happening in one exposure (like someone shining a light on the foreground etc., causing the entire shot to spoil). By taking multiple exposures, you can always just discard the one exposure that has any issues.

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Heading towards 'The Wave' in Coyote Buttes North, Arizona.
09/28/2023

Heading towards 'The Wave' in Coyote Buttes North, Arizona.

The Milky Way over the hoodoos of Southern Utah.
09/26/2023

The Milky Way over the hoodoos of Southern Utah.

Coyote Buttes North, Arizona.
09/25/2023

Coyote Buttes North, Arizona.

The beautiful 'Stella Lake' in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, at sunrise today.
09/24/2023

The beautiful 'Stella Lake' in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, at sunrise today.

When the climb up is easy, but coming down is hard. 'The Wave', Coyote Buttes North, AZ
09/24/2023

When the climb up is easy, but coming down is hard. 'The Wave', Coyote Buttes North, AZ

Fall in Coyote Gulch, Utah.
09/23/2023

Fall in Coyote Gulch, Utah.

A backpacker hikes into the depths of Buckskin Gulch in Utah. Buckskin Gulch is one of the longest slot canyons in the w...
09/22/2023

A backpacker hikes into the depths of Buckskin Gulch in Utah. Buckskin Gulch is one of the longest slot canyons in the world at 15 miles long.

Wotan's Throne as seen from Cape Royal, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, today morning.
09/21/2023

Wotan's Throne as seen from Cape Royal, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, today morning.

'Mini Wave', Coyote Buttes North, Arizona.
09/21/2023

'Mini Wave', Coyote Buttes North, Arizona.

Beautiful day at 'The Wave' in Coyote Buttes North, Arizona today.
09/20/2023

Beautiful day at 'The Wave' in Coyote Buttes North, Arizona today.

Sunset at Upper Cathedral Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA.
09/12/2023

Sunset at Upper Cathedral Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA.

Caught this hiker chilling on Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah. To her right you can see where the rockfall av...
09/07/2023

Caught this hiker chilling on Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah. To her right you can see where the rockfall avalanche blocked off the Hidden Canyon and East Rim Trails in August 2019. Weeping Rock Trail reopened in November 2022.

Currently backpacking in Yosemite. Was a gorgeous sunset at Upper Cathedral Lake yesterday. Perfect weather too. Today I...
08/31/2023

Currently backpacking in Yosemite. Was a gorgeous sunset at Upper Cathedral Lake yesterday. Perfect weather too. Today I'm camped at the base of Clouds Rest.

The Virgin River winds through 'Wall Street' in 'The Narrows', Zion National Park, Utah.
08/22/2023

The Virgin River winds through 'Wall Street' in 'The Narrows', Zion National Park, Utah.

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