Wayne Pinkston
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Landscape Astrophotography. Stardust to Stars. Sleepless Nights and Starry Skies. pintaram__pintaram__pintaram__pintaram__pintaram______For Workshops see:

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Swipe left! __________________________________________. Wall to Wall Wallstreet: Another location I’ve been wanting to capture is “Wall Street” in Arches National Park. I’ve wanted to see if I could make an interesting composition in this location. Wall Street is a trail between large buttes and spires on each side. To include the Milky Way I had to get to the north end of the trail and look south. This is a panorama of approximately 240 degrees, trying to capture the towering walls on each side. I still didn’t capture the feeling of the immense walls on each side, but you can get an idea of the landscape. This is a panorama. The sky was captured at 14 mm, f/2.8, 29 sec., and ISO 4,000. The foreground was captured at 14 mm, f/2.0, 120 sec., and ISO 6400. Images combined in PS. Thanks for looking! Wayne

The world doesn’t really need another photo of Delicate Arch, lol, but it took me multiple tries to get a clean image, so I’m posting it anyway. I have been thwarted by clouds, wildfires, and people, and on one occasion when I took friends there I even found that I forgot to put my camera in my backpack! Note to self: If you forget your camera then you might as well forget the tripod as well. 😳 Anyway, the location is so crowded I started dreading going there. This time everyone went home by 1:00 a.m. and I had the location to myself do 1-2 hours until the clouds rolled in. Yeah!!! This is a stack in Starry Landscape Stacker with Low Level Lighting. There is a light panel off to the left and a Goal Zero Micro Lantern under the arch. I think there were about 15 images, 24 mm, f/2.8, 15 sec., ISO 10,000. Thanks for looking!

Well, this is a little different for me, definitely not the desert, lol. This is a small panorama, clinging to the wall of the cave as the tide came in, just before morning astronomical twilight. I wish I had more time to work the scene, but I was concerned the rising tide would trap me in the cave. ___________________________________________. In April I had the chance to go to the Great Barrier Island in New Zealand and I was a participant and in a night workshop there. It is a fabulous location for night seascapes. I stayed around for an extra 5 nights and loved the ocean landscape. I just have not had the chance to process any images until now. The island is large, beautiful, lightly inhabited, and a Dark Sky Sanctuary. It is as dark or darker than any place I’ve been. I had a great local guide @darkskysanctuary, thanks so much Carol!!! ___________________________________________ This experience has gotten me wishing to go back for more. So here’s a question: Is there anyone out there who would be interested in a landscape astrophotography workshop on the Great Barrier Island in New Zealand in April 2020? I’m guessing the cost would be around $3000 USD, including lodging and meals, maybe less. Maybe a lot less, lol. We would rent an entire small Inn and meals would be served there. I’m trying to gage interest. Drop me an email if it sounds interesting to you.

The Singularity: Great Sand Dunes National Park. 8 images stacked in SLS. The sand dunes here are huge, and getting across the larger dunes with a backpack of photo gear had me questioning my sanity, lol. Three steps up and 2-2 1/2 sliding back down. I actually got more tired going up the dunes than any mountain I can remember. 😳 ___________________________________________ Anyway I got over the crest of the larger dunes and found this extensive depression between the dunes, like a deep amphitheater. It looked like a black hole was swallowing the earth, so I call it The Singularity. ___________________________________________ I was concerned that it might be hard to climb out of the depression, and I did not want to create footprints, so I took a small Goal Zero lantern, tied to to some strong fishing line (don’t leave home without it), and used my best baseball throw to launch the light into the depths of the hole. Surprisingly it worked, lighting the cavity from below. Still not sure if it was worth it, but this was the result, like the earth is being swallowed. It’s a little different anyway The glow in the distance is the town of Alamosa, Co.

It’s like looking through the Eye of a Whale... Panorama, 10 images, Nikon 850, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec., ISO 12,800.

Spots available in our Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Worksop July 29-31 and August 1-3, 2019, due to cancellations. Come and join us! If interested please contact me at the email address above: waynepinkstonphoto@gmail.com ______________________________________ Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. These trees are up to and occasionally over 5,000 years old. That means there were growing when the great pyramids were being built in Egypt. It’s a fascinating location, and a location to humble the soul.

Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. _______________________________________No. 14 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding lands. They abandoned the area around 1300 C.E., and the cause has been a long standing mystery, although a long term drought is thought to contribute. They are believed to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Modern Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. _______________________________________

False Kiva in Canyonlands National Park. This site is now shut down to visitation, apparently due to abuse of the site. Previously this was a fairly common site for photographers due to the magnificent view out of the front of the alcove. Note the hazy in distinct appearance of the sky along the horizon. This is due to a large amount of smoke in the air from wildfires. Low Level Lighting, LLL, was used in the alcove, and also to illuminate the far ridge wall. Single exposure, 14-24 mm lens, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec., ISO 6400. _______________________________________No. 13 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding lands. They abandoned the area around 1300 C.E., and the cause has been a long standing mystery, although a long term drought is thought to contribute. They are believed to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Modern Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. _______________________________________

Ancient Puebloan Ruins in an alcove in the SW US. There is not much of the Milky Way Galaxy on this one, but there are at least 2 others galaxies visible, The Andromeda and Triangulum Galaxies in the Left mid sky. This alcove is a bit different than most. Most alcoves are south facing on purpose, to receive more sun in winter and more shade in summer. This alcove is northeast facing. _______________________________________No. 12 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding lands. They abandoned the area around 1300 C.E., and the cause has been a long standing mystery, although a long term drought is thought to contribute. They are believed to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Modern Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. _______________________________________

Panorama looking out an alcove containing of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the Southwest US. Circa 1250 C.E. This is a particularly beautiful setting, looking out on a small collection of trees by a small stream cutting through a canyon. Standing in an isolated site like this and looking out at the night sky you can get a glimpse of the world that these ancient people lived in. _______________________________________ The people preferred to build in south facing alcoves for winter sun and summer shade. This means that you usually look out from the alcove to see the Milky Way. It’s like looking out of a giant window to the stars! ______________________________________No. 11 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding lands. They abandoned the area around 1300 C.E., and the cause has been a long standing mystery, although a long term drought is thought to contribute. They are believed to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Modern Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. _______________________________________

Sky gazing in Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico. Circa 1050 C.E. Note: You need a special use permit from the park to go here at night and you n must be accompanied by a ranger. ______________________________________ No. 10 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding lands. They abandoned the area around 1300 C.E., and the cause has been a long standing mystery, although a long term drought is thought to contribute. They are believed to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Modern Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. _______________________________________

The Great Kiva at Kin Kletso Great House in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico. You need a Special Use Permit to go here at night and must be accompanied by a ranger. Circa 1125 C.E. ______________________________________ No. 9 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding lands. They abandoned the area around 1300 C.E., and the cause has been a long standing mystery, although a long term drought is thought to contribute. They are believed to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Modern Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. _______________________________________

Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. Panorama. 14-24 mm lens, 10 images vertically, 14 mm, f 2.8, 30 seconds, ISO 8,000. ______________________________________ No. 8 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding lands. They abandoned the area around 1300 C.E., and the cause has been a long standing mystery, although a long term drought is thought to contribute. They are believed to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Modern Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. _______________________________________

Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. ______________________________________ No. 7 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding lands. They are thought to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Modern Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. _______________________________________

Ancient Puebloan Ruins at Kin Kletso Great House in Chaco Culture National Historic Park. You need a special use permit to go here and must be accompanied by a ranger at night. 20 mm, f/2.0, 20 seconds, ISO 12,800. Single exposure. _______________________________________ No. 6 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding lands. They are thought to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Modern Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. _______________________________________

Swipe Left for the RAW image. Aurora, Norway. 24 mm, f/1.4, 4.0 seconds, ISO 10,000, 4000K, Canon 1Dx, Rokinon 24 mm 1.4 lens.

Panorama - Swipe Left - Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. Tiny key chain lights were placed in the structures with fishing line several years ago. No ruins were touched. Note: I have been looking informed that there is now a rule that says you cannot place lights within the ruins that was not in place at the time. If you visit any of the ruins please tread gently and do never touch any of the structures. Please treat these vestiges of the past with great respect. Panorama, 12 images, 14-24 mm lens, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec., ISO 8,000. _______________________________________ No. 5 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding lands. They are thought to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. _______________________________________ Many of the dwellings were built on mesa tops and in open areas until around 1200 C.E., after which many habitats were build in alcoves in the cliffs, possibly due to increased strife resulting from drought. _______________________________________ Just for fun, we have 2 galaxies visible (Milky Way and Andromeda- upper center), and 2 meteors.

Ruins of an Ancient Puebloan Tower in the SW USA. 14-24 mm lens, 14 mm, f/2.8, 20 sec., ISO 6400. _______________________________________ No. 4 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape. They are thought to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. ________________________________________ Many of the dwellings were built on mesa tops and in open areas until around 1200 C.E., after which many habitats were build in alcoves in the cliffs, possibly due to increased strife resulting from drought. ________________________________________