Starry Night

First, I need to apologize for my lack of posting lately, it seems that life has been in the way of photographing anything recently.  I’ll try to get out photgraphing more often so I can post more often.

Anyway, recently I’ve been wanting to photograph the Milky Way, and the best time to do it is during or close to a New Moon.  The most recent one was this past Sunday, so Monday night I went up on a hill near Zion National Park to capture our Galaxy in all its glory.  I got up there before sunset to get everything ready for the night’s adventure.  While I was waiting for it to get dark, I decided to get some sunset photos of the surrounding peaks.

Here is the Watchman in all its splendor:IMG_0842.jpg

Also, here is the West Temple, with neighboring Mount Kinesava:IMG_0829.jpg

Not to be out done, but here are the Eagle’s Crags: IMG_0801.jpg

I also chanced upon some wild flowers that were still in bloom:   IMG_0851.jpg

When it came time to actually photograph the Milky Way, I spent the next couple of hours photographing away, enjoying the view of the night sky, and basking in the solitude of the mountain.  When I got home and processed the images, I realized that my camera was out of focus the entire time!  The thumbnails looked great, but at full size every image was fuzzy and out of focus except the sunset shots.

Life can be out of focus sometimes, even though we’re looking at it and everything seems to be in focus and on track, then we view the experiences from a distance or as a thumbnail it seems to be in focus, but when analyzed and viewed up close, its blurry and out of focus and needs to be fixed or done over.  The only real way to change that is to get out there and redo what should have been done the first time, having learned from that mistake and made everything in focus and better all around.

I did the only thing I could do, and that was to go back out and try again.  Even though the moon is waxing and staying up longer, it didn’t affect the images in any way.  In fact it helped.  I was having the same issue as before of having the camera out of focus, so I focused on the moon and got some great shots of the Waxing Crescent Moon.

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The bright star below the moon  on the horizon is actually Venus!  Anyway, I got settled in, and had a small red lantern on so I wouldn’t be stumbling all over the place in the dark.  Well, I later discovered there were some unexpected benefits from that light.  I was also able to fix the focus issue of the camera and got some beautiful shots of the night sky.

Here is the Milky Way in all its beauty and splendor!

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Enjoy!

Kelly

Gallery Updates

On the advice from a fellow blogger, I organized my galleries to be subject specific.  There is a new gallery for Bryce Canyon National Park (I realize I need to post more photos of this beautiful place), Grand Canyon National Park, and of course, my beloved Zion National Park.  I also posted galleries for flowers and birds, with a gallery for Ancient Art, Arizona, and Other Animals in the works.

Enjoy the images! Remember, they are all available for purchase.  Contact me for details.

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Art Show

I have entered an art show at the Canyon Community Center, located at 126 Lion Blvd in Springdale, Utah. This show is running through October 3rd, so if you’re in the area please stop by.

It is also an art contest and there were many amazing entries. The arts are very appreciated and supported very well here, and there are many talented artists as well.

I have entered two pieces in this show and they are featured in my blog. (See Geranium Richardsonii and the image on my front page.)

These are my friends who graciously attended the show and took photos for me (although they missed the reception-sorry).

By the way, these images are for sale, and info is on the pillar inside the show. For those not able to attend, they are $650 plus shipping.

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Photo of the Week: Geranium Robertsonii (with a little help)

I recently was able to get up on the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park.  It was a balmy 73 degrees, breezy and overcast.  Absolutely gorgeous!!  In the lower elevations, it’s already mid summer with temperatures seeing past 100 degrees almost daily.  However up on the mountain, where it’s over 9,000 feet above sea level, it’s still Spring!!  I found this beautiful flower that I had never seen before, so I started taking photos of it.  While I was doing that, a bee decided to stop by and pollinate the flower I was photographing.  Talk about a one in a million flowers, right?  I only found out today that the flower is a Robertson’s Geranium (Geranium Robertsonii)  (with a little help from a bee.)  Enjoy!IMG_0684

Digital Images For Sale

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Reflections

 

I now offer digital files to be purchased.  These will be emailed to you as a file.  The dimensions are 1028 x 768 resolution.  They will also have my logo embedded into the lower right corner of the image.  You will be able to use this image as a background on your computer screen or as a 4×6 print for PERSONAL USE ONLY.  This will be offered at $5 per image. To order these images, just enter the number or name of the file, listed in the gallery, into the PayPal form at the bottom of  the Order Form page on my Website.  Your email address is required, and will be entered when you check out with PayPal.  You may order as many photos as you like, then check out using the View Cart button.  As always, regular prints are available as well, by using the Order Form.  Just enter the name or number of the image, dimensions, whether print or canvas, framed or unframed into the form.

 

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Macro Photography

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine Wild Weekly Photo Challenge

for bloggers. This week’s Challenge is: Macro Photography!

It was very difficult to pick which photo to use, so I broke it down to three:

This is a close up of Stinging Nettle that is very pretty to look at, but not to touch.
This is the endangered Las Vegas Poppy that I found in the desert just east of Las Vegas, NV.
And last but not least:
One of my favorites, a Monarch Butterfly drinking the nectar from some flowers.

Website update

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. A lot has happened since then. I left the big city of Las Vegas, Nevada, and moved to paradise: Zion National Park! I’m enjoying the peace and tranquility, seeing mule deer, wild turkeys and many varieties of birds.

I’ve also completed a major update to my website www.kellyguymon.com. I’ve added several new photographs in each category and also added a gallery for Bryce Canyon NP. I’ve also changed the sizes available to be from a 16×20 to a 40×50 and sizes in between. You can use the Order Form on my website to order prints. Just remember to include the name/number of the photograph, size, color of mat, color of frame, and whether you want a metal or wood frame. Each piece is fully customizable and if you don’t see the photo you’re looking for, let me know and I’ll see if it’s in my library.