Dave Morrow Photography

2015 Star Photography Workshop Schedule - Out Now

After a sold out year in 2014, I'm excited to announce my 2015 Star Photography Workshop Schedule. I'll also be releasing a workshop for Southern California and an international location within the next few months.
Click on any of the workshops below for complete details & registration
Mount Rainier National Park Star Photography Workshops
Night Skies of the Pacific Northwest || 6 Day / 5 Night Star Photography Workshop
Crater Lake National Park Star Photography Workshops

Here are a few more of my favorite star photos
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? My summer star photography workshop schedule for 2014 is now up and running.Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops
This was taken at one of the locations we will shoot from during the Mount Rainier Workshops and The Night Skies of the Pacific Northwest Tour
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com
This was taken at one of the locations we will shoot from during the Mount Rainier Workshops and The Night Skies of the Pacific Northwest Tour
Nothing's Shocking - Ruby Beach, WACheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? My summer star photography workshop schedule for 2014 is now up and running.Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops
We will shoot from this location during the Night Skies of the Pacific Northwest Tour
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comRead the full blog post here -->http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/12/flyin-high-crater-lake-oregon.html
We will shoot from this location during the Crater Lake Workshops and Night Skies of the Pacific Northwest Workshop / Tour

2015 & 2016 Star Photography Workshop Info // Moon Shadow - Mount Hood Oregon

After countless hours of scouting, researching, planning and of course taking photos, I'm almost ready to release my 2015 & 2016 Star Photography Workshop Schedule!

These new workshops will span the entire West Coast of the United States, including locations such as Death Valley National  Park, Crater Lake National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Grand Teton National Park, The North Cascades ( Washington State ) and a few more which may just include Yosemite National Park & Mono Lake. I've also planned a top secret international location which I'll be releasing later this year.

My star photography workshops cover every aspect and skill required to take some awesome, Milky Way, star trail, and night sky photos. Some of these skill sets include planning for your shoot, scouting for great locations, the basics of star / planetary motion, and of course shooting & post processing.

Want an in depth feel for what these workshops are all about? Check out my 2014 Star Photography Workshops Page, & get a good idea of what to expect. You can also visit my star photography portfolio to get a feel for the kind of pictures you will learn to photograph & post process!

Along with the workshops noted above I'll also be publishing a set of four e-books which will cover all aspects of night sky, Milky Way and star trail photography. The longest of these e-books will be free of charge.

If you think you may be interested in any of the workshops or e-books feel free to provide your email in the box below & I'll send out a friendly reminder a few days before I release the information to the public. Signing up will give anyone on the mailing list priority for dates, locations & signup.

PS: You won't be getting any additional SPAM or other junk mail from me, I promise!

Dave's 2015/2016 Star Photography Workshops Mailing List

The Shot
In my opinion this is one of Mount Hood's most under rated vantage points, especially in the winter months. We arrived just after midnight as the rising moon was sitting low in the sky casting shadows and amazing light over most of the landscape.

With a tall snow embankment on my left, the moon's light didn't touch the foreground but blazed it's light across the remainder of the landscape. Slight cloud cover gives a nice glow to the stars with Mount Hood looming in the background. When printed full size you can see the snow flakes sparkle in the light, but standing there it almost felt like there were small blinking lights covering the ground.

This photo is composed of two shots ( same composition ), 1 at a short exposure time / high ISO to capture the stars without creating star trails. Another shot was taken at lower ISO and longer exposure time to capture the rest of the scene without generating as much noise. These two shots were taken seconds apart to capture what I saw that night. Fresh snow + night skies = Good times!

As always, click the photo to see it full size on a black background:)
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comRead the full blog post --> http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2014/05/the-wild-coast-olympic-national-park.htmlIn my opinion this is one of Mount Hood's most under rated vantage points, especially in the winter. We arrived just after midnight as the moon was starting to rise. With the moon still low in the sky it cast some awesome shadows and amazing light all over the landscape. With a tall snow embankment on my left the moon's light didn't touch the foreground but blazed it's light across the remainder of the photo. Slight cloud cover gives a nice glow to the stars with Mount Hood in the background. I wanted to portray the soft light of the moon that was cast over the entire scene. This shot is composed of two shots. 1 at a short exposure time to capture the stars at high ISO and another at a longer exposure time and lower ISO to capture the rest of the scene without generating as much noise. Snow + Night skies = Good times!

The Wild Coast - Olympic National Park, Washington

I've been spending a massive amount of time on the Olympic Peninsula lately. Last weekend we backpacked a few days into the rain forest to capture the streams and lush greens that spring brings to this part of the country.

Here is a quick video I took with my Nexus 5 this past weekend while hiking in the rain forest. If you listen closely you can hear a bunch of bird noises in the back ground. Click 1080P for best resolution:)

The Behind the Scenes shot shown below was taken from the same location as my Portfolio image ( included at the bottom of this blog post ) after the moon had risen a bit more. This particular weekend the weather was really nice so I threw my hammock in the trees right by the fire. With the waves crashing, and a nice breeze coming off the ocean, it was unbeatable.
Our camp fire burns as the moon illuminates the Pacific waters of Olympic National Parks Wild Coast.
Camping on the Pacific Coast / Taken at very high ISO, hand held, just after midnight.

The Shot
I've been scouting this location for a while, trying to get something new and unique as there are a ton of great shots from the beach seen in the foreground. This time of year The Milky Way rises in the South late in the evening. This still wouldn't really give off enough light to illuminate the awesome landscape of the Pacific Coast.

Just the right soft light was necessary to show off all the small details and sea stacks cover the coast in this region of the country. After an attempt early in the year with a crescent moon there still wasn't enough light.

Going back to the same location again with a 96% moon seemed to do the trick. As the moon rose from the East ( just out of the top left corner of this photo ), it lit up most of the landscape and threw some amazing shadows over everything else. The colors were soft, and a light fog / mist from the ocean's surf started to cover the coast line. Multiple exposures were taken to experiment with exposure time, and the effect that these exposure times had on the color and feel / texture of the water.

Finally everything came together... an almost silvery moon glow coming off the ocean in the immediate foreground, a soft haze rising from the coast as it fades into the background, and the over all dreamy feel that the Pacific Coast provides at night, under a nearly full moon. 

Painted in the Sky - Lost Lake, Oregon

I have a ton of new stuff to share with you all that I've been working on for the past few weeks including some magazine article & cover features along with a few new photos and some hiking / traveling tips for trip planning that I found to be really cool.

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with David duChemin & his team over at Craft & Vision on a photography interview which is included in their latest issue of Photograph Magazine. Along with the interview there are a bunch of Milky Way and star photography photos included as well. If you're interested in picking up a copy you can click here to purchase Photograph Issue No. 7. There are a bunch of other good articles in the issue as well that prove to be good reads.

I've also recently collaborated with Washington State Magazine to provide them with the front cover of their Summer 2014 Edition.

This time of year is really exciting for me because all of the great mountainous locations in the Pacific Northwest, Montana, and Canada are starting to open up providing unlimited photography and travel locations. Pouring over maps every day I've been able to nail down a bunch of good stuff to add to my Summer To Do List.

Paul Weeks & I are headed to Glacier National Park to hike 4 days in the back country along with 3 more days exploring some of the day hikes that the park has to offer. GNP ( Glacier National Park ) is a massive region and almost impossible to navigate with out expert help or hours upon hours of research.  After a few days of research I was feeling pretty overwhelmed by the entire trip, until I found the Hike734 website which is run by Jake Bramante. When it comes to planning an awesome trip in GNP's back country look no further than this website. Using some topographic maps and the videos and info he provided I was able to nail down an awesome 4 day excursion in the middle of no where.

Summer Star Photography Workshops Update
After the last update nearly all of the workshop spots sold out. I now have 3 open spots left for the Friday August 29th Star Photography Workshop @ Mount Rainier National Park. After these are gone no I won't offer any other workshops til 2015. These will go very fast, so grab your spots ASAP if you're interested.

The Shot
For night photographers this is the time of year when the Milky Way starts to come back into view in the Pacific Northwest. Last weekend I was able to take a one on one workshop participant to Lost Lake to capture some of the amazing star action that's going on. After scouting out exactly where the Milky Way would rise we set up our tripods and started to shoot. The night ended up turning out in our favor, along with some amazing clear skies with an added cloud here and there for good measure which I think added some nice detail. Although most of the time was spent teaching and enjoying the scenery, I was able to sneak one shot in before we packed up and called it a night.

You can thank Smugmug for the small photo resolution seen below. They seem to be having some trouble with their website that they are not able to fix at the time. Hopefully I'll be back to posting in 900px wide as soon as possible:)
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comI've been wanting to get up to Lost Lake to shoot the Milky Way for a while now. After a few failed attempts in the past with clouds covering the sky I finally got a few shots I liked this past weekend.There were intermittent clouds, so I waited and waited and waited until the Mount Hood ( approx 11,000 feet ) and the Milky Way were visible to click off my shutter.In this photo I really wanted to convey the soft light and color tones that the stars leave on the water and surrounding landscapes when there is not much ambient city light to ruin the scene. After standing there long enough, and letting your eyes adjust, the stars twinkle brightly in the water.Thoughts, critique and comments always welcome!This is a single exposure processed in Lightroom & Photoshop.

Night Mystic - Abisko, Sweden

Spring is full force here in the Pacific Northwest, which has given me plenty of opportunities to spend my time outside camping, hiking and exploring the landscapes that surround this region. My goal for the season is to backpack / hike to as many places as possible that don't get photographed by the masses. Most of these locations require 15-20 miles of hiking which is great if you enjoy escaping for a bit.

There are also some really neat weekend hikes that I'd highly recommend to anyone. TDH Mountain Hike near Portland is a great day trip, with some nice views for either sunrise or sunset. For anyone that likes the coastal regions, Second & Third Beach Hikes on the Olympic Peninsula are also great.

For anyone that may still be interested I have 6 total spots left for the 2014 season. They are all for the August workshops which are held at Mount Rainier National Park. We also do a sunrise and sunset session which is included in the workshop providing you with 8+ hours of photography instruction. Click here for full details & signup.

Although I don't usually have cell phone service while hiking, I always like to carry my phone along for videos and photos ( most are posted to my Behind the Scenes Album ). Here is a photo from this past weekends hike in the Mount Hood Wilderness. My buddy Chase made a really cool video from our weekend hike. You can also find a video I took here, which is a bit shaky and lacks in comparison to Chase's but you might enjoy it anyway:)
Mount Hood Wilderness under heavy fog
Hiking in the Mount Hood Wilderness / Nexus 5 + VSCO Cam

The Shot 
It usually takes me weeks after a big photography trip to sit down and organize all of the photos. After getting back from the Arctic Circle it took more like 2 months. None the less I feel that organizing your photos and getting all of the ones you REALLY like compiled into a big collection is a huge help. There is nothing worse than sitting down with a head full of inspiration to process some photos, only to see a bunch photos you don't really like. I prefer to sit down, click on my "Ready to Process" folder in Lightroom and get to work on something that I already know I'd like to work on.

Conor MacNeill and I landed in Kiruna Sweden early in the morning and were on the road scouting for sunset locations within the hour. With endless fields of snow, small icy creeks, and pine forests we were in heaven. After sunset we started our drive towards Norway where we planned to explore for the next week. On the way we got a pretty good display of the Aurora on our first night. Here is one of the many shots I took that night.When you're out under the Aurora everything is bathed in a soft glow of greens, purples and yellows. Over a 5-15 second exposure these colors and lights show up even more than can be depicted by the human eye.

As for all of my shots, they display much better on a black background, so please click the photo to view:)

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