Bodie Open Until 10 pm Tonight, with Supermoon Rise

Bodie is offering one of its Ghost Stories tour nights tonight, which means that they let other park visitors stay late too. It's also a "supermoon" full moon today, and in a setting like Bodie with an eastern horizon about 3.5 degrees in elevation it'll rise over the apparent horizon during or right after peak sky color, about 20 minutes after sunset.

It gets fully dark around 9:04 pm, so you can also have nearly an hour of full moon night photography before the park closes. As you can imagine, the park can be super crowded on a night like this, so don't expect to have it, or any particular subject, to yourself, but for the novelty of the overall experience or for practice shooting interesting subjects (and people) under full moon lighting, it's nice that the park makes such opportunities available.

For a much longer, much less crowded experience, we have two more nights left in Bodie this year, October 11 and 12, when we'll enjoy dark, moonless skies and 5 hours of fully dark night shooting in Bodie:
#supermoon #fullmoon #astrophotography #Bodie

Originally shared by +Jeff Sullivan

Look for the Moon Rise at Sunset Tonight!
It'll clear the horizon around 7:30 pm in Bodie tonight… I'm heading there now!
#moon #moonphotography #astrophotography


Burning Man 2012

As I saw posts on social media from people going to Burning Man next week, I realized that I hadn't gotten through all of my photos from the last time I went, in 2012. Between the heat, the dust and the darkness, the conditions can be challenging for photography, but with hundreds of works of art and mutant vehicles, it's a hotbed of creativity and a riot of color.

In spite of a ban on commercial activity within the event, estimates on the economic impact on Northern Nevada alone ranged from $35 – 44M in 2012 (not including participants' preparations at home). Home Depot, Wal-Mart and many other retail establishments get cleaned out this week, selling building and camping supplies and groceries.
#burningman #Nevada #blackrockdesert #BLM #2012


Supermoon Saturday is Coming!

Do you know where your moon will be? With +PhotoPills you can figure it out!
#astrophotography #astronomy #supermoon #moon #photography

All You Need To Make This Saturday’s Supermoon Shine In Your Photos | PhotoPills
You’re about to learn how to shoot pictures of the Supermoon that will give people goosebumps. Are you ready?

Yosemite Landscape Photography Guide

My new book covers California landscape photography locations from Yosemite south. I'll have books in hand to sign and ship in about 2 weeks! More information and ordering:

#california #travelphotography #guide #book #landscapephotography


Yosemite Chapter

This is the header page for my chapter covering Yosemite National Park, in my new guidebook to California landscape photography locations:

I'll have copies signed and shipping in about 2 weeks!

#california #californiaphotography #travelphotography #book


"Photographing California" pre-orders open today!

Pre-orders open today for my new guidebook to California landscape photography locations:

Pass on the news!

This 320-page guide to California from Yosemite south is the latest volume in the popular collection of books by travel guide publisher Laurent Martres, who wrote the first three "Photographing the Southwest" books.

Hopefully this first book of mine will sell well, so I can start another!
#california #photography #travel #book #landscapephotography


Forest health in a changing world

My Yosemite Rim Fire night time-lapse clip appears 0:37-0:46 in this new educational video by +Science Magazine :…/special-issue-forest-health-ch…
via Science

#science #forests #climatechange #nightphotography

Special issue: Forest health in a changing world
The importance of forest health in maintaining a healthy planet

Walker Fire in the Mono Basin

Time-lapse video footage from early yesterday morning of the fire burning south of Lee Vining, southwest of Mono Lake. There are airplanes and satellites as you’d expect, but it looks like the camera caught a few late Perseid meteors as well.

Watch in HD on YouTube:

An update on the fire as of 8 am this morning:
Date Started: 8/14/2015
Cause: Human
Total Personnel: 484
Injuries/Illnesses to Date: 0
Size: 3,715 acres Structures Threatened: 235
Percent Contained: 35%
Resources: 4 helicopters, 0 seats, 2 Air tankers Engines 34, Crews 10, Water Tenders 6, Dozers 4
Structures Lost: 0
Estimated Containment: 8/23/2015

#walkerfire #california #wildfires #californiadrought

Bernie Sanders at the University of Nevada, Reno

I shot with my Canon DSLR and a 70-200 mm lens in my right hand, while broadcasting a live stream on Periscope via an iPhone in my left hand (great workout). Pre-event estimates were forecasting 2500 to attend but estimates of actual attendance seem to range from 4000-5000, and Periscope said that 2717 more tuned in to the live broadcast from my iPhone!

Although some recent comprehensive polls show Bernie ahead of all other presidential candidates from any party, apparently many states have closed primary or caucus primary elections, and you can't vote for a candidate like Bernie unless you register as a Democrat in time for the primary phase of the elections. Take out moderate Republicans who want to see Citizens united repealed, and Hillary leads Bernie among Democratic-only voters, so voter restrictions in the primaries could eliminate popular candidates like Bernie and Trump before they reach the general election unless supporters make sure that they're registered in the party of the candidate they are most likely to support, and they vote in the primary election.

Periscope user ID: Jeff Sullivan Photo,@jeffsullphoto on Twitter
#berniesanders #BernieinReno #berniesanders2016


In Album Bernie Sanders in Reno August 18, 2015

Before the Spill: Animas River, Durango, Colorado

Fly fishing on the Animas River in Durango, Colorado in the fall.

This is where the toxic spill happened in the past week; over 100 miles of river has been poisoned so far.

That toxic spill is what the "free market" looks like. Mining companies are "free" to fail to set aside enough money to provide adequate cleanup, then go bankrupt, and the executives are free to do this knowingly and remain completely shielded from all liability. It happens over and over and over, all across the country.

So mines that were never really economically viable with cleanup costs considered are free to develop anyway, and the rest of the country is free to have the burden of the costs dumped on them (not to mention having toxic waste dumped in their water supply).

That's why there was a million gallons of toxic waste water for the EPA to (try to manage and) accidentally release in the first place… the market was free and unregulated enough to leave it there.

Such a spill could happen at a mine in Redding, California, where the +U.S. Environmental Protection Agency operates a treatment plant that holds back millions of gallons of Iron Mountain Mine waste that could poison the Sacramento River, then San Francisco Bay. It almost happened already (1997?).

And to think that some Presidential candidates want to eliminate the EPA, and simply let these toxic floods happen at random and with more frequency.

How will the free, unregulated market work for you when your water supply is poisoned?

#animasriver #colorado #durango #freemarket #EPA


Blue Hour at the Bodie Church

A shot that I ran across from one of our night photography workshops in late June 2013. We've opened up separate registration for nights and mornings/interiors to fill our last few spots for 2015:

#bodiestatehistoricpark #californiaphotography #nightphotography +Bodie Photo Workshops