Bodie 2016 Calendar Cover Image!

Congratulations to +Ryan Watamura for having his image selected for the cover of the 2016 Bodie calendar! The Bodie Foundation conducts an annual contest to select images for their calendar, which raises funds for building stabilization in the park.

This "Angel of Bodie" statue is in the Bodie Cemetery, marking the grave of three year old Evelyn Myers.

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The Angel of Bodie.

Known as the "Angel of Bodie," Evelyn was the daughter of Fannie O. and Albert K. Myers. She was accidentally struck on the head by a pick axe while a drainage ditch was dug around their house. +Bodie Photo Workshops +Jeff Sullivan +Lori Hibbett +Maximilian Laue #bodie #bodiephotoworkshops #bodiefoundation #angel #angelofbodie

 

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Cosmic Perspective

The disk of the Milky Way as seen in the clear dark skies of California's Mojave Desert on April 19 at 4:37 am. The brighter portion is looking towards the dense, center portion of our galaxy and the less bright portion is looking out towards the rest of the universe.

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Night in the Mojave

Joshua trees are an indicator species for the Mojave Desert ecosystem, stretching from Southern California into Nevada, Arizona and Utah.

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Fun shot of the Milky Way over Bodie's green truck by +Larry Gibson

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I shoot this at Bodie ghost town last Aug.
Nikon D7000 11-16 mm @16mm ISO 4000 25 sec.
I light painted truck and shack using LED light panel for 3 sec.
Happy New Year !!! #lightpainting #boide #landscapephotography #milkywayphotography

 

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Couldn't Resist Sharing

I'm pretty good at holding back images which I don't want to have copied right away, but I only lasted a few weeks on this one.  I'm heading back to Bodie twice next week for Milky Way shooting, so I should have plenty of opportunities to pursue new compositions.
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Milky Way over well and Miner's Union Hall
We've added Friday, July 25 to our Bodie workshop schedule to squeeze in one more great Milky Way night before the opportunity passes.  Each time we visit Bodie  we try to set up a few new compositions as well as perfect the classics.  With only 3 hours or so of full darkness in the park before we leave at 1 am, time management is one of the biggest challenges, so we try to be efficient as we go from shot to shot.  The Milky Way provides its own unique set of opportunities and challenges, since each month it moves two hours later in its annual cycle.  It's highest in June and July (near the Summer solstice), but the days are longer so dark nighttime shooting before 1 am is shorter.  The orientation of the Milky Way changes as well, and it moves in compass direction SE to SW.  It shows up best on dark nights near the new moon date, so only one, maybe two weekends each month. Next week we'll be there twice, starting July 19 then again July 25, so we'll have similar conditions on the two nights.

The new July 25 workshop is already 1/3 full from people asking me to add a 2014 date… would anyone else care to join us? http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/
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Milky Way over well and Miner’s Union Hall, Bodie California. Each time we visit we try to set up a few new compositions, as well as hit the classics. With only 3 hours or so fo darkness in the park, time management is one of the biggest challenges, so we try to be efficient as we go from shot to shot.

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Milky Way over well and Miner's Union Hall

We've added Friday, July 25 to our Bodie workshop schedule to squeeze in one more great Milky Way night before the opportunity passes. Each time we visit Bodie we try to set up a few new compositions as well as perfect the classics. With only 3 hours or so of full darkness in the park before we leave at 1 am, time management is one of the biggest challenges, so we try to be efficient as we go from shot to shot. The Milky Way provides its own unique set of opportunities and challenges, since each month it moves two hours later in its annual cycle. It's highest in June and July (near the Summer solstice), but the days are longer so dark nighttime shooting before 1 am is shorter. The orientation of the Milky Way changes as well, and it moves in compass direction SE to SW. It shows up best on dark nights near the new moon date, so only one, maybe two weekends each month. Next week we'll be there twice, starting July 19 then again July 25, so we'll have similar conditions on the two nights.

The new July 25 workshop is already 1/3 full from people asking me to add a 2014 date… would anyone else care to join us? http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/
#nightphotography #photographyworkshop #Bodie #milkywayphotography +Bodie Photo Workshops

 

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Stargazing

We live in an amazing place. This was shot at 10:09 pm last night on a quick trip to sleep under the stars.  One bonus of having a dry year is virtually no mosquitoes (I think I heard one)!

Planning Milky Way Photography
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/04/planning-milky-way-photography.html
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Watching the Milky Way at 10:09 last night.

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Summer Milky Way

The Milky Way rises high over rocks in California's Mojave Desert.  The Milky Way rises highest in the sky around the time of the summer solstice, but you also need minimal moon interference.  Here's a blog post describing the most convenient times for you to pursue the Milky Way this summer:

How to Capture Milky Way Images
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2011/05/25/producing-milky-way-images/

If you'd like to join me for some night shooting, I still have some space in my workshops in the ghost town of Bodie:
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/

Mojave Desert album on G+:
https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5972287416282035041
#nightphotography   #milkywayphotography   #astrophotography  

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Milky Way and Venus Rising

I found these over old cars at the site of an abandoned mine in the Mojave Desert earlier this month.  The Milky Way was rising around 3 am then and this was taken at around 4 am, but those times shifted an hour a couple of days later with Daylight Savings Time.  It'll be a lot more convenient to catch the Milky Way when it's available in the evening twilight this summer.

Here's an album with some of my night photos on G+:
https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5898517360338803329
My night photography workshop coming up on May 3 is nearly full:
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/
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Milky Way and Venus rising over old cars – Mojave Desert, California, March, 2014.

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Milky Way over Wheaton & Hollis Hotel

To see some excellent shots of the Milky Way over ghost town buildings and mining artifacts in California's Bodie State Historic Park, check out +David Safanda 's images from his visit to this Gold Rush town last summer.  This image won a +Think Tank Photo camera pack in a contest over on Instagram, but I like this original composition over the square crop required on that site.

We'll visit the park on several nights again in 2014, but the dates are filling fast: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/ 
#photographyworkshops   #milkywayphotography   #bodieghosttown   

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A trip to the historic ghost town Bodie,CA is always a bit like stepping in to a time machine. At night underneath the stars this effect is amplified. Things get wonderfully weird and fantastic.
Special thanks to +Jeff Sullivan  and +Lori Hibbett  for running the wonderful workshop that provided this unique access. It was great to spend the night working closely with +Guillaume Desachy .  
#Bodie   #bodieghosttown   #nightphotography  

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