• Keith Lisk
    Keith Lisk
    I visited Crater Lake National Park for the first time in 2012. In the visitor center, a photo of the Milky Way arcing across the sky over Crater Lake was on display, and for sale in a number of different sizes and products. At that moment, I decided it was going to be a goal of mine to capture an image like that on my own, some day (or night).
  • Ian Jones
    Ian Jones
    My favorite photo of 2015 was taken in late August on the Icefield's parkway just north of Banff, Canada. It was just after midnight and I had planned a shot using the Star Walk app to frame the Milky Way directly over the Bow Glacier after the moon had set. While waiting for the milky way to move over the glacier where it spilled into the lake. There were two other photographers there doing the same thing. I was taking some shots and noticed that the glacier had taken on a greenish color as I was reviewing images. I turned around and a strong aurora was visible above the trees. Having been to Peyto Lake which was a few miles up the road earlier in the day, I knew that the overlo would be a great vista to shoot from so the three of us drove back up the road and I captured quite a few images of the aurora over the lake as well as some nice time lapse footage. I was fortunate to be there on that night since it had been cloudy for a few weeks and seeing a strong aurora there is not common but that night there was a solar storm and the KP index hit 6. It was also the first time that one of the people that I had met had ever seen the aurora.
  • Kirsten Tucker
    Kirsten Tucker
    I live in a very urban area, so much so that you need to drive at least 8 hours away to get good dark skies. Needless to say, I don’t get to shoot night skies often. I’d gotten a couple of ay Milky Ways shots before heading to Arches and Canyonlands with Brad this past spring, but I had high hopes for something better. Alas, Mother Nature had different plans - clouds, rain, clouds. Four nights later, punch drunk and addlebrained from no sleep, with a bren ever-sinking tripod leg, I shot this pano. I wasn’t sure the shots had worked out at all until I was able to process them. Success! And, I know how to make a shot like this even better next time.
  • Yoshiki Nakamura
    Yoshiki Nakamura
    Since I attended your (Goldpaint) workshop in Crater Lake, I was fascinated by the night sky. I’ve been attempting to capture the northern light with a beautiful scene for long. I found this unique location for very good potential of the aurora scene. With several unsuccessful attempts, finally I was fortunate enough to be able to capture this image and very grateful and satisfied.
  • Lynda Sanders
    Lynda Sanders
    One of the wonders of the sky is that there is so much there than we can see with our mortal eyes. The camera helps visualize a little of this. The Eye of Heaven is seen loing down over the Golden Gate in San Francisco. It is strong and ever-present, but not at all apparent to the casual observer. Each time we are out under the night sky the Eye is up there - visible yet invisible, well known to ancient mariners who used its help for navigating, and known to a fortunate few of us who are able to visualize it in our images.
  • Lynn Clauer
    Lynn Clauer
    My nephew and I had planned a week of night sky adventure in hopes of an aurora in Alberta ~ weather forecasts for the area were disappointingly cloudy, but the skies cleared about an hour north of Edmonton. Our first plan (using various tools to scout with no time to visit) turned out to be in the middle of a reservation and not feeling comfortable with the intrusion, we headed north and noticed a sign for West Cove, which sounded like water, and found a boat launch.
  • Melany Sarafis
    Melany Sarafis
    Not necessarily my BEST nor most popular image of 2015, but the most special memory without a doubt! This was shot during my Artist in Residency tenure in the Petrified Forest National Park. After the park closed at sunset and all guests were "escorted" out, I had access to the entire park. This is the "Blue Forest" area, accessed from the teepees and ending up on the Blue Mesa. A trecherous hike in the dark, but worth it!
  • Sashikanth Chintla
    Sashikanth Chintla
    I like this image as it was challenging to shoot and also think creatively to blend everything into a single image, the moon, setting milky way and the fall colors. First the location was challenging to shoot, i had to sit on a ledge with a 30-40ft drop off on 3 sides and in a 16degree weather. getting this shot in one go was never going to happen, had to shoot the foreground at low ISO for 10Min and the sky was shot with a normal 30" exposure.
  • Steve Miller
    Steve Miller
    This is my favorite because I to the information, planning and preparation that I learned in the workshop, to go someplace and use the skill set. It still didn't come out as planned but I think that's just being flexible and adjusting to nature. Years ago I wondered how to do this. Now I'm excited that I know how to do this and can go out and explore with others.
  • Jonathan Adams
    Jonathan Adams
    This is not necessarily my best shot from this year, but I'm pleased with it mostly due to the planning involved. As those who were on the alumni trip will recall, the weather was not exactly co-operative. (Nor was my air, who lost my luggage with my tripod.) I stayed an extra night this time but that wasn't enough, the weather still stayed miserable until the day I had to leave. I boed another trip with a friend to hit Mono Lake and the Bristlecone pine forest, and this time his flight was cancelled aying our start by nine hours, then the weather turned nasty again... until the day I had to leave.