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Photography is my passion. I do not only take wedding photos but also do portraits, landscapes, and street photography. This section represents my perspective on how I see the world through the lenses.

Yellowstone National Park

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller
— Ibn Battuta

Utah to Yellowstone National Park is around 8-10 hours of driving. It's a long drive. We headed out early in the morning and get to Yellowstone around 7PM. Wisanu and Kittithuch were the drivers of this trip. We drove so much during this trip. I also finished Zelda:Breath of the Wind. lol

Camping Food

Eating is one priory of this trip. I have been travel with this group of friends for many times. We used to get food from Walmart and Costco for example, tuna cans, breads, ham, and other food. Non-camping food is cheaper than camping food. For sure, However, we decided to eat camping food from Mountain House for majority this time because it's easy, fast, convenient, and we do not have to clean after we are done eating.

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At the beginning of this trip, everyone bought a 6-pack of a flavor from Amazon and brought them to Utah. Each box cause between $40-$50 for 6 packs. Each pack of food provides 1.5-2.5 serves. I used to underestimate flavors from camping food. I didn't know it's going to be good. I was completely wrong. These foods are really good.

Each meal time for 5 people, we cook three packs of Mountain  House, which provides 4-6 serves, one pack of a ready to eat noodle, a can of tuna, and salad vegetable. 

Scouting

Scouting is very important. Believe it or not. We went to the same spot as reference pictures and we didn't see the same view. Especially, pictures that were taken many years before because landscape changes overtime, trees are taller, or water is polluted. Therefore, we had plan B for each location we visited. We might have 5-6 spots we want to get pictures and we scouted them all, so we picked the top 3-4 spots we can actually get good pictures back. 

The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.
— Wallace Stevens
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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
— Helen Keller

Night time is show time!

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Team Work

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Astrophotography required patient. Wisanu did light painting for everyone. Therefore, Wisanu gave us a signal and released his shutter, then Nahm, Kittithuch and I will release our shutters after. Wisanu shot the pictures at ISO 10000 f/2.8 and 15 seconds while other members had shutter speed between 20-25 seconds. We will shoot 7-9 pictures in each spot. I use StarryLandscapeStacker for stacking software.

All the night sky and milky way pictures you see in this blog has been edited through stacking process. Each pictures is the combination of 7-9 pictures together. In short, stacking helps reducing noise in pictures. You can read below for explanation.

Stacking

When you stack, you reduce the differences in the digital representation of the light that hits and excites the camera sensor. Each time you shoot an image, the electrical characteristics of the sensor cause it to do its best at representing the photons it “sees.” However, from shot to shot, there are slight brightness and color variations on each pixel for the exact same image. Image stacking produces an intelligent average of each pixel of all exposures, detail for detail, instead of trusting just one exposure and hoping it’s accurate. Sounds like a good idea to me.
— Cory Schmitz

You can read more about stacking and why I use it and what benefit from Cory by click the link below.

Is it worth it to stack and process multiples vs. a single exposure?

Laundry and Back Up Pictures

We had a little down time before we leave Yellowstone National Park. We got to laundry and download the pictures we took to laptops during laundry. We also took a shower. I have learned to pack clothes 5 days and do laundry in the middle of the trip. It's easier than pack clothes for 12 days. You bag will be really heavy.

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 This bison was at a parking spot.

This bison was at a parking spot.

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
— Jawaharial Nehru

Glacier National Park is our next stop.

Montana, here we come!


I already posted a short documentary on this Summer Trip 2018. You can watch from the link below!