Night on Earth – Olympic National Park, Washington by DaveMorrow

From the wild rugged Pacific Coast of Washington States Olympic National Park.

The Milky Way can be seen from between two massive sea stacks, timed perfectly in September of 2014.

We camped here for two nights until I finally figured out the best time to capture this scene. Around 4AM ish late in the summer is the only time of year it will all line up while the sky is dark enough to shoot.

Learn how to capture shots like this using my Free Milky Way & Star Photography Tutorials linked below:


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The Other Side: Moonrise Over the Cuernos by DaveMorrow

Please view full size on black for this photo:)

One of my main goals when visiting Patagonia was to come back with not only good shots, but unique shots.

When researching for the trip the same photos / views seemed to pop up again and again and again and again and again…. yes that many times.

None the less, there is so much to shoot in this vast expanse of land that not coming back with unique stuff is a sin.

This specific shot comes from the French Valley which is a 2 day hike from civilization. The moon is just starting to come up behind the mountains adding an intense amount of light & glow to the clouds & landscape.

The evening before we hiked to this location in 50 mile per hour winds & snow. After scouting some stuff out, it was time to set up camp and sleep.

The next morning we woke at 5AM and started the freezing cold 2 hour ( 1500 foot gain ) trek back to this location with even worse conditions. Strong wind & snow. The clouds seen in this photo dissipated within a few minutes due to the strong gusts and new clouds moved through the range of peaks.

The moon light was intense & sunrise was a dud. Thankfully I was able to capture this shot:)

The image comes from 2 RAW files, one exposed for the highlights and focused approx. 2/3 into the landscape. The glow you see on the horizon is the moon coming up over the peaks.

The second RAW file was refocused on the immediate foreground with the ISO increased to capture the moving plants in still frame with lower exposure time.

Focus stacking was used to blend both photos together. More on focus stacking here –>

From there I finished out the editing process using some of the techniques shown in the following video.

PS: You can watch me edit a night sky photo from start to finish using Lightroom & Photoshop in the following video. Click the link and enjoy

Thanks in advance for any comments. Just landed in Italy for a 10 day / non-photography vacation with the family and won’t have internet.


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Namibia Untamed by MarselvanOosten

We are proud to announce that photographer Ryan Dyar has joined the Squiver team. Ryan is known for his atmospheric landscape images and his popular post processing video tutorials. Not only that, he is also a great guy to travel with and to learn from, which is why we asked him in the first place.

Due to popular demand we have added a second Namibia Untamed tour for 2016, and Ryan will lead that tour. If you are not familiar with Ryan’s work, then first: shame on you, and second:

If you want to visit Namibia, look no further. We were the first company to offer specialized photography tours to Namibia and there is no better organized Namibia tour out there. Also, we are still the only one that offers microlight flights over the famous Namibian sand dunes.

This image was shot on one of those microlight flights, an amazing experience. Microlight airplanes are the best way to take aerial photographs. Better than hot air balloons, as they only take you where the wind blows. Better than airplanes, as they go way too fast, have to stay very high, and you often have to shoot through low quality, scratched windows. And better than helicopters, because of those same scratched plastic windows, and you can only shoot in one direction. From a microlight you can shoot in all directions, also straight down.

What you see here is a gyrocopter, basically a two person helicopter without roof or windows. We used one of those for a few years, but we no longer do. I asked my pilot to fly above them to be able to include the gyro in my photograph for sense of scale. The photographic opportunities are endless when you’re flying over this sea of sand, sculpted by the light.

If you’re interested in joining Ryan to Namibia, please check out our website for more information, images, video clips, and a very detailed tour PDF:

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Dream Of Night by MikkoLagerstedt

Enjoy your Sunday! I used my Vision of Depth technique to capture this scenery. You can learn it from my Star Photography Masterclass

Equipment & Exif
Nikon D810, Nikon 14 – 24 mm f/2.8, Sirui Tripod – ISO 6400, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec. & ISO 800, f/7.1, 270 sec.

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Stillness of Night by MikkoLagerstedt

I used my Vision of Depth technique to capture this scenery. You can learn it from my Star Photography Masterclass

Equipment & Exif
Nikon D810, Nikon 14 – 24 mm f/2.8, Sirui Tripod – ISO 6400, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec. & ISO 800, f/3.5, 630 sec.

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In the Beginning – Patagonia, Argentina by DaveMorrow

The center peak in this photo is Cerro Torre which is also one of the most amazing mountains I’ve ever seen. Rising 3,128 m / 10,262 ft the range straddles the border between Argentina and Chile.

The shot you see here was taken from Argentina, but most climbing routes start from the glacier field on the back side in Chile.

I camped out here for 3 days under perfectly clear skies waiting for twilight then sunrise each morning. On the last day light cloud cover filled the sky and I was able to capture this image.

Some days the lake is filled with ice, others it melts off and you won’t see much at all.

During the night glaciers can be heard crashing down the massive glacier field seen in the left of the photo. My camp was setup within a close 5 minute walk from this location so it was quite easy to explore the entire valley looking for compositions and new places to shoot.

Enjoy & Thanks for Looking,

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