Trip to Death Valley and the Milky Way

Photographing the Milky Way often results in hours of planning, shooting, and editing. Doug and I arrived at Death Valley around 6 PM hoping for a colorful, pink second sunset; However, due to lack of clouds, there was no second sunset. Although one of our plan to shoot sunset was a fail, clear skies gave us big hopes to see the Milky Way.

April to September is the best time of the year to photograph the Milky Way because center of the Milky Way is visible from northern hemisphere. Almost exactly a year ago from today, my infamous Milky Way photo at Nelson was photographed. Enough with the talks, let's take a look at the photos.

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It was literally the perfect weather for Milky Way shooting. No clouds, calm wind, and 70 degree weather. I always say, night photography is 60% planning, 35% editing, and 5% shooting. Yes, the shooting takes a long time, especially if you're doing time lapse and/or star trails. But don't forget you can never make your Milky Way look like what it is like these photos without some enhancements.

I have to give credit to Doug for making a perfect orb for this shot. I tried it myself previously, but it was really difficult to make it look like an orb.

All in all, this one day trip to Death Valley was a successful run. I would love to go back and shoot for Milky Way at variety of locations since it's naturally have a dark sky. But be aware of city light from Las Vegas (East) and Barstow (South). Special thanks to Doug for making this trip possible.

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Exploring My Own Photographic Style

When I first started photography, I was intrigued by the equipments used to take photos; Long zoom lenses, fast lenses, full frame cameras, strobes, and more. I was known for my technicality when making an image. However, I sometimes lacked creativity and my own artistic input. Recently, I have been practicing and studying many other photographers, such as Sue Bryce, Clive Arrowsmith, David Edmonson to further explore and enhance my own creativity.

To be honest with you, nothing is better than trying to replicate what others did when trying to learn something. Other's lighting techniques, posing techniques, wardrobe, and more, I just replicated what they did. During the process I realized I liked something little different, and that is how I started to learn my own photographic style.

I'm in still progress finding what I like the best and what I'm good at. I think that progress is making me a better photographer than I was few years ago. Trying new stuff, meeting new people, taking photo is just a fun activity for me. Special thanks to Rachel and Heather making these images possible.

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CES 2018: Intel VR Demo & Drone Show at Bellagio

Intel's booth at CES is always packed with people featuring great demos for you to try. This year at CES 2018, Intel pushed their boundaries to the next level. Intel showed off their latest technologies using demos featuring virtual reality and augmented reality. Most importantly, Intel showcased drone show at Bellagio that was only shown during CES week.

One of VR demo I tried was an indoor frisbee. The interior looked similar to one featured in the movie Ender's Game training room. It actually felt really close to Ender's Game's training room because it's zero gravity room, and you can only move with rocket boosters like an Ironman.

At first, the controls were fairly difficult to learn. It's tough to get yourself into VR world because you're flying around in-game, but you're really standing. There were some cases of little accidents where some people hit other person while doing a throw movement, but nothing major. It's one of those unavoidable, funny accidents caused by VR.

Thanks to control's button placement, you actually feel like you're grabbing something. Overall, it was an outstanding VR experience.


The Drone Show

Now this one was really cool. It's totally different thing. I did have little glimpse at the keynote, but a full show along with Bellagio's water show was mind blowing. You may ask, what is so special about this show? Well, there is only one person controlling the entire fleet of 250 drones. They are coordinated using GPS, but still! 250 drone is a lot to be controlled by a one person. Well, let's take a look!

How did you like it? Wasn't it great? I see in the future where drone show will be more friendly option compared to fireworks. That aside, Intel told me their little plan about their appearances during upcoming Olympics in South Korea. I can't wait to see how they will surprise us once again.

Huge thanks to Intel for your assistance at the drone show and the booth, and like always, I will see you guys in the next one!