Over the last month I have been experimenting with some timelapse photography. The Milky Way was really spectacular and the weather was nice enough to clear up and allow for some mostly clear nights. I’m working on some more clips and I’m sure I’ll have another video up again soon.

I’ll be posting some still images of the Milky Way over the past few months on my blog soon so be sure to check back. Thanks!

Milky Way Timelapse from Jason Hines on Vimeo.

This year, I decided to go all out with the Nikon 800mm lens plus a 1.7x teleconverter to capture the supermoon as close as possible. I hope you enjoy the collections of photos I have taken so far – I will be shooting from Friday through Sunday night and updating the latest photos here.

If you enjoy these, become a part of the chase for the perfect photo by supporting The Art of the Chase, my photography documentary on Kickstarter. Be on the lookout for two special rewards for prints of Supermoon 2013!

First, let’s start off with a little info about the lens and an update on the film project!

Now, let’s take a look at the supermoon!


This is my first test shot with the Nikon 800mm. I used a 1.7x teleconverter to achieve a focal length of 1350mm. It was a HUGE thrill seeing the moon through the viewfinder at this focal length. The detail is absolutely astounding – I can’t wait to use this for the rise of the Supermoon.

Supermoon 2013 Photos

This was my favorite shot from my first afternoon of chasing the Supermoon. This is a five image vertical panorama with each image taken at 800mm. As the sun continued to set, it illuminated these aspen trees beautifully and as the sky gradually darkened, the moon became brighter. I hope to use this technique tonight at the Grand Canyon.

Supermoon 2013 Photos

This was one of the few wider shots I took of the moon. I love the simplistic feel of this image and I think the final version may turn out to be a black & white.

Supermoon 2013 Photos

This is another test shot at 1350mm taken much later at night after the sky had turned much darker. Because of the contrast with the sky, you can see a lot more detail.

Supermoon 2013 Photos


It was a great day here at the North Rim. The gorgeous beauty of the Grand Canyon is always inspiring to me and I feel that I come up with something new every time I’m here. I scouted the area at Point Imperial and lined up a couple shots for the moonrise. After many difficulties, I was able to come away with two shots I liked. The “real” Supermoon is rising later tonight and I’m really excited for another great evening of shooting. I’ll have more updates about my images when I get back from the Rim! Thanks for looking and supporting The Art of the Chase.

This is a 14 frame panorama taken with my Nikon 28-300 at Point Imperial at the Grand Canyon. As the sun set and the moon came out, the wind began to blow. This made very difficult conditions for using a long telephoto lens. After a great deal of persistance I was able to capture the 14 frames I needed and here is the result. It seems to be the favorite as it was featured on the NBC News website and has over 2,000 +1′s on Google+!

Supermoon 2013 Photos

While scouting the area, I found this beautiful burnt tree and I knew it would make a great frame for the moon. There was no way to use only the Nikon 800mm in this shot, so I took one exposure for the foreground and stars at 28mm and another for the moon at 1350mm. Although this is not exactly what I’m looking for, I’m glad that I was able to come up with a vision of how I wanted this one to look. This one was also featured on NBC Nightly News.

Supermoon 2013 Photos


Here are the final shots of supermoon 2013! The evening wasn’t looking too promising at first due to strong wind gusts and a heavy layer of clouds. But everything calmed down just in time to capture these images of supermoon rising.

Supermoon 2013 Photos

Supermoon 2013 Photos

Support The Art of the Chase

Thank you everyone for your overwhelming support of my Supermoon photos and my film, The Art of the Chase. I was able to capture some great photos and we have some great footage for the documentary but we still need YOUR HELP! The Art of the Chase is a special, inspiring, and personally emotional film about my journey as a photographer. The Supermoon adventure was our first full shoot and so far it has come out great. By supporting this Kickstarter project you make it possible for me to continue to film these amazing adventures. I have already received many comments and emails about how they feel inspired to chase their own dreams and I am very eager to continue to reach as many people as possible. Your pledges and support mean the world to me and I promise I wont let you down!

Since launching The Art of the Chase on Kickstarter, the top questions my wife and I have received are what is Kickstarter and how do I support your project. So for those of you who are not familiar with Kickstarter, here is what you need to know.

What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a service that started in 2009 as a way to connect entrepreneurs, artists, and others with dreams to people who could help them turn those dreams into reality with financial backing (also referred to as crowdfunding). So far, over 4.3 million people have backed over 43,000 projects for over $660 million dollars.

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First, you can pledge any amount over a dollar. Or you can pledge specific amounts in relation to project rewards. These are the goodies you will get in exchange for your support. They include high quality desktop wallpapers, fine art prints, photo books, The Art of the Chase on DVD, spaces in my 2014 photography workshops, and the opportunity to be in the film. One lucky backer will receive a single edition print from the film.

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Things have been super busy here over the last month because I’ve been making preparations for launching my Kickstarter project. The Art of the Chase is a feature length documentary based upon my life as a photographer, husband, and father. I’ve got some really awesome rewards so for more information and to support this film, be sure to check out my Kickstarter Page!

We have already begun filming preliminary aspects including location scouting and interviews. My first full adventure begins this weekend with the rise of the 2013 Supermoon. I have a Nikon 800mm and 1.7x teleconverter on the way. This will allow me to capture shots of the moon with incredible detail. I’ll be shooting near my home in Cedar for a day before heading off to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It’s going to be an exciting trip and an amazing journey. I look forward to sharing my images with you! For now, here’s my Supermoon shot from last year.

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been working on some updates to my site. They’re obviously not finished yet but I am working on getting everything going and hope to have the site finished by the middle of next week. I’m headed off to the Great Basin National Park for a couple days to do some scouting for a big project I’m starting next month. It’s supposed to be one of the darkest skies in the country so I’m so excited and I look forward to sharing some new images with you when I get back

Arch Rock

This is Arch Rock from Joshua Tree National Park. I had checked out this spot earlier in the day and it seemed like it might work for some night photography. I went back around 2am to find the Milky Way in a pretty good spot for this composition. I used my head lamp directed at the granite boulders behind me to subtly light the arch.

Arch Rock - Joshua Tree National Park