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.

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

It’s been a long time in the making but after testing several print labs and making fine adjustments to my images, I now have a selection of photos available as fine art prints. I am offering a range of sizes from 12 x 18 to 30 x 45 available printed on high quality, fiber based paper or aluminum mounted prints. For questions or custom orders dont hesitate to email me!

Celestial Dream

This is one of my two favorite images from my past trip to Death Valley. As I arrived at this location for another shot, I was completely surprised to see the perfect placement of the Milky Way. I returned at 3am the next morning to get this panoramic shot!

Fine Art Photography Prints by Jason Hines - Celestial Dream

This is the last group of Death Valley images I have to share from my last trip. I am intentionally holding my two favorite images back which I look forward to sharing with you next week, so stay tuned :) .

On a bit of a side note, I ordered a tripod clamp for my iPad from my buddy Marty Cohen over at . I’ve been eyeing these for awhile and Marty was good enough to point me to a couple wireless image review options that I can use in the field. I thought this could be a great way to double check focus and image sharpness rather than relying on the LCD screen. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Morning at Zabriski Point

My morning started around 2:30am when I arrived here. I came specifically for a night shot that I’ll share with you next week but I decided to stay for sunrise. My favorite time for shooting here was just before dawn – the soft light really illuminated this area of the badlands beautifully. Please enjoy these and have a great weekend!

Zabriski Point, Death Valley

Zabriski Point, Death Valley

Zabriski Point, Death Valley

Zabriski Point, Death Valley

Zabriski Point, Death Valley

On the Dunes

The last time I was out on the sand dunes I got caught in a sand storm with winds gusting up to 35mph. The sun had already set and I had ventured over a mile out unto the dunes when the winds picked up. Every time I crested a dune on my walk back to the truck I was met with a face full of flying sand. It took me days after returning home before I truly felt sand free. All this is to say that it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I ventured back out onto the dunes when the weather forecast called for 20mph winds.

It turned out to be one of those times where the forecast was dead wrong and I was pleasantly surprised to have a very calm afternoon during my time on the dunes. I had scouted an area to the east earlier in the day and decided to try the western edge of the dunes. This proved to be a good idea. It’s hard to go wrong with sunset on sand dunes – the brilliant golden light is reflected by the sand and the shadows created by the dunes add so much character to photos. But the light AFTER sunset – that was incredible. Here are some of my favorite shots from the afternoon.

Death Valley Mesquite Sand Dunes

Death Valley Mesquite Sand Dunes

Death Valley Sand Dunes

Mesquite Sand Dunes

Death Valley Mesquite Sand Dunes

Death Valley Mesquite Sand Dunes

This was something else. I knew what I was really looking for was sand dunes during the blue hour. I found this formation earlier and headed back to it just after the sun set. I watched, as I so often do, the light slowly change from brilliant gold until the stars just began to come out before snapping the shutter. I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Death Valley Fine Art Photography By Jason Hines