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Mike Berenson

Milky Way Clouds Over The Mount Evans Observatory

Clouds pass quickly overhead revealing the Milky Way skies above. In this image taken from the Mount Evans Observatory (elevation 14,148 feet), city lights from Denver show the reach of their illumination from 50 or so miles away as the observatory and clouds overhead glow brightly without any assistance from light painting. I liked how layer of clouds added some interest as it plays a little hide & seek with the stars above (even if it does add a little noise too).

Over the past few months, I've taken a good look at opening the door to offering some instructional training on night photography. I've done some research on what it would take to be ready for workshops (which are coming soon) but I've found that the demand for classroom training to even stronger than I had expected. When asked a few months ago, I agreed to do a series of classes for a local photography group and found such a strong response that all the classes filled up and went onto a waiting list within just a few hours of being announced. This image was taken as part of a meetup we sandwiched in between two of the classes. Now that this initial series is complete and I know a little more about the demand, I decided to do a little more.

So I've lined up an all-day training event called "Capturing The Dark Side". It's set to take place on Saturday, October 27th in Lone Tree, Colorado. With a whole lot of great content, we cover everything from the planning and the shooting technique to the post-processing. Check out the details at if you think you might like to join us. Last I checked, there were 11 spots remaining.

Beyond the instructional training, I've also been working hard on building a new website to replace what is currently showing at I'm excited and hopeful this will allow Colorado Captures to take a big step forward. For now, it's just my excuse for not posting many images. :-)

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