Astrophotography and Landscapes on Google Plus



Colorado Nightsky on G+

Astrophotography and Landscapes by Daniel McVey on G+


Summit County Photographer on G+

Ive started a new Artist Page on Google Plus (G+) which I am really excited about. Compared to Facebook, G+ has higher quality resolution to images posted making it a great place for photographers to showcase their work.

Yes, the Facebook page will remain active however I recommend G+ users to give the page a Follow for more Newsfeed Visibility and Better Over-All Experience through Higher Quality.

Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse Colorado Astrophotography Night Sky

Photos of the Blood Moon

Composite Image – Roughly 3.5 hours from Full Moon to Total Lunar Eclipse

Astrophotography in Summit County, Colorado: “Metamorphosis of a Blood Moon” – The first of four Blood Moons or Total Lunar Eclipses in the next couple of years has come and gone. This is a a wide angle composite image from Full Moon to Total Eclipse taken over the Town of Frisco. The scene spans roughly 3 to 3.5 hours.

I feel happy to come out with some kind of a shot out of it. The scene went down almost as planned however, my heavy backpack and abundant layers led to overheating on my snowshoe in. I was forced to strip off my upper base layer in single digit temps and wipe all the sweat off my body so that I could endure the next 4 hours minus one layer…

That was just the beginning of mishaps including telephoto lens malfunction, dropping a 24mm lens in the snow, and more….. Maybe this moon is cursed! or maybe I had a bad night.

HD Slideshow – the Earth, the Moon, and the Stars


Colorado Night Sky Astrophotography Moonscape Landscape Slideshow

In preparation for my Childrens Presentation on Astrophotography, Mythology, and Astronomy I have been experimenting with different presentation software. In doing so, I built a brand new HD Slideshow titled the Earth, the Moon, and the Stars (2014) of Colorado Astrophotography (Night Sky / Nightscapes) , Lunar or Moon scapes, and Landscapes.

The YouTube Version embeded here is available in up to 720p HD  and recommended for Full Screen Viewing.

Simply use the Gear icon below to select 720p HD or desired resolution.

Then click the Box icon next to the gear for Full Screen.

Music by Balmorhea.


For a very basic non-HD but commercial-free version of the slideshow WithOut Sound:

the Earth, the Moon, and the Stars


Mars Rising Milky Way Rising CBS 4 Denver Space-Com Colorado

Spectacular Night Sky Images April 2014 Space.Com

Mars and Spica w. Selfie


I’m proud to announce that another one of my Mars Rising images has made it onto Space.Com’s Spectacular Night Sky Photos for April 2014 . This image features Mars, Spica, the Snowy Upper Ten Mile Range, and a #Selfie of me in the field pointing at the bright orange planet. Mars is at its closest approach for the next several years so please get out there and see it. It is currently rising at sunset and setting at sunrise.





Milky Way Rising Denver Colorado

Milky Way Rising – Atlantic Peak





Also, I am glad to announce that Milky Way Rising – Atlantic Peak was listed on CBS 4 Denver – You Report Gallery for Spring 2014. Thanks CBS Denver!!!!! This is one of my first Dark Sky images of the Milky Way this year but I look forward to catching more.


Earth, Moon, and Stars Slideshow Updated

Mars Spica Corvus Crow Earthsky SpaceCom Astrophotography Sumco

Mars Spica Corvus the Crow Daniel McVey Space.Com

Daniel McVey on Space.Com


Mars, Spica, and Corvus the Crow – Colorado

I am excited to say  Mars, Spica, and Corvus the Crow from Fremont Pass in Colorado made the Image of the Day at Earthsky.Org and also the April 2014 list of Spectacular Night Sky Photography on Space.Com.

Big thanks to Larry C Sessions for helping me with the diagram because although the chart of the nightsky was NOT lying to me, I felt perhaps it was indeed…… Thanks Larry!


Mars, Spica, and Corvus the Crow

Daniel McVey on Eathsky.Org

In other news,  this Friday is First Friday. I hope to see you at the Denver Photo Art Gallery on April 4. A new artist will be debuting, new upcoming artist exhibit debuting, and 2 new artists last month…… Ill be there from 630pm – 10pmish at 833 Santa Fe Dr in the Denver Arts District. Click for more info.

I have been in talks with the Forest Service for acquiring permits / insurance for Night Photography Workshops in the White River National Forest. I was looking to the end of June for the first class. I have not made an official announcement but any people who are interested in attending please Contact Me. Class size will be limited to 6 students.

Finally in preparation for the Children’s Presentation on Summit County Nightscapes I have been experimenting with lots of slideshow / presentation software. I put together a nice slide show which will be viewable from YouTube which I am very excited to share.

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Summit County Nightscapes Childrens Show Frisco Library Colorado

Summit County Nightscape Children Presentation Kids Show on Astrophotgraphy, Science, and Mythology at the Summit County Frisco Library

Announcing the Summit County Nightscapes Children’s Presentation at the Summit County – Frisco Library on July 2, 2014. This will be a slideshow presentation with a little bit of Science and Mythology included which is aimed at PreSchool to 5th grade Ages.

I will be using an expanded version of the Youth Presentation I gave last August at the Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge where I talk about the mythology and relationship of Orion, the Pleiades, and Scorpius / the Summer Milky Way. We will talk about the star forming region known as the Great Rift and the Mayans beliefs about this area. Im going to expand the lecture to talk lightly about the Nightsky as a Calendar and touch briefly on Lunar Cycles and Full Moon Names……..

This is just part of the Space themed festivities when former NASA consultant and Astronomer Kevin Manning presents “Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe workshop with assorted visuals. For more info please check out .

Stay Tuned for more info regarding the show as events develop. Big Thanks to Summit County Moms !

PS – I just got in some overstock calendars if anybody still needs one.

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Summit County Nightscapes Gore Range Monochrome Breckenridge

Summit County Nightscapes / Gore Range Monochrome series is Open and it feels great to see all the hard work assembled! I am very excited to say that the Opener went great and people were loving the 32 x 48 Monochromes.

Summit Daily News Article on Breckenridge Art Show

Summit Daily News Article on Breckenridge Art Show

The Show is located at the Breckenridge Theatre aka the Backstage at 121 South Ridge St in Breckenridge, Colorado and can be seen now through the end of March during theatre and box office hours – check BackstageTheatre.Org for schedule or call 970 453 0199.

Read the interview I did with Jessica Smith of the Summit Daily News about life, photography, and the show.

Big Thank You to Adam and Aaron of Tundra Images for providing the photos in the slideshow and pulling off the great art delivery just in time.

Also Big Thank You to my girlfriend Wendy for putting up with me through this process, Jenn Cram and the Town of Breckenridge for providing the space, wine, refreshments, and so much more, Tony Eitzel and Art Print Denver,  the Antzl Project, Summit Daily News, Summit Mountain Weddings, Summit County Moms, and all the people who came to the Show.

Colorado Mountain Art Gallery Georgetown Colorado Nightscape Milky Way

Colorado Nightscape, Astrophotography in Colorado, Summit County

Colorado Nightscapes by Daniel McVey

My Colorado Nightscape exhibit at the Colorado Mountain Art Gallery – a Nonprofit CoOp in Georgetown and part of the Evergreen Art Society has recently been updated with some new smaller sized images featuring the 16 x 20 bin prints I sell already in black frames, ready to hang. The framed, matted prints are available  straight from the Gallery as well as bin prints. 2014 Calendars are also available while supplies last.

The Colorado Mountain Art Gallery is located at 406 6th St, Georgetown, CO 80444 – across from the Hotel de Paris and next to the Police Station. (303) 569-2787

More info on my Gallery Space in Georgetown

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Astro Poet Amee Somehow Winter Hosts Clearest Nights

Stellar Tuesday, APOD, Astrophotography

Milky Way over the Sentinels – Summit County, Colorado

Astro Poet Amee

Somehow winter hosts the clearest nights

nights when the stars burn and light chills
chilling suspended in the blank air exposed
exposing little reality of expansion
expanding of the unimaginable-unending fire

and somehow arms wrapping around me
and somehow the smell of chocolate steam
and somehow the pine and snow mixed on my tongue
and somehow the freezing tingle of your warmth

somehow infinitely far from my skin

 Astro Poet Amee recently contacted me about sharing one of my images alongside her beautiful poem. Of course I had to say yes. I hope you like Amee’s poem as much as I. Amee would also like to encourage you to participate in the Globe at Night.


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Accuweather Astronomy Orion Contest Astro Photography Colorado

Award WInning Colorado Night Sky Photography

Image from Accuweather Astronomy Facebook Page

I am super excited to announce that I took 5th place in the AccuWeather Astronomy Facebook Orion photo contest with my image of Sirius and Orion over the Gore Range: Summit County, Colorado. Big Thank You to Mark and the people at AccuWeather Astronomy.


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