• Comet NEOWISE and Mt. Hood
    Camera Settings 7/11/20 Sony a7iii Sigma Art 105mm f/1.4 3200 ISO f/2.5 3.2 sec Stack of 15 photos Sky processed separately from foreground.  To Capture a Comet I was interested in getting a photo of the comet where it was a prominent feature of the image. That meant I would need to use a longer […]
  • A 35 Year Retrospective
    With the start of the new decade, I figured it was an excellent time to have a “Kirk Keyes Retrospective,” a look back on my photography. Here are a few of my favorites taken over the last 35 years. It’s a mix of “vintage” large-format images from the 80s and 90s, with a few taken […]
  • Making Silver Halide Emulsions using a Silver Emulsion Electrode
    Back in the mid-aughts, there was a concern that all silver gelatin-based emulsion materials (i.e., film and paper) would disappear. I had that concern as well – and instead of lamenting the loss of these materials, I decided to learn how to make them. With the help of Ron Mowrey, an ex-Kodak emulsion chemist, I […]
  • Nature First Photography.org
    As today is Earth Day, 2019, I’d like to share a new website, NatureFirstPhotography.org. It’s an organization that wants to help preserve nature by changing how we photograph and share our photos. I have joined Nature First myself. Nature First Principles Overview Nature First is built on seven core principles that help communicate how each […]
  • Close Appearance of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon – Jan 29th to Feb 2nd, 2019
    I’ve been working over at MilkyWayPhotographers.com with a great group of people to create content for the site. So I’m not going to have time to make an Astro-Photography Notes for February. But my latest article there does discuss the close appearance of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon in the morning sky for the […]
  • How to Photograph the Total Lunar Eclipse
    HI all – I just posted a tutorial I wrote over on the MilkyWayPhotographers.com website that covers pretty much every aspect of photographing a total lunar eclipse. Oh, and there happens to be one this upcoming Sunday, January 20th 2019 that’s visible in all of the Americas. If you have clear weather, get out and […]
  • Introducing MilkyWayPhotographers.com
    If you’re a visitor to my site, you’re probably interested in Milky Way photography. So, I’d like to share with you a new project I’ve been working on for the last month. Along with the Photog Adventures guys, Aaron King and Brendon Porter, we’ve put together a new resource for night sky and astro-landscape photographers. […]
  • Astro-Landscape Photography Notes for January 2019
    January Highlights I’ve picked four (well, really five) highlights for this month – Total Lunar Eclipse on January 20-21st for North and South America as well as the western edge of Europe. See below for an in-depth discussion on shooting this lunar eclipse. Two close approaches of Venus and the Moon – Venus and a […]
  • Thor’s Rainbow
    Shooting Thor’s Well and the Milky Way My friends Aaron King, Brendon Porter, Drew Armstrong and I first visited Thor’s Well during a weeklong tour of the Oregon Coast in November 2017. I had met Brendon and Aaron through their PhotogAdventures.com podcast and YouTube channel that they had started a year before. Drew had met […]
  • Astro-Landscape Photography Notes for December 2018
    stro-Landscape Photography Notes for December 2018 The following information is designed with the Astro-Landscape Photographer in mind. I searched the web for information about astronomical objects that were presented in a condensed form that a landscape photographer could use to plan interesting photographs. I couldn’t find any I liked, so I made this list for […]
  • Astro-Landscape Photography Notes for November 2018
    The following information is designed with the Astro-Landscape Photographer in mind. I searched the web for information about astronomical objects that were presented in a condensed form that a landscape photographer could use to plan interesting photographs. I couldn’t find any I liked, so I made this list for myself. After putting all this together, […]
  • Moonset and Milky Way, Haystack Rock – Cannon Beach, Oregon
    Moonset and Milky Way, Haystack Rock – Cannon Beach, Oregon October is getting late into Milky Way season. But it’s a great time to get clear skies on the Oregon Coast. The weather can be amazing any time of year on the Oregon Coast. But it’s quite common to have a marine layer of clouds […]
  • Oregon Coast Photo Locations
    In preparation for the Photog Adventures 2017 Oregon Coast Listener Adventure, I prepared a Google Maps document with several Oregon coast photo locations that could be of interest to photographers. As with most documents I make, I figure someone else out on the web may find it interesting. There are many great locations listed, like […]
  • Astro-Landscape Photography Notes October 2018
      About these Notes The following Astro-Landscape Photography Notes October 2018 is designed with the nightscape photographer in mind. I searched the web for information about astronomical objects that were presented in a condensed form that a landscape photographer could use to plan interesting photographs. When I couldn’t find any I liked, I made this […]
  • Updates to Technical Info Page – Wall and Noritsu
    It’s been about a year since I moved this website to a WordPress based site from a static HTML site that I started in the mid-90s.  As I moved 5 sites in this process, some links were broken in the process. I fixed a couple of them tonight. Wall and Noritsu I have some pdfs […]
  • Astro-Landscape September 2018 Photography Notes
    There are two Astro-Landscape September 2018 Highlights for this month – Four Visible Planets in a Row. Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, in that order, will all be in a row across in the evening sky. Zodiacal Light. September and March are the only times of the year to see this phenomenon, and for only […]
  • Astro-Landscape August 2018 Photography Notes
    The following Astro-Landscape August 2018 information is designed with the Astro-Landscape Photographer in mind. I looked around the web for information that a landscape photographer could use to plan interesting photographs that include astronomic objects that were presented in a condensed form. I couldn’t find any I liked, so I made this list for myself. […]
  • Astro-Landscape Photography Notes – July 2018
    Astro Photog Guide for July 2018 The following information is designed with the Astro-Landscape Photographer in mind. I looked around the web and didn’t find anything in a condensed form that I liked which was specific to the landscape photographer, so I made this list for myself.  Note: Local times may vary based on your […]
  • Blue Hour at Crater Lake National Park
    Last June, I travelled with Aaron King and Brendon Porter of Photog Adventures fame to Crater Lake National Park. If you’re not familiar with Photog Adventures, it is Podcast, a YouTube channel, and Facebook Group that discusses landscape photography with a focus on shooting the Milky Way. We had spent the previous night shooting the […]
  • Photog Adventures at Crater Lake, June 2017
    One of my favorite nights out shooting the Milky Way last year was when I got to meet up with Aaron King and Brendon Porter of Photog Adventures fame at Crater Lake National Park. If you’re not familiar with Photog Adventures, it is Podcast, a YouTube channel, and Facebook Group that discusses landscape photography with […]
  • Milky Way Over Wizard Island, Crater Lake National Park
    Several times in the last year, I had the good fortune to photograph the Milky Way nightscapes with Aaron King and Brendon Porter, hosts of the Podcast and YouTube channel Photog Adventures. I found their shows in early 2017, and immediately contacted them, as we share many of the same interests. I suggested meeting up […]
  • New/Old Posts
    I recently added all the images from my old website into WordPress posts. I’m trying to get it all set up to connect with Facebook – let see if it works! Here are some of my old Grand Landscape photos:  
  • Calf Creek Falls and Trees
    Location: Calf Creek Falls State Park, Near Escalante, Utah Camera: Linhof Technika IV 4×5 Lens: 90 mm Rodenstock Grandagon-G Film: Kodak T-Max 100 Readyload About the Moment: Although it was the first week of October, the noon time temperature was in the high-eighties (°F). The round trip distance to the lower falls is 5.5 miles […]
  • Dune Grass in Wind
    Location: Honeymann State Park, Oregon Coast, USA Camera: Linhof Technika IV 4×5 Lens: 240 mm Schneider G-Claron Film: Fuji Acros 100 Quickloads About the Moment: This photograph was taken one one of the hottest days in May on the Oregon coast. The temperature here is normally in the 60s, while the day I took this […]
  • Zabriske Point
    Location: Death Valley Nation Point, USA Camera: Linhof Technika IV 4×5 Lens: 240 mm Schneider G-Claron Film: Kodak TMax 100 About the Moment: This photograph was taken while on a spring break trip in college. It was a windy day and dust was flying everywhere. Much of my film from this trip was ruined by […]