@rachel_jones_ross

Rachel - Astralis Photography @rachel_jones_ross

@SonyAlpha Ambassador #AlphaCollective Sponsored by @bhphoto Workshops: Alpha Female Retreat ☃️ Canadian Rockies Fall 🍁 Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

https://www.astralisphotography.com/

I was sure when I set out on a week long adventure to shoot the night sky in the desert that I’d get mostly clear skies. Well, that wasn’t the case. @missjessbess and I drove hundreds of miles each day in search of clear skies. But even when the skies weren’t clear, we got some pretty amazing night skies. This was a twilight shot that we managed to capture before the clouds swallowed the stars. 
I shot this on my Sony A7RIII with the new Sony 24mm f/1.4 GMaster. This lens is such a dream to work with. At f/1.4 it’s super sharp, and really lets the light in as the last glow from the sun dips below the horizon. Thank you @SonyAlpha for supporting this part of my #100NightsUndertheStars project. 
#BeAlpha #AlphaCollective
@rachel_jones_ross

I was sure when I set out on a week long adventure to shoot the night sky in the desert that I’d get mostly clear skies. Well, that wasn’t the case. @missjessbess and I drove hundreds of miles each day in search of clear skies. But even when the skies weren’t clear, we got some pretty amazing night skies. This was a twilight shot that we managed to capture before the clouds swallowed the stars. I shot this on my Sony A7RIII with the new Sony 24mm f/1.4 GMaster. This lens is such a dream to work with. At f/1.4 it’s super sharp, and really lets the light in as the last glow from the sun dips below the horizon. Thank you @SonyAlpha for supporting this part of my #100nightsunderthestars project. #bealpha #alphacollective

Together with the support of @SonyAlpha, I am chasing aurora in Iceland this week as part of my #100NightsUnderTheStars project. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I could have slept through the night and missed this moment entirely if it weren’t for my friend @dw_photo_ca waking me with excited murmurs about an Aurora. I reluctantly climbed out from under my warm covers in the camper van, grabbed my gear, and spent the next 12 hours photographing some of the most magical night skies I’ve ever been lucky enough to experience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The black sand beach at Vestrahorn froze briefly, and transformed into an ethereal winter garden of blooming frost flowers that stretched as far as my eyes could see in the pale moonlight. The aurora danced and flickered over the icy ripples and jagged spines of the frost flowers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If this image is the only one I got on this trip, I’d go home with a happy heart. Luckily, there is a forecast for another aurora storm next week before I leave! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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@rachel_jones_ross

Together with the support of @SonyAlpha, I am chasing aurora in Iceland this week as part of my #100nightsunderthestars project. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I could have slept through the night and missed this moment entirely if it weren’t for my friend @dw photo ca waking me with excited murmurs about an Aurora. I reluctantly climbed out from under my warm covers in the camper van, grabbed my gear, and spent the next 12 hours photographing some of the most magical night skies I’ve ever been lucky enough to experience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The black sand beach at Vestrahorn froze briefly, and transformed into an ethereal winter garden of blooming frost flowers that stretched as far as my eyes could see in the pale moonlight. The aurora danced and flickered over the icy ripples and jagged spines of the frost flowers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If this image is the only one I got on this trip, I’d go home with a happy heart. Luckily, there is a forecast for another aurora

In January I embarked on a personal challenge to spend #100NightsUnderTheStars It has been super challenging to say the least. The clouds have chased me hundreds upon hundreds of miles in search of clear skies, and some of the clearest nights at home in the Rockies were some of the coldest, reaching low temperatures of -35 C. It has been tiring (...if I’m honest, it’s been brutally exhausting) at times. But also so rewarding in countless ways. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I have received so much support that it seems impossible to fail. My project is supported by @SonyAlpha and @BHphoto. I have also received invaluable support from friends who have driven hundreds of miles so I could sleep between shoots, and patiently encouraged me when fatigue has gotten the best of me. They have pushed me to learn and grow, even in moments when I would have rather slept. They critique my work, share ideas, and dream with me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Today I want to say a special thank you to @mrhollender, @missjessbess, @simonmikesimon, and @dw_photo_ca for being in my corner, and @SonyAlpha and @BHPhoto for supporting my creative journey. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I hope you had a chance to tune into my stories from my desert adventures with @missjessbess last week. I was home long enough to wash my clothes and recharge my batteries. Tomorrow I will land in Iceland with @dw_photo_ca . Follow along on our quest to chase aurora for the next leg of my #100NightsUnderTheStarsProject ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Shot my my #SonyA7RIII with the new (and incredibly sharp) #Sony 24 mm 1.4 G Master. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This image was a blue hour blend. I shot the foreground at f/11, ISO 100 for 30 seconds, and blended it with 47 stacked exposures for the sky shot at f/1.4, ISO 10000, for 3.2 seconds. 
#BeAlpha #AlphaCollective #SlikTripods #SlikUSA #ShootSlik
@rachel_jones_ross

In January I embarked on a personal challenge to spend #100nightsunderthestars It has been super challenging to say the least. The clouds have chased me hundreds upon hundreds of miles in search of clear skies, and some of the clearest nights at home in the Rockies were some of the coldest, reaching low temperatures of -35 C. It has been tiring (...if I’m honest, it’s been brutally exhausting) at times. But also so rewarding in countless ways. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have received so much support that it seems impossible to fail. My project is supported by @SonyAlpha and @BHphoto. I have also received invaluable support from friends who have driven hundreds of miles so I could sleep between shoots, and patiently encouraged me when fatigue has gotten the best of me. They have pushed me to learn and grow, even in moments when I would have rather slept. They critique my work, share ideas, and dream with me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I’ll be chasing desert skies this week, as I work toward my #100NightsUnderTheStars project. And, thanks to the support of @sonyalpha for this project, I finally got my hands on the new Sony 24 mm f/1.4 to try out for astro! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I’ve heard such great things about it. This is my first night shoot on this lens, and so far I’m a bit in love. Hehe It’s clearly super sharp, but it’s also my first time shooting night skies at f/1.4. The benefit of the wide aperture is that I can get a sky like this during twilight at f/1.4, for only 5 seconds (which means no unintended star trails) at ISO 3200 (super low noise for night shooting). I can’t wait to use it in Death Valley for the next 5 days! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Follow along on my 100 Nights Under the Stars project this week in my stories!
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Thanks for looking! 
#BeAlpha #AlphaCollective #ShootSlik ##SlikUSA
@rachel_jones_ross

I’ll be chasing desert skies this week, as I work toward my #100nightsunderthestars project. And, thanks to the support of @sonyalpha for this project, I finally got my hands on the new Sony 24 mm f/1.4 to try out for astro! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve heard such great things about it. This is my first night shoot on this lens, and so far I’m a bit in love. Hehe It’s clearly super sharp, but it’s also my first time shooting night skies at f/1.4. The benefit of the wide aperture is that I can get a sky like this during twilight at f/1.4, for only 5 seconds (which means no unintended star trails) at ISO 3200 (super low noise for night shooting). I can’t wait to use it in Death Valley for the next 5 days! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Follow along on my 100 Nights Under the Stars project this week in my stories! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks for looking! #bealpha

This past weekend I had the opportunity to return to #YeahFieldTrip for the second year in a row. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On my first visit, I had just joined the Sony #AlphaCollective. I was so nervous about attending my first event with Sony. Of course, I had no need to be nervous. I met so many amazing people, some of whom I’d end up shooting, creating, and traveling with throughout the whole last year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Thank you @SonyAlpha for all of the ways you have supported me and helped me grow this past year. Thank you @missjessbess for the beautiful photo, and for inspiring me in so many ways. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Shot on the Sony A7RIII with the 70-200 mm G Master #BeAlpha
@rachel_jones_ross

This past weekend I had the opportunity to return to #yeahfieldtrip for the second year in a row. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On my first visit, I had just joined the Sony #alphacollective. I was so nervous about attending my first event with Sony. Of course, I had no need to be nervous. I met so many amazing people, some of whom I’d end up shooting, creating, and traveling with throughout the whole last year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This year I returned and taught two night classes with Sony, and spent the weekend taking in classes, meeting new creative souls, and enjoying the warmth of the desert with some talented creators. I left feeling connected, and creatively recharged. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you @SonyAlpha for all of the ways you have supported me and helped me grow this past year. Thank you @missjessbess for the beautiful photo, and for inspiring me in so many

What is your favourite aspect of social media? .
I think it’s easy to get caught up in the pitfalls of Instagram but I also recognize that this platform has opened up a world of possibilities for me, and I have met some of my best friends here. I’m really grateful for the community I have found through Instagram!
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I’m back in the Canadian Rockies with a group of fabulous women for my Alpha Female Ladies Retreat! And super grateful to have the talented (and new member of the Sony Alpha Imaging Alpha Collective) @missjessbess here assisting me. Check out their pages to see what we get up to! . 
@kelly_cole_photography
@swgoudge
@bethbuglione
@karenhuynh_ 
@vanessafruitjarproductions 
@_danacano
@jeanatravels 
Vivien Zheng

#BeAlphaHawaii #AlphaColleective
@rachel_jones_ross

What is your favourite aspect of social media? . I think it’s easy to get caught up in the pitfalls of Instagram but I also recognize that this platform has opened up a world of possibilities for me, and I have met some of my best friends here. I’m really grateful for the community I have found through Instagram! . I’m back in the Canadian Rockies with a group of fabulous women for my Alpha Female Ladies Retreat! And super grateful to have the talented (and new member of the Sony Alpha Imaging Alpha Collective) @missjessbess here assisting me. Check out their pages to see what we get up to! . @kelly cole photography @swgoudge @bethbuglione @karenhuynh @vanessafruitjarproductions @ danacano @jeanatravels Vivien Zheng #bealphahawaii #alphacolleective

Have you ever had to move during a storm?

When I got home from my trip to Hawaii I had to move to my new house in the coldest weather we have had all winter. It was such a big shock to the body to wake up one day in temperatures above 25 Celsius, and come home to temperatures below -30 Celsius. Moving during a polar vortex wasn’t ideal, but we are loving our new place. 
My kids were really amazing throughout the whole process. The day after the movers came, I hosted a workshop in the Rockies while the kids unpacked, got the wifi connected (I think that was the first thing they did 😂😂😂) and got the utilities switched to the new place. Thank you to everyone who braved the cold to help us get settled into our new home @inkandclaw @dan.pountney @rylan_ross_photography 
And thank you @sonyalpha for the opportunity to visit this tropical paradise. 🐢 #BeAlphaHawaii #AlphaCollective 
Shot on my Sony A9 with the Sony 24-70 mm f/2.8 G Master. ✈️
@rachel_jones_ross

Have you ever had to move during a storm? When I got home from my trip to Hawaii I had to move to my new house in the coldest weather we have had all winter. It was such a big shock to the body to wake up one day in temperatures above 25 Celsius, and come home to temperatures below -30 Celsius. Moving during a polar vortex wasn’t ideal, but we are loving our new place. My kids were really amazing throughout the whole process. The day after the movers came, I hosted a workshop in the Rockies while the kids unpacked, got the wifi connected (I think that was the first thing they did 😂😂😂) and got the utilities switched to the new place. Thank you to everyone who braved the cold to help us get settled into our new home @inkandclaw @dan.pountney @rylan ross photography And thank you @sonyalpha for the opportunity to visit this tropical paradise. 🐢 #bealphahawaii #alphacollective Shot on my Sony A9 with the Sony 24-70 mm f/2.8 G Master. ✈️

Aloha from Kauai! A few days ago I traded snowy landscapes for sea breezes, swaying palm trees, and tropical fish with my Sony Alpha family for #BeAlphaHawaii. I’m traveling with some old friends @gjaden @erinoutdoors @stevint @missjessbess and some new friends @dylanspitz @imanor @nakulbphotog @matthewkimble @scott_kranz It’s been an amazing trip. Wheneveri have the chance to travel with @sonyalpha or travel with other creators I always learn so much. Seeing beautiful places, and taking photos is the smallest part of what I come away with when I travel with this crew. This trip one of the things I’ve enjoyed learning the most is underwater photography. It’s so different from anything I normally do. I shot this on my RX100VI with @sonyalpha underwater housing. It’s such an incredible and humbling experience to be so close to the sea turtles in their ocean home. 🐢Thank you @sonyalpha for making this experience possible for us! #BeAlpha #AlphaCollective
@rachel_jones_ross

Aloha from Kauai! A few days ago I traded snowy landscapes for sea breezes, swaying palm trees, and tropical fish with my Sony Alpha family for #bealphahawaii. I’m traveling with some old friends @gjaden @erinoutdoors @stevint @missjessbess and some new friends @dylanspitz @imanor @nakulbphotog @matthewkimble @scott kranz It’s been an amazing trip. Wheneveri have the chance to travel with @sonyalpha or travel with other creators I always learn so much. Seeing beautiful places, and taking photos is the smallest part of what I come away with when I travel with this crew. This trip one of the things I’ve enjoyed learning the most is underwater photography. It’s so different from anything I normally do. I shot this on my RX100VI with @sonyalpha underwater housing. It’s such an incredible and humbling experience to be so close to the sea turtles in their ocean home. 🐢Thank you @sonyalpha for making this experience possible for us! #bealpha #alphacollective

I am beyond excited to announce a new project today! In partnership with @sonyalpha and @bhphoto I will be spending 100 Nights under the stars this year! This is a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I will be timelapsing, and photographing the night sky, and doing tons of behind the scenes stories for you. If you would like to see more of my project, follow the hashtag #100NightsUnderTheStars 
Thank you all for your amazing support! 
Rachel
@rachel_jones_ross

I am beyond excited to announce a new project today! In partnership with @sonyalpha and @bhphoto I will be spending 100 Nights under the stars this year! This is a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I will be timelapsing, and photographing the night sky, and doing tons of behind the scenes stories for you. If you would like to see more of my project, follow the hashtag #100nightsunderthestars Thank you all for your amazing support! Rachel

Oh winter! How I love your icy beauty! 
My Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop - Alpha Female Retreat sponsored by @bhphoto is well underway! I have an amazing group of women this week. I’m inspired by their spirit of adventure: last night @thewanderlustbrunette and @jeanine.holotuik stayed out on the ice long after the light faded, despite the wind and cold! Girls after my own heart. ♥️ also check out the rest of my crew @angieshehane.photo @valenciatom @imagesbyalena 
Shot on my Sony A7RIII with my Sony 12-24 mm f/4 lens. #bealpha #AlphaCollective #SlikUSA #ShootSlik @SonyAlpha @bhphoto
@rachel_jones_ross

Oh winter! How I love your icy beauty! My Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop - Alpha Female Retreat sponsored by @bhphoto is well underway! I have an amazing group of women this week. I’m inspired by their spirit of adventure: last night @thewanderlustbrunette and @jeanine.holotuik stayed out on the ice long after the light faded, despite the wind and cold! Girls after my own heart. ♥️ also check out the rest of my crew @angieshehane.photo @valenciatom @imagesbyalena Shot on my Sony A7RIII with my Sony 12-24 mm f/4 lens. #bealpha #alphacollective #slikusa #shootslik @SonyAlpha @bhphoto

Happy Holidays! 🎄

I’m still editing photos from the ladies retreat sponsored by @bhphoto. I spent 5 days shooting and exploring with women who inspire me with their creativity, skill, and thirst for adventure. @tracyleephotos @missjessbess @dreamingandwandering @themandagies @charlottelittlewolf @kelly_mena @brook_asaurus I can’t wait to get out shooting with you all again! ♥️ We stayed at the iconic @emeraldlakelodge in Yoho National Park, and explored the surrounding areas. 
I have one spot left on my January 16th - 21st Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop - Alpha Female Retreat. See the link in my bio for more info. ☺️ 📸 I shot this timelapse on my Sony A7RIII (see my stories for the full crop!) with the Zeiss 21 mm Loxia. The moon was so bright that I was able to shoot at f/16, 10 second exposures, ISO 3200. I edited it in Adobe Camera Raw, then processed the timelapse in @adobe after effects. 
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season spent with your loved ones. 🎄🎁 #alphacollective #bealpha #SlikUSA #ShootSlik @sonyalpha @bhphoto @slikusa
@rachel_jones_ross

Happy Holidays! 🎄 I’m still editing photos from the ladies retreat sponsored by @bhphoto. I spent 5 days shooting and exploring with women who inspire me with their creativity, skill, and thirst for adventure. @tracyleephotos @missjessbess @dreamingandwandering @themandagies @charlottelittlewolf @kelly mena @brook asaurus I can’t wait to get out shooting with you all again! ♥️ We stayed at the iconic @emeraldlakelodge in Yoho National Park, and explored the surrounding areas. I have one spot left on my January 16th - 21st Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop - Alpha Female Retreat. See the link in my bio for more info. ☺️ 📸 I shot this timelapse on my Sony A7RIII (see my stories for the full crop!) with the Zeiss 21 mm Loxia. The moon was so bright that I was able to shoot at f/16, 10 second exposures, ISO 3200. I edited it in Adobe Camera Raw, then processed the timelapse in @adobe after effects. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season spent with your loved

I hope you have had a chance to follow all of the stories over the last week from the ladies retreat sponsored by @bhphoto . We had such an amazing time! All of these women inspire me so much! @tracyleephotos @missjessbess @dreamingandwandering @themandagies @charlottelittlewolf @kelly_mena @brook_asaurus 
I’m super excited to announce that in partnership with @bhphoto I will be offering a learning grant available to one woman on my next ladies photography workshop! The grant will cover $500 toward airfare, workshop tuition, transportation, and accommodations at @emeraldlakelodge To apply, visit my website, and using the contact form, write me a short paragraph about how the workshop will help you accomplish your goals in photography. 
Thank you so much to @bhphoto for supporting women in photography and for making events like this one possible!

Shot on my Sony A7RIII with the Sony 16-35 mm GMaster. I am so impressed with the battery life on the A7RIII in the cold weather. I can shoot timelapse for over 6 hours in temperatures between -15C and -20C! #AlphaCollective #BeAlpha @sonyalpha @slikusa #Shootslik
@rachel_jones_ross

I hope you have had a chance to follow all of the stories over the last week from the ladies retreat sponsored by @bhphoto . We had such an amazing time! All of these women inspire me so much! @tracyleephotos @missjessbess @dreamingandwandering @themandagies @charlottelittlewolf @kelly mena @brook asaurus I’m super excited to announce that in partnership with @bhphoto I will be offering a learning grant available to one woman on my next ladies photography workshop! The grant will cover $500 toward airfare, workshop tuition, transportation, and accommodations at @emeraldlakelodge To apply, visit my website, and using the contact form, write me a short paragraph about how the workshop will help you accomplish your goals in photography. Thank you so much to @bhphoto for supporting women in photography and for making events like this one possible! Shot on my Sony A7RIII with the Sony 16-35 mm GMaster. I am so impressed with the battery life on the A7RIII in the cold weather. I can


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