In 2014 I left my job of 9 years to start my dream job at SmugMug. Getting to work on a photography product that I'm extremely passionate about, for a company that knows how to treat its employees well, has been nothing short of "amazing". Every year SmugMug takes all of its employees and their families on a company retreat. My favorite part of the trip is the chance to get to know my coworkers better ... or get to know employees that I don't know at all. This year we were in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and it was a perfect chance to do a *lot* of photography!
As one of the more serious landscape photographers in the company, I planned a few photo outings for anyone at the company to join. One of the first nights I took about 20 coworkers (and a few family members) to Jenny Lake to photograph the Milky Way. A few people had never seen seen the Milky Way with their bare eyes, so it was pretty fun to see their eyes light up when they looked into the southern sky and saw it sitting there.
We photographed the Milky Way for a few hours and it was a lot of fun to play "workshop leader". I setup my camera to do a time-lapse, which meant I could run around making sure everyone else was getting the photos they wanted. Some people had never even taken a photo at night, and others had never even used a tripod before! The most amazing thing was seeing how each person had a different eye for the scene; I don't think anyone had the same exact photo, despite the fact that we were packed on a beach like sardines.
Here the Milky Way reflects off Jenny Lake, as the Milky Way looms over Teewinot Mountain.
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
15mm, f/2.8, 20 sec, ISO 3200