About an hour and 15 minutes prior to the image that I posted last, the hints of dawn were already visible.
After an hour of trying to get star images through the moving clouds, the first hints of light started at astronomical twilight. This image unfolded half an hour later, just a few minutes before nautical twilight, as the sky really started to brighten directly behind Mount Thielsen.
The rapidly changing light was quite a treat, but nowhere near the treat as watching Jupiter (just left of frame center) rise in the eastern sky, visible well after sunrise.
The surprise in this image was the airplane directly over the peak. I don’t recall seeing it when I took the picture, but there were quite a few out that morning. Their low rumble was the only man-made sound I heard for a few hours.
That alone made getting up to watch this worthwhile.
We were disappointed in the lack of clarity in the sky, as there are several wildfires in the region. Luckily we got there when we did, as a thunderstorm rolled through two days later and started a wildfire on the slopes.
Unfortunately, we didn’t make the hike down to the lake. You can see the trail extending down from the lower left, using switchbacks to drop down the steep slopes toward the lake. It’s only about two miles round trip, but in our haste to pack the car and drive out to southeast Oregon, we left all of our water carrying bottles and bladders at the house and the water filter was back at the camp. So at the elevation (~9,000′) on a hot day, we wisely decided to not make the jaunt. Oh well, a good excuse to return to the lake.
While the last two posts have been longer exposures (15 seconds and 5 seconds, respectively) to lend a mood, an atmosphere if you will, to the image, an element of character ends up missing.
For the “Stormy McLoughlin“, the 15 second exposure, the character was really in the clouds. Sweeping across the frame, each cloud was its own character. In the longer exposure, the textures disappear in the sky and water and give a sense of an oil painting.
A fun feel, but missing some of the texture.
Here’s a similar angle, with a different orientation, and with a much quicker exposure (1/40th second) to capture the character of the clouds and lake.
Do you have a preference? If so, what does it for you? What doesn’t do it for you?
Although it’s not quite autumn, we’re getting hints of it here in southern Oregon.
The last few months have been quite crazy for both Goddess and I. I trained for and rode the annual Seattle to Portland bike ride (200 miles/322km), then jumped right into Bike School. As soon as I was done with Bike School, Goddess started her schooling.
I’ll leave it up to her to announce what that may be, should she choose.
Knowing that I had but a few weeks before I started the next phase of Bike School, we decided to head to one of the high mountain lakes for a bit of a breather.
She took her books to study, I took my camera.
Here we are at Fourmile Lake, one of the highest lakes in Oregon, sitting at 5,800′. Up there, it’s autumn. Unfortunately, it’s all evergreen trees. I’m hoping for some color.
But after a long, hot summer, the lake water, all from snow melt, is still darn cold. Just as it should be.
It was a nice break before the weekend, where I spent a morning tackling Mount Ashland, our local mountain, on my bicycle.
Nothing significant, but it can be when the race starts in town (1,800′) and it’s every racer for themselves to the top (6,500′). For the quick ones, it’s between 1.5 and 2 hours. For the rest of us, it’s closer to 3 hours.
Most of it suffering.
For all of us.
But when there’s scenery like this around, none of it should be considered suffering.
But switching from a standard diurnal sleep schedule to one that allowed us to catch a moonset at 05:54am local time, some two hours away, took a bit of planning.
Luckily, our preparation sleep didn’t work out as planned.
So that meant that we started the drive to Crater Lake a few hours earlier than we had planned. Which gave us the time to play a bit.
20 seconds at a time.
For those that keep track, that’s a 20-second exposure, two hundred times, at ISO800, with a 28/1.8 lens set at f4.0. Stacked and processed.
So approximately 90 minutes of images to track the stars.
But what does “Charioteer” have to do with it? It’s the Anglicized nickname of the constellation Auriga, of which its brightest star, just left of center, is rising from and to the right of the Llao Rock. The star is known as Capella, third brightest in the northern celestial hemisphere.
Thankfully, we were helped by an almost full moon directly behind us, front lighting the all of the terrestrial features. At the median time that the image was taken, the full moon wouldn’t be for another 10 hours, in the middle of the day.
That wouldn’t do.
But this will.
Oh, and for those of you that are curious about that bright streak in the lake, just lower right of Wizard Island, that is a pollen raft. The pollen from the trees surrounding the lake will settle on the surface and the wind will push the particles together. So you’ll often see expansive pollen rafts scattered about Crater Lake. But the season has passed, leaving this one behind.
For those of you who have enjoyed the images, you may not realize that I do offer my prints for sale.
Each image is a click-through, meaning if you click on it, it will take you to another site. For those I think enough of to offer as a print, which are not all of them, it will take you to my web site where you can purchase them and have them delivered directly to you. Without watermarks.
Since I have not done a very good job of making this known, I’m offering two coupons valid for the rest of July, 2013. You just have to browse over to my online gallery.
For purchases up to $300 (before shipping), the discount is 15%. Just use the code 13Summer when checking out.
For purchases above $300 (before shipping), the discount is 20%. Just use the code 13Summer20 when checking out.
Unfortunately, only one coupon is valid per order.
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While I mainly post landscape images here, I do have several other genres that I enjoy capturing: Travel, Architecture, Nature, Street and Autos. Each genre is available directly from my main page.
Thank you for your consideration. And for stopping by to read my rambles.