Ok, I have to admit, I have started to become a little addicted to these evening Milky Way Shots! They are a lot of fun to capture, and there is a certain social aspect that I don’t mind too if you head out with a few buds.
Here are two more shots captured on separate evenings.
The first night that we headed out, was quite late. We had been advised that skies would clear, and be patient. When we got to the location (Porteau Cove), it was an absolute disaster. CLOUDS EVERYWHERE! I almost packed it in, as I did not want to keep the other two that were with me from anything they may have needed to tend to. That being said, just as I was about to say “This is a dogs breakfast, lets bail”, one of them said, “Well, why don’t we just hang around for a bit and see what happens?”. I agreed, and it wasn’t before too long that a few southerly winds started to pick up, and the skies just magically started to clear.
The shots require a lot of patience and a VERY steady tripod as the exposures are quite long.
Here are the shots, enjoy.
I just added this image which was taken on the weekend. I did not do a lot to the image as I was somewhat anxious to get a post up as I have not had one up in quite awhile!
The image was taken on the 2nd night visit to Porteau Cove. It is about 25km outside the north of the city of Vancouver. It was a bit of a gamble shoot, because I was not really sure what to expect with the weather.
The weather in the city was socked in with fog and some cloud. By the time we drove out there, it had pretty much cleared up for the most part. Enough for me to be able to get the image below.
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The piece, (03 – Vancouver at Dusk), shot from the top of the Shangri La before they opened is one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen living in Vancouver. Amazing colors. Amazing light.
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Here is another shot of Mosquito Creek that I meant to add yesterday. This time a Portrait version.
Both images (yesterday & today) as always are available in limited quantity print (30 and that is it).
I am pretty sure this is the worst snowfall this year. That combined with the wind which knocked my power out SEVEN TIMES between 8am – 10:30am!!
As I was getting frustrated with the power continuously going out, I figured I may as well go for a walk up the creek to see what I could see (sounds like the bear went over the mountain).
The conditions were pretty crazy, with some good gusts up around 50 – 60km/hr, blowing the snow off trees making for a bit of a difficult shooting situation. I actually took a small umbrella with me to put over the camera as I was shooting pretty long exposures (between 3 – 6 seconds).
Here is the shot of the creek with the overhanging trees covered in snow.
I normally don’t like to shoot with the snow actually falling, but “figured what the heck” this time around. All in all, I’m pretty happy with the shot.
I do have to say after editing a number of images and working with Lightroom, I can see a noticeable difference in dynamic range of light between the Nikon D800E & Canon 5D Mark III. I can push the Nikon noticeably further with less noise.
Woke up this morning to find that the sky was actually clear around here… I had a hunch that if I headed down toward the dam, that I might catch some interesting light.
The light that came up above the clouds was unbelievable, and the color was amazing! It didn’t last long, but I managed to capture Sun Drenched Peaks