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  • Milky Way over Colonial and Pyramid Peaks
  • Grandy Lake Sunset, Skagit County
  • Skagit Valley Barn
  • Park Butte Lookout 1
  • Mount Rainier and Avalanche Lillys, Goat Rock Wilderness
  • Start of the trail
  • 2 page 2014 Fall Classes(1)

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Looking up at the Overlook

Last two nights and two sets of photos, first on Friday night, Sept. 19th, at the Diablo Lake Overlook, on the North Cascades Highway…

Milky Way over Colonial and Pyramid Peaks

Milky Way over Colonial and Pyramid Peaks

Starry night over Diablo Dam

Starry night over Diablo Dam

and then on Saturday night at the Samish Overlook near Blanchard Mountain.

Skagit Valley, Northern Hemisphere, Planet Earth, in the outer rim of the Milky Way Galaxy

Skagit Valley, Northern Hemisphere, Planet Earth, in the outer rim of the Milky Way Galaxy


We don’t often get the confluence ot no moon and clear skies here in Western Washington so I am counting my blessings!

Wilderness Photo Exhibition at the Smithsonian

To commemorate 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act the Wilderness 50 Coalition established a photo contest. The winners and honorable mentions, more than 100 images in all, are now on display at the Smithsonian!
Here is the link to the Wilderness Forever site.

I was lucky enough to have an image chosen as an honorable mention! Here it is.

Sunrise, Steven Mather Wilderness - North Cascades National Park

Sunrise, Steven Mather Wilderness – North Cascades National Park

I have never had any images win any thing or get chosen for any exhibition, and I must say its quite an honor. The winning images are really stunning. My favorite is the Milky Way shot over Second Beach in Olympic National Park. But have a look for yourself!

And here is a link to the Smithsonian web site where you can vote for your favorites!

Fall Sunset Images

Grandy Lake is a few miles north of the North Cascades Highway (Highway 20) along the Baker Lake Road. These images are from a few years ago, some really stunning clouds, reflections and colors…

Grandy Lake Sunset, Skagit County

Grandy Lake Sunset, Skagit County

Grandy Lake Sunset, Skagit County

Grandy Lake Sunset, Skagit County

Images for the new 2015 Washington State Scenic Calendar

Skagit Valley Barn

Skagit Valley Barn

Mount Rainier and the Milky Way. The lights on the mountains flanks are headlamps of climbers headed for the summit.

Mount Rainier and the Milky Way. The lights on the mountains flanks are headlamps of climbers headed for the summit.

Samish River Boats

Samish River Boats

Glacier Peak

Glacier Peak

Lake Ann from the Maple Pass Trail

Lake Ann from the Maple Pass Trail

Liberty Bell and the North Cascades Highway

Liberty Bell and the North Cascades Highway

Tulip Festival

Tulip Festival

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls

Spider Meadows

Spider Meadows

Skagit Valley

Skagit Valley

Park Butte Lookout and Mount Baker

Park Butte Lookout and Mount Baker

Dandelions in May

Dandelions in May

Choosing Images for the 2015 Calendar!

The end of the year is approaching. Time to start the selection process for the 2015 Calendar. Your help is needed! I will post groups of images and out of each grouping I need to select one image for the calendar.
Here are several images from the Park Butte Lookout and Mount Baker. Which do you fancy the most?

Park Butte Lookout 1

Park Butte Lookout 1

Park Butte Lookout 2

Park Butte Lookout 2

Park Butte Lookout 3

Park Butte Lookout 3

Park Butte Lookout 4

Park Butte Lookout 4

Here are 4 images from the Samish River area. Which of these would you vote for?

Sun and Clouds 1

Sun and Clouds 1

Sun and Clouds 2

Sun and Clouds 2

Sun and Clouds 3

Sun and Clouds 3

Here are two images of Palouse Falls. Which would you rather see in the calendar?

Palouse Falls 1

Palouse Falls 1

Palouse Falls 2

Palouse Falls 2

What about tulip images? Which of these two do you like most?

Tulip Fest 1

Tulip Fest 1

Tulip Fest 2

Tulip Fest 2

And lastly, what about these images of barn and dandelion, which would you vote for?

Barn Dandelions 1

Barn Dandelions 1

Barn Dandelions 2

Barn Dandelions 2

Barn Dandelions 3

Barn Dandelions 3

Barn Dandelions 4

Barn Dandelions 4

Just add a comment and indicate which image in each group you vote for. Thank you!!
Andy

Washington’s Mountains and the Milky Way

This year I have been lucky enough to capture some pretty cool Milky Way shots over the four tallest mountains in Washington State.
Here they are!

Mount Rainier and the Milky Way. The lights on the mountains flanks are headlamps of climbers headed for the summit.

Mount Rainier and the Milky Way. The lights on the mountains flanks are headlamps of climbers headed for the summit.


Mount Adams and the Pacific Crest Trail, Goat Rocks Wilderness

Mount Adams and the Pacific Crest Trail, Goat Rocks Wilderness


Milky Way over Glacier Peak

Milky Way over Glacier Peak


Mount Baker aligned with the galaxy!

Mount Baker aligned with the galaxy!

The Wilderness Act Turns 50 !

On September 3rd, 1964 President Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This watershed piece of legislation has been a cornerstone in preserving the wild lands of America.

The Wilderness Act provides a definition for wilderness: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”

I have been lucky enough to visit many wilderness areas and enjoy their majesty and solitude. Here are a few images from my travels.

Sahale Camp, Steven Mather Wilderness

Sahale Camp, Steven Mather Wilderness

Pasayten Wilderness

Pasayten Wilderness

Milky Way, Glacier Peak Wilderness

Milky Way, Glacier Peak Wilderness

Point of the Arches, Olympic Wilderness

Point of the Arches, Olympic Wilderness

Mount Rainier and Avalanche Lillys, Goat Rock Wilderness

Mount Rainier and Avalanche Lillys, Goat Rock Wilderness

Left Fork Canyon, Zion Wilderness

Left Fork Canyon, Zion Wilderness

Steeple Peak and Lost Temple Spire, Bridger-Teton Wilderness

Steeple Peak and Lost Temple Spire, Bridger-Teton Wilderness

Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Mount Olympus, Olympic Wilderness

Mount Olympus, Olympic Wilderness

Amphitheater Mountain, Pasayten Wilderness

Amphitheater Mountain, Pasayten Wilderness

Upper Lyman Lake, Glacier Peak Wilderness

Upper Lyman Lake, Glacier Peak Wilderness

Mount Baker and the Park Butte Lookout, Mount Baker Wilderness

Mount Baker and the Park Butte Lookout, Mount Baker Wilderness

Sunrise, Steven Mather Wilderness - This image will be displayed in the Smithsonian Museum as a part of the Wilderness 50 Celebration starting on Sept. 3rd, 2014

Sunrise, Steven Mather Wilderness – This image will be displayed in the Smithsonian Museum as a part of the Wilderness 50 Celebration starting on Sept. 3rd, 2014

Glacier Peak Wilderness: Spider Meadows – Buck Creek Pass Loop

Always looking for new adventures in the North Cascades I had heard for years about this loop. Its about 40 miles and covers some very striking terrain. The Glacier Peak Wilderness in in the North Cascades of Washington State, nestled between Highway 2 (Stevens Pass Highway) and Highway 20 (North Cascades Highway) its one of the most rugged parts of the state. We did the loop in 6 days and here are a few pictures!

Start of the trail

Start of the trail


We hiked the first day about 5 miles to Spider Meadows. There were many people camped here (it was on a Saturday) but not hard to find a wonderful camp in the endless green meadows. The sky was filled with wonderful clouds…
Spider Meadows

Spider Meadows

Spider Meadows

Spider Meadows

Spider Meadows

Spider Meadows

Spider Meadows

Spider Meadows

Spider Meadows

Spider Meadows

The next days hike took us up steep switchbacks above the valley, to the narrow defile of Spider Gap.

Spider Meadow from above

Spider Meadow from above

Lawrence on the trail to Spider Gap

Lawrence on the trail to Spider Gap

And then onto, up and over Spider Glacier. As we gained elevation the clouds got thicker. And when we reached the top the rain and hail started.

Ascending Spider Glacier

Ascending Spider Glacier

At the top of Spider Gap

At the top of Spider Gap

We donned rain gear and slid down the glacier on the other side, towards Upper Lyman Lake.

In the rain

In the rain

The sky was very dark and as we made our way down through the rain we encountered another hiker, who passed us by, on the same loop as us. Our paths would cross several times on our hike. His name was Steve and he had hiked more trails and miles in the North Cascades than anyone I had ever met.

The stark beauty of the valley captivated me and we dallied, wishing for clearing skies…

Clearing skies

Clearing skies

Soon our wishes were answered and the sun came out to greet us. The rocks and gray-green water of the lake were like a magnet for me.

Upper Lyman Lake

Upper Lyman Lake

Upper Lyman Lake

Upper Lyman Lake

Reluctantly we left and trekked down through some wonderful grasslands towards Lyman Lake.

Looking back at Spider Gap, the low saddle on the left

Looking back at Spider Gap, the low saddle on the left

Reflections in Upper Lyman Basin

Reflections in Upper Lyman Basin

On the way we passed a perfect spot to camp, and so stopped to lolly-gag in the sun while we got our wet gear dry. We had perfect views of Lower Lyman Lake and Cloudy and Bonanza Peaks.

Lower Lyman Lake

Lower Lyman Lake

Drying out in the sun

Drying out in the sun

Lower Lyman and Bonanza Peak

Lower Lyman and Bonanza Peak

The next day took us down into the forest and back up to Cloudy Pass. We could look back and see where we had crossed through Spider Gap.

Upper Lyman Basin from Cloudy Pass. The sun halo was...real!

Upper Lyman Basin from Cloudy Pass. The sun halo was…real!

Looking north from Suiattle Pass, down Agnes Gorge

Looking north from Suiattle Pass, down Agnes Gorge

Our trail took us over Suiattle Pass and along Miners Ridge and then down to a river crossing. Here our path was along the Pacific Crest Trail and we must have met more than a dozen thru-hikers, all hurrying along to complete their 2,400 mile quest.

Buck Creek Pass was another highpoint of the trip. From here a trail climbs and rounds Liberty Cap as it heads towards High Pass.

Glacier Peak: evening light

Glacier Peak: evening light

Glacier peak: Morning Light

Glacier peak: Morning Light

We camped here, with magnificent views of Glacier Peak.

Glacier Peak

Glacier Peak

The stars at night was alive.

Glacier Peak, Milky Way

Glacier Peak, Milky Way

Glacier Peak, Milky Way

Glacier Peak, Milky Way

Early the next morning we made our way along a wonderful ridge to High Pass. Here we could get a glimpse of the barren rocks and snow around Triad Lake.

Steve at High Pass

Steve at High Pass

Triad Lake

Triad Lake


Making it back to our camp we gathered our stuff and hiked back to the car. The wildflowers along the trail down from Buck Creek pass were beyond compare!
Glacier Peak, wildflowers

Glacier Peak, wildflowers

Glacier Peak, wildflowers

Glacier Peak, wildflowers

All in all one the most satisfying loop treks I have done in Washington!

Photo Classes in the Fall!

Lake Ann framed in Fire weed. From the Maple Pass Trail.

Lake Ann framed in Fire weed. From the Maple Pass Trail.

This fall I am offering 3 photo classes. Well, two of the classes are packaged together, but really 3 different classes.

The first class, Take Better Pictures with Your Digital, DSLR Camera is a class I have been teaching now for a while. This class is intended for anyone relatively new to DSLR cameras and/or anyone who is somewhat disappointed with how their pictures look. We will cover how to shoot in the manual mode, how to bracket your exposures so you’ll get better pictures, capturing your images in the RAW format and some basics about using a polarizing filter.

The next class Photography Composition and Basic Editing is first, all about how to compose a great picture and then how to edit them. Composition is all about where you, as the photographer, stand, or sit, or lay on the ground to take the picture! In this class we’ll cover subject placement and how to use your surroundings to create the most out aesthetic image. Our discussion will cover leading lines, framing, reflections and many more techniques to add elements of interest. At the end of this class you will get a photo assignment. You will have a week to get out and get the shots and then upload them to a web site for all of the students to view.

The second session of this class (this is a two-session program) is primarily about photo editing. But to start the class we will first review and critique the images you took for your photo composition assignment. The idea here is to give you useful commentary on your composition efforts, to help you hone your skills. Then we’ll delve into editing. Photo editing skills are a must these days. Simple editing actions like cropping and leveling your shot will be covered. But most of our time will be spent on getting the light in your image right. The fact is that your eye can register WAY more variations of light than any camera. Learning how to get the “lights” and “darks” of your image right is a very important skill.

My idea is that any person who completed all three sessions would be given the basic starting point to get out there and capture some really great images. If you’ve already attended my DSLR class OR if you are already completely comfortable with taking pictures in the fully manual mode, then you should start with the Photo Comp and Editing Class.

If you have ANY questions about any of the classes, feel free to email me and ask! andyporterphotography@gmail.com

Here is the flyer for the classes: 2 page 2014 Fall Classes(1)

Here is a link to the flyer and sign up sheet.

Hope to hear from you, or meet you soon!

Best,

Andy Porter

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