Glow of Aurora Borealis

Stars, Tent and Kids

Here is another shot from the other night along the Baker River.

Camped under the Milky Way 3

Camped under the Milky Way 3

I had in my mind several images, planning and scheming as we hiked in, having the kids in the tent illuminated with the I-Pad, having them look out of the tent, in awe at the stars.

Here is the i-pad shot. Not too bad! A little overexposed on the face of the kid (Dawson) holding the device.

Then I tried an image with them looking out of the tent. I used the red light function on my head lamp to illuminate their faces and this is what I got:

IMG_8179At first I didn’t even try to edit it, it looked so red.

But later I decided to give it a try. I edited (in photoshop, as a raw file) the foreground, then went back and edited the raw a second time, but edited just the sky.

Then I merged the two and did final editing.

That’s Joe on the left, wrapped in the sleeping bag. And my son, Max is the incredulous one on the right!

Not too bad!

I guess I’ll have to take the kids camping more often!

Looking at the stars

Looking at the stars

Ross Lake

AndyPorterImages.com

After much work (pleading, begging, swearing, despairing, elation, suffering and dejection) I have finally gotten myself a web site which is pretty darned close to exactly what I want. carnival-2em

Here is is!

There are lots of pictures. Gotta like pictures!

There is a list of Galleries where you can purchase a wide variety of fine art prints as well as canvas wrapped prints and digital downloads.

There are links to find out about and register for Photo Tours.

The site accept credit cards and pay pal and the money comes to me directly, not a third-party vendor.

I am excited and hope it flourishes!

If you have a look feel free to send me any thoughts of what you like, don’t like and/or suggestions.

Happy Summer Solstice!

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The first 30 customers who purchase any print through the web site will get 30% off! The coupon code is: SUMMERSOLSTICE. The discount code is entered when  you check out.

Milky Way and Shooting Star

Milky Way and Shooting Star

 

 

 

Mount Shuksan and the Milky Way

Mount Shuksan

This view of Mount Shuksan in the North Cascades (Washington State, USA) is the most photographed mountain in North America. This is due to its beauty (and Picture Lake!) and the fact that you can drive on a paved road to this very spot!

Here is an image I captured in the fall.

Mount Shuksan

Mount Shuksan

And here is a less common view, an image from last night!

Mount Shuksan and the Milky Way

Mount Shuksan and the Milky Way

Milky Way and Shooting Star

Milky Way, Northern Lights and a Cool Tent

The New Moon is marked every month on my calendar. As it gets closer I start watching the weather service map, looking for where there will be clear skies. Last month was a complete dud, the 5-night window only saw overcast and rain.

But this weekend the sky was clear. I had three people sign up for my Night Sky Photo Tour on Saturday night.

Officially the New Moon is tonight, June 16th, but if you are close, one or two days plus or minus, you will get the lighting you want.

Camped under the Milky Way

Camped under the Milky Way

This first shot I have been dreaming of for some time. My son is 10 years old and he likes to go camping with his friends, swimming and being goof balls. Of course they always bring their electronic devices. I made sure to tell them to save some battery life for dark.

The strip of the Milky Way appeared directly over the tent. The exposure to capture the stars is 30 seconds long, but that’s way too long for the light from the I-pad. So I had them sit and turn it on for a second or two and then quickly off.

Then I spent some time circumnavigating the tent. I got a shooting star in this one.

Milky Way and Shooting Star

Milky Way and Shooting Star

and then as I faced north I captured this image. The pink glow is actually the Aurora Borealis! How cool is that!

Glow of Aurora Borealis

Glow of Aurora Borealis

I had three people sign up for my Night Sky Photo Tour on Saturday night.  We visited the Washington Pass Overlook to capture images of Liberty Bell. Between instruction advices I snapped a few images. This image is from a north-facing view. To the naked eye there was NO color.

Needless to say we were all excited to see the Northern Lights there on the horizon!

Northern lights at Washington Pass

Northern lights at Washington Pass

Hiking Trips for July and August

This is the tentative plan for backpacking trips in July and August. If you are interested in coming along for any, please let me know!

Amphitheater Mountain, Pasayten Wilderness

Amphitheater Mountain, Pasayten Wilderness

Cathedral Lake Trip – 6 days This trip is a 30 mile one way trip, to the eastern Pasayten Wilderness. The trailhead is at 6000+ feet, so its mostly a ridge hike, Lots of solitude and fantastic scenery. Here is a trip report from a July trip 5 years ago.  This trip is planned to start right around July 4th (maybe July 2 or 3, or maybe July 5th) and return July 8, 9 or 10. This is one of the coolest hikes in Washington! And although the mileage is somewhat long its not very difficult.

Amphitheater Mountain Cathedral Peak, Pasayten Wilderness 6em

Cathedral Peak, Pasayten Wilderness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Pass – Park Creek Pass – Cascade Pass – 6 days I have had this trip on my radar for a while, the plan is to get dropped off at Easy Pass, hike through one of the more remote parts of North Cascades National Park ending at Cascade Pass, then hitch back to Sedro-Woolley.

Horseshoe basin

Horseshoe basin

I have hiked almost every part of this trip many times, except Fisher Basin. This trip would include a few days of off trail travel and camping. Horseshoe Basin and Park Creek Pass are unbelievable places to visit. Trip planned for July 26- July 31

 

 

 

 

Spider Meadows – Upper Lyman Lake – 4 days I did this trip last year, its awesome! My plan this year is to hike into Spider Meadows, hike up and through Spider Gap, spend a day in the Upper Lyman Basin and then hike back. Check out the story and pics. Trip planned for Aug. 2 to Aug. 5

Upper Lyman Lake, Glacier Peak Wilderness

Upper Lyman Lake, Glacier Peak Wilderness

Spider Meadows, Glacier Peak Wilderness

Spider Meadows, Glacier Peak Wilderness

If you have an interest in coming along on any of these trips, or have any questions, email me at: andyporterphotography@gmail.com

I have several extra backpacks, tents and all that stuff if anyone is lacking.

 

 

 

 

 

Point Wilson Lighthouse

Fort Worden State Park and Point Wilson Light House

I accompanied my son’s 5th grade class on an overnight field trip to Fort Worden State Park, in Port Townsend, Washington last week. The kids all had fun, feeding an octopus and dissecting a fish…

And I had fun taking pictures. Lighthouses are, of course, huge magnets for photographers.

The old fort has a maze of concrete tunnels for artillery.

And the flowers were blooming!

So, it was a great time for all.

Crystal Resort 2015 3

Editing Night Sky Images

I have been working with Photoshop for some time. My learning curve has been rather slow and often painful! Slowly I learn new techniques for manipulating light and shadows.
Images of the night sky demand more work than daytime shots. The camera I have, a Canon 6D, and the 14mm lens I use allow me to set the exposure for 30 seconds.
In the unedited images you can see the strip of the Milky Way and in the edited images it pops out and grabs you!
Here is an image I shot a few years ago with a Canon T2i, a 15mm lens at 30 sec. and 800iso. Its a bit dark!
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Now the newly edited version.
Tent Under Stars
This next shot is from Zion National Park. I used the Canon 6D with a 14mm lens at 15 sec.
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Here is the edited image.
Orion over Zion
Liberty Bell and the North Cascades Highway, Canon 6D, 14mm lens at 25 sec. Before
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And after.
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The last shot is of Mount Rainier from Crystal Mountain. Again using the 6D and the 14mm lens at 30 sec.

If you would like to attend a Night Sky Photo Tour and learn how to capture such images, here is the link with dates and prices!
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And the final version.
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For those of you who are already Photoshop savvy, the most useful tutorials and techniques for editing starry night shots I have found are at Dave Morrow Photography.

If you would like personalized Photoshop Lessons with me online, here is the link!

Happy Shooting and Editing!