My original plan for Saturday evening was much more tame than the actual one that transpired. I got a last minute invite from my friend and amazing photographer, +Ben Canales, to go shoot the Perseid Meteor Shower from a lookout point that he found a while back. He thought that it would offer a great view of the night sky and overlooking Mt. Hood.

So, with tent, beer, and gear packed, we all headed out to the Timothy Lake area of Oregon. After corralling all of tents and supplies, the eight or so photographers who joined all began setting up and getting their shots. We collaborated and compared optimal settings – it was a great time to say the least.

After getting shots of the Milky Way and various meteors zipping through, I decided to sit back by my camera and tripod (weighed down with my amazing +fstop Loka bag), and let it expose the sky for about 20 minutes. I had a delicious beer that I wanted to enjoy, after all. :)

Based on the position of the Big Dipper, it was easy to find Polaris, which allowed me to arrange my camera in such a way that I could predict the rotation of the stars. I love how you can see the blurry blue mesh of the Milky Way galaxy jutting down through the upper center part of the frame.

In any case, I walked away with a bunch of shots that I’m really excited to get crackin’ on and share out here with you.

Thanks again, Ben, for putting this last minute gig together! You rock.

Google Maps Location Info
45°9’33” N 121°53’27” W

In terms of processing
This image required some finesse because of the excess noise that was visible (shooting at ISO 400 on my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 15mm Fisheye Lens). I applied Magic Sunset and a combination of Deep Forest Glow and Hollywood Glow to help give the image a somewhat softer feel. All were done in Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.

In album Landscape and Nature (1 photo)

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