On Last Minute Jaunts

By | 2012-08-13T10:00:27+00:00 Aug 13th, 2012|

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.

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43 Comments

  1. Sandra Parlow August 13, 2012 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Wow – so awesome, Brian!  love this shot!!

  2. Pat Kight August 13, 2012 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Very, very nice!

  3. Yasmin Simpson August 13, 2012 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Stunning job!

  4. Gerry Chaney August 13, 2012 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Nicely done !

  5. Tamara Pruessner August 13, 2012 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Fantastic, Brian!!!! 

  6. Chris Lazzery August 13, 2012 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Yeah!

  7. Jake Easley August 13, 2012 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Gorgeous view, great image!

  8. ??? August 13, 2012 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Wow It's amazing!

  9. Jess Newcomb August 13, 2012 at 9:42 am - Reply

    A couple meteors jetting through the spiral would've been cool but you can't have it all.

  10. Nicole S. Young August 13, 2012 at 9:45 am - Reply

    They should have sent … a poet …

  11. Natasa Avramovic August 13, 2012 at 9:45 am - Reply

    :) cudno, skroZ! Like it..

  12. Benito Cue August 13, 2012 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Stars in spinning vortex, great imaging

  13. Brian Matiash August 13, 2012 at 9:47 am - Reply

    +Nicole S. Young HA! That's why I love you.

  14. Arthur Ledoux August 13, 2012 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Bet that was one Great tasting beer ,after U put this together ! NICE!

  15. Jenny Goldman August 13, 2012 at 9:48 am - Reply

    WONDERFUL !!!

  16. Joe Kaiser August 13, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Fantastic!

  17. Richard Franco August 13, 2012 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Epic star trail shot.

  18. brian morena August 13, 2012 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Rad

  19. Jaden Herring August 13, 2012 at 10:04 am - Reply

    thats amazing omg

  20. Natasa Avramovic August 13, 2012 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Strangely…interesting.. :-)

  21. Guillaume Desachy August 13, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Pretty cool ;)

  22. Karen Hutton August 13, 2012 at 10:46 am - Reply

    AGH!!! What a beauty – and what an awesome experience +Brian Matiash! Can't wait to see the others! 

  23. Karthik Nagaraj August 13, 2012 at 10:50 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash – how do you get to focus in a dark frame? I tried and it was all out of focus.

  24. Brian Matiash August 13, 2012 at 10:52 am - Reply

    +Karthik Nagaraj For these types of scenes, I usually focus just short of infiniti and take a test shot. Then, I'll zoom in on the stars to see if they're in focus. If not, then I'll re-adjust and test again. If they are in focus, I'll usually put a small strip of tape on the focus ring to prevent it from moving.

    And thank you, everyone!!!

  25. Sandra Parlow August 13, 2012 at 10:52 am - Reply

    adds a roll of tape to my camera bag

  26. Karthik Nagaraj August 13, 2012 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Thanks +Brian Matiash – so in short taking such shots are a real pain but the outcome is awesome. I will have to be more patient in keep on trying next time. 

  27. Karthik Nagaraj August 13, 2012 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Also I presume there was near zero light pollution right? For me a little light pollution blew up my frame even at low ISOs exposed for a long time. :(

  28. Brian Matiash August 13, 2012 at 10:55 am - Reply

    +Sandra Parlow +Karthik Nagaraj stick with a solid roll of gaffers tape. It is amazing and doesn't leave a residue. Although, we all know Sandra's penchant for residue.

  29. Brian Matiash August 13, 2012 at 10:56 am - Reply

    +Karthik Nagaraj There was a very nominal amount of light pollution from Timberline Lodge (seen at the base of Mt Hood) but overall, there were no issues seeing all of the stars.

  30. Karthik Nagaraj August 13, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I will be in Maui soon and would love to visit the top of Haleakala mountain at 10000 ft and shoot the stars there. 

  31. Martin Heller August 13, 2012 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Superior work, +Brian Matiash, even for your usual high standard. And thanks for explaining the processing. I would have just fixed the noise in LightRoom — what you did makes it pop. 

  32. Steve Beal August 13, 2012 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Amazing image kid! Love it. I use a nice app on the iPhone or iPad called StarMapPro – it get’s u really zoomed in on exact location of Polaris. Too many lights in the northeast US for an image this sweet though! :) miss ya man!

  33. Paul R. Giunta August 13, 2012 at 11:17 am - Reply

    gorgeous!  i have never tried to do this.  not sure though if there are too many places in L.A. that I could get away with it.

  34. Jeff Arrington August 13, 2012 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Always enjoy your posts +Brian Matiash Thanks much. 

  35. Sandra Parlow August 13, 2012 at 11:29 am - Reply

    what the heck is Gaffer's Tape?  

    I loves me some residue ;)

  36. Brian Matiash August 13, 2012 at 11:31 am - Reply

    +Paul R. Giunta Whenever you need a man weekend and let your two ladies have a girls weekend, just come on up to PDX. I've always got a place to crash and we can head out and get some of these astral shots.

  37. Paul R. Giunta August 13, 2012 at 11:35 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash perfect!  will be coming up soon (hopefully) as one of my best friends lives there and they just had their baby 2 days ago.

  38. Juan Gonzalez August 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Very nice as usual +Brian Matiash. Nice tip with the tape.

  39. Kuakea Ali'i August 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Fantastic – been too long since I've been out to shoot one of these.  Keep em coming!

  40. jackie coleman August 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    LOL LOL LO L

  41. Kate Hailey August 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Fantastic indeed!

  42. harry mcguire August 14, 2012 at 3:51 am - Reply

    love it ! keep posting photos!

  43. Frank Clarke August 14, 2012 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Wow. Seriously. Wow.

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