Last year, I honed a new direction for my photography. I have always loved to get out into nature and photograph epic landscapes, waterfalls, cities, beaches, lightning, wildlife and others. However, in 2016, I rekindled love for night photography.
In June 2012, I pointed my camera up to the night stars for the first time with the intentions of photographing the Milky Way. That night, I fell in love with the idea of staying up all hours of the night to capture the largest thing in our Solar System that most people don’t see. Although the images sucked, most were out of focus, as I had no clue what I was doing. I still had fun.
A month later, I traveled up to Crater Lake in hopes to...
In late July 2017 a fire began to grow inside Crater Lake National Park. The fire originated near the junction of the Lightning Springs Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Many speculate that it was a careless PCT hiker that caused the fire but the official cause has never been released.
For weeks the west side of Rim Drive was closed to prevent people from accessing the area near the fire. A times the fire entered the caldera rim.
It was a chilly late summer evening when Crater Lake was completely clouded in and any Celestial photography from the rim was not going to happen. An aurora was even predicted to appear, but mother nature had other plans up on the caldera.
Disappointed but not deterred, I began my decent down the mountain. In to Munson Valley where the park headquarters are located. A half mile off the rim the skies cleared. I stopped in an automotive pullout and took a test shot. The Milky Way was glowing like I had never seen before. I knew this location would be special. I set my gear and waited as the camera captured over 150 images of the night sky.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What are you going to do for your spouse this year? Chocolates are so cliché and flowers die in a week. How about a gift they can appreciate all year long? How about giving the gift of art – or – the gift of education?
It was a warm afternoon in August when I received a warning about a potential aurora in Southern Oregon, that night. With this information, I searched my map of vistas to see what location would work best to photograph the Northern Lights.
According to that map, the Sinnott Memorial Overlook inside the caldera of Crater Lake National Park would be a great choice.
Arriving at the location before sunset, I set up my gear. On this night I used two cameras, one that I was manually controlling with each shot. The other was setup capturing a night sky timelapse.