Above Treeline

Olympic National Park

My first time visiting Olympic National Park down in Washington State. Weather forecast wasn’t looking too good when leaving Vancouver. But at the end it was better than the weather forecast predicted. Here are a few shots from the trip.

Ruby Dusk Glow

Ruby Dusk Glow

Above Treeline

Above Treeline

Heavy But Light

Heavy But Light

What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around

Venus Glow

Venus Glow

5 shots from 2 different location, Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. Sure I will have to go back! :)

Frozen Wonderland

Please Help!!

Trying to cut it down to 5 from the 10 selected below. It’s for a contest with a deadline coming up very soon. Please help for picking the final 5!!
Thanks so much in advanced!! Much appreciate for your help!!

Please use numbers or the title under each image for your choice! Anywhere you like on FB, G+, FB Page , Tumblr, etc… :D

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Zion Valley Startrails

Zion Valley Startrails

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Galactic Dream

Galactic Dream

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Mono Arc

Mono Arc

4.

Frozen Wonderland

Frozen Wonderland

5.

The Boat House

The Boat House

6.

Glow In The Water

Glow In The Water

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Bonfire

Bonfire

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Porteau Arc

Porteau Arc

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Venus Glow

Venus Glow

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Galaxy Above

Galaxy Above

Night of the Eclipse

Long Overdue…

Sorry for the lack of posting. Have been busy with shooting and family. Went to Olympic National Park for the first time back in March. And of course for the last Blood Moon I was trying to catch.

So I think  will do the Blood Moon from my trip to Osoyoos, BC first. Let’s begin from…… Last April, I was very lucky to be able to experienced the Blood Moon in Grand Canyon for the first time. And I love to have that experience again. But last moon eclipse, I missed it because of the foggy weather in Vancouver. So last week, I’ve been searching for location that can for sure able to see it with good weather. But with the weather forecast prediction, everywhere was cloudy and rainy near Vancouver. And the only place my friend and I found that might have chance have clear skies was Osoyoos on Highway 3 near US border. But the day before, weather forecast changed and said it might have snow on the night of April 3rd. I was so upset because the next location on my lists is Palouse in eastern Washington State. Which I wasn’t entirely sure if I will go due to the driving distance.

In the afternoon of April 3rd, heavily raining in Vancouver. And I was very upset I might have missed this blood moon again. But after I checked with weather forecast, it changed again. And it might have chance to see it even in Vancouver. But I want to have higher chance to see it all night. And my friend messaged me and said Osoyoos is looking good and he is heading there in an hour or so. After making up my mind under the heavy rain condition in Vancouver. I started driving short after my friend left. And on the way, I think I must be mad to drive under this extreme heavy rainy weather and hope to see the moon… It was about 4+ hours drive, and of course that’s the reason it might have more chance to see the moon eclipse.
After the long drives to Osoyoos, it was cloudy around sunset. Enough time to find the location my friend found on the map and explore where to stay overnight!
Skies clear up after midnight and we were so happy about it. I end up shooting all night until the morning. And drove back home without taking a nap… But when I got home, I just crashed until the next day. And finally can sit down going thru some of them. Here is one of the shot taken in the morning around 7:30. Few minutes before it set under Chopaka Mountain located in Okanogan County, Washington, United States. It is a summit in the leeward flank of the North Cascades. And this is just the northern peak of Chopaka Mountain.
This is NOT a composite shot from different time. But blended with 2 exposures from the 3 shots bracket I took.

Bloody Morning

Bloody Morning

Another one is a composite image from images taken from different time of the night – the different phases of the Moon Eclipse. Whenever mentioning ‘Moon Eclipse’, the first thing that come to mind is always the moon eaten by a dark shadow. And of course everyone have seen photos of the moon eclipse. But what fascinate me the most when experience the night with moon eclipse. It’s not the shaded moon, but the surrounding that lighten up by the full moon. And then dimmed down over a short period of time. It’s kind of like a kid first found out there’s a dimmer light switch.

April 4th, 2015, after a long drives from Vancouver to Osoyoos, BC. My friend and I was settled with this location he found on Google Maps precisely. Basically stayed there for the whole night. This is one of the image from the time lapse sequence I shot that night. And the moon sequence were shot on a different camera with a telephoto lens. I took about 120 images of just the moon that night and 24 of them were used in here. And for the background, I picked a few shots from the time lapse sequence with the main background taken around 5AM, peak of the eclipse. Which is how so many stars was exposed in this image. The moon in this original shot is hiding behind the 6th moon from the right hand side! The other few shots used are the light trails you see on both side of the taller tree on the bottom left. And another shot to fill some dark details on the trees! yeah… I know… they are still very dark. :)

Have a great night!!

Night of the Eclipse

Night of the Eclipse

Art Prints is available here or just click on the image to access it!

Porteau Aurora

Porteau Cove is a location that I visit frequently due to the dark skies condition it got and the amount of travel time from the city of Vancouver. Usually only takes about 30 minutes drive!

This night is extra special because of the aurora glow. The pink, red, green, to yellow glow lasted for over 2 hours when I was there. Tide from high to low. Too bad the aurora glow is only coming from one direction towards Squamish, BC. Otherwise would have way more opportunities mixing foreground and background for compositions! No… I’m not complaining, just saying that would be awesome!!

I will go through the images with the time they were taken. First one taken as I first noticed the glow in the skies! Trying to frame the rocks in the foreground with 6 images focus stack plus another exposure for the rest of the scene

Night Glow

Night Glow

Then I set up for a panorama shot with the entire milky way arc above combined using 7 vertical images

Porteau Arc

Porteau Arc

As the night went by, the color of the glow changed to more intense, vivid, saturated red and yellow. Did another shot near the rock formation with a vertical frame. And I think after searching for the composition with the rock formation for some times. I finally settled with this one with the rocks stacked like a bonfire with the red aurora right above

Bonfire

Bonfire

After shooting near these rocks for about an hour, tide starting to go lower and lower. So I put on my waterproof boot and walked down along the shore searching for some new elements to add to the red hot glowing aurora. And here are a few more of them, they might looks quite similar in some way. But I do like all of them. And why not showing more variations and share with you!!! :D

Reflective Glow

Reflective Glow

Stream To The Lights

Stream To The Lights

Glow In The Water

Glow In The Water

Please feel free to leave me a comments, messages, or simply let me know which one you like better. And maybe some details about why you like or dislike them? Thank you for your view!!

Vanilla Ice

E. C. Manning Provincial Park

Went to Manning Park for a night few weeks ago and hike for 10.6 km after sunset for some night shots. And some early morning pre-sunrise shots. Hope you enjoy!

Landing Platform

Landing Platform

Moonset Shadow

Moonset Shadow

Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice

Midnight Mirror

Panorama Night

A night walked along this tide pool at Porteau Cove Provincial Park near Squamish, BC. The view was hard to frame with a single frame composition. So I started to take some vertical shots for some panorama stitching in post. And got a few pano from this same night. Which one do you like better?

 Night Pool V1

Night Pool V1

 Night Pool V2

Night Pool V2

 Night Pool V3

Night Pool V3

 

Supreme Clarity

Viewbug interview

Had an interview Q&A by Viewbug.com about Night Photography. Sharing some tips and showcase some of my work. Checkout the article here

Moraine Galaxy

Moraine Galaxy