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Canadian Rockies V

It have been many attempt trying to capture some good morning lights at Moraine Lake. Many times waited for the sunrise after shooting at the lake at night. And that finally paid off all those morning that didn’t goes as plan.

The Golden Morning

Another part of the Canadian Rockies that I’ve been willing to visit is the Waterton Lakes National Park by the US Border. And I finally make my trip there. But before getting to Waterton Lakes National Park, there is another gem along Highway 3. The Lundbreck Falls is a great place for a stop or even camp for the night!

 

And I’ve taken many photos just along the way like this one

Borderline

And this is a great lookout point where I took this panorama shot in the afternoon

IMG_7009 Pano_1600

After entering Waterton Lakes National Park, I drove around try to find location for a astro time lapse shot. And this is one of the frame from the time lapse sequence

Waterton Galaxy

Remember my little red car I love taking night photo with from one of my Canadian Rockies post? That photo was the last photo of her and her life was ended here by the lake. To make the story short, I hit a short cement pole damage the watercooler. After freaking out for few hours, I finally calm down and decided what I can do at the time on this long sleepless night…. SHOOT!!!

Here are some of the photos from that night and the next morning before I can call for a tow truck to drive 2 hours from Lethbridge…

Lights Before Dawn

Unforgettable Dawn

Reflective Vibration

And a short time lapse on this same location since I can’t really drive my car any more… There are still many photos I took from Waterton that just sitting in the hard drive. I guess it is time to dig those out again!!

The story didn’t end there, want to know where to? Please check out the next chapter!! 🙂

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Night Grid

Night Grid

Power line along the Sea To Sky highway on a cloudy night right before moonset behind the mountain

Garry Point Park by Night

Few night shots taken from Garry Point Park

Eye of the Root

This one below is a panorama from the light tower. The lights on the far right is from the airport and City of Vancouver

Moonlit Horizon

And from the left entrance into the park with the Steveston Fishermen’s Memorial

Moonlight Starlights

Night Cage

And some in portrait oriented below

Green Guide

Moon Knife

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Editor’s Choice at Photoextract.com today!

One of my image from April 4t, 2015 – the blood moon night ‘Night of the Eclipse’ is feature at Photoextract.com today!!

Night of the Eclipse

Night of the Eclipse

from the same night, here’s another one taken in the morning. The very last moment of the blood moon right before it set below Chopaka Mountain.

Last Moment

Last Moment

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

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Let It Snow

Welcome to the new season to come and like to add a few shots from the Canadian Rockies and feel the cold in the air!!

First image below taken on Whistlers Mountain in Jasper National Park.

On And Above

On And Above

This majestic view is one of my favourite view of Lake O’Hara (lake on the right). The lake on the lake is Mary Lake. Lake O’Hara is surrounded by few mountains. How many you can see will depends on where you are located. The view here includes Odaray Mountain on the left, Cathedral Mountain in the middle, and the Wiwaxy Peaks

Stormy O'Hara

Stormy O’Hara

If the 2 shots above doesn’t really meet the standard of ‘cold’ to you. Maybe try the 2 below! 🙂
Below is frozen Lake Louise on an early morning

Three Man Standing

Three Man Standing

And of course saved my favourite for the last one with my kind of shots!! I mean Nightscapes!!!

Frozen Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Moonlight, Starlight

Taken at the Window loop trails in Arches National Park, Utah. The crescent moon rise above the horizon through the arch lighten up the path on this dark night. Or morning I should say as it was about 4:30am with the sky turning into blue before the morning came.

Moonlight, Starlight

Moonlight, Starlight

Mono Lake

Taken back in April 2014 on a early morning after a snow storm. Light snow covering the surface of the Tufa at Mono Lake, California. Arriving Lee Vining the evening before, clouds was covering the sky and I was hoping to have some great light next morning when the sun rise. Woke up in the middle of the night and noticed the night sky was clear. I was so excited and don’t want to go back to sleep since it was my 3rd visit to Mono Lake hoping to shoot some starry night sky at the South Tufa. And finally have a chance to do so!
I quickly grab my camera and started shooting in the early morning, like 3:00AM… This is one of panorama I took with multiple shots. The final stitching was actually much wider than what you see here. But I decided to crop some of the portion out just to keep the framing look right. Or simply better….

Hope you like it and have a great weekend!!

Mono Arc

Mono Arc

And I’m adding a few old posted photos taken from the same early morning!

Alien Galaxy

Alien Galaxy

Blue Hour Galaxy

Blue Hour Galaxy

Standing In The Snow

Standing In The Snow