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Twilight Over Doubtful Lake - North Cascades National Park, Washington
Taken on a 3 day backpacking trip into the rugged North Cascades of Washington State in September of 2014.
I had dreamed of shooting this location during fall color for the past few years and finally made it up during the perfect timing last year.
This specific area can be heavily trafficked with hikers, but as always, I wait to leave from the trailhead until late afternoon when I'm going the exact opposite way as all the day hikers coming in .
Most of my hiking miles are done within a few hours before / after sunset when no one is on even the busiest of trails. Some of the best hikes of my life have been done at night under the full or nearly full moon.
As a night sky photographer I hate to be bound by a camp after the sun sets so I'll usually stay on the trail with my pack until 3-4 hours after sunset capturing some unique images along the way. This is one reason that most of my backpacking is done solo.
On a 3-4 night trip, instead of having only 4 specific night shooting locations on my camera, staying on the move at night allows me to have many more.
It's something that takes getting used to at first, but after a few hikes under the stars, no problem!
After reaching the location pictured above I did some exploring in the area and found a place to shoot sunset ( which was great ).
Once the sun went down I captured this shot, the Moonset, and the Milky Way in the South West.
I was hoping to make it back to Sahale this year but never got around to it. Maybe a snowshoe adventure is in line.
Hope you enjoy,
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