Monday, June 17, 2013

Blue Trees

I am very fortunate to have access to a beautiful cabin at Bear Lake, Utah owned by my in-laws. June is a spectacular time to visit, the wildflowers are blooming, the weather is mild, and the stars are big and bright.

I set out to make several different pictures this past weekend. The first plan was to get out for some night photography since the moon would be out of the sky by midnight and I am fully addicted to shooting the stars. Unfortunately cloud cover prevented any star photography that night and would continue to do so for a few more nights to come. Next!

The second option was to capture a sunrise with some wildflowers in the foreground and Bear Lake in the background. The more I searched the more it seemed like every vantage point that overlooked the lake had every flower past their peak. OK a little frustrating but I am still loving every minute of being in this spectacular scenery.

Alright the clouds broke up enough that I could see the potential for a cool sunset from the other side of the lake. After scouting a few locations I settled on a nice little rocky beach. Now to just wait for the sun to set and I would be good. The only problem was the weather just wasn't on my side, the wind started to pick and proceeded to blow in clouds that would soon block out any display of light. So I jumped in the truck drove as far north as I could, ran to the beach, and turned in circles trying to find a composition in the few minutes I had left. I managed to get some shots but just barely.

On the last night I finally had clear skies and a clear plan too. I arrived at a big clearing in Logan Canyon just to the east of Bear Lake, that I knew would be dark. As I stepped out of the truck I was a little concerned about the lack of brilliance in the sky. I thought it must just be that I haven't had time to adjust to the light. Down the through the field I still don't see the stars I am hoping for and the light pollution from Logan 40 miles away is getting worse. Tail between my legs I tromp back to the truck (making sure to still check behind me for spooky stuff though). I pulled up to the cabin at 1:30 and to my shock the Milky Way was as bright as I have seen it all year. I tried a few different lights for the trees, but the the blue from my headlamp gave the image an otherworldly feel that I loved.

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