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Last week-end a girlfriend (T) and I went to Brookings, OR to scout, and photograph seascapes, and hopefully we’d have a clear night for night sky imaging in the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. We looked at the weather forecast for the week-end and it looked like we’d only have one really good night for any night sky imaging. We both hoped to photograph the Milky Way, and if we found a great spot for Star Trails we’d do that too, but it wasn’t a priority like the Milky Way was.
When we were at Arch Rock for sunset we realized straight-away that wouldn’t work out so well for a Milky Way location since it was facing west, but around the path a bit closer to the parking lot was a nice sea stack that faced directly south. We both pulled out out cell phones and summoned our night sky app called Photo Pills to double check our thoughts, and find the time when the Galactic Center would line up over the sea stack. After determining that 1:32AM it would line up we headed out to dinner, then back to the Hotel for a nap.
I’d been up since 5AM driving from my house in Silicon Valley up to T’s two hours north east of me. From there I drove all the way to Brookings, OR. It’s an 8 hour drive without stops. We stopped for gas, and lunch of course. Needless to say- I needed a nap!
My alarm sounded at 12:30AM. We were ready pretty quick and headed back to Arch Rock Viewpoint to photograph the Milky Way.
We were the only people there. We set up took our test shots, and began shooting. Before the trip I purchased a new filter to help me get a tack sharp focus at night. It’s called SharpStar2 from LonelySpeck I didn’t get it to work as it should have, but determining when I was in focus was easy. A lot easier than just using Live View alone. That cut my set up time in half! I’m going to be practicing here at home with the filter before my next night sky shoot. After reading the instructions again it was definitely user error. I should have practiced with it at night before the trip, but I’m happy.
It was really quiet just us, the sea, and the sound of our camera’s shutter opening and closing. There was very little light pollution. The cliffs blocked most of the light from Brookings. You can see a light band at the horizon entering from the left of the frame. That’s the light from Brookings. This was a great location with a dark sky.
Saturday night the fog rolled in. I’m so glad we went out Friday night! T’s brother and S-i-L drove up to meet us and photograph the area Saturday. After Sunset we headed back to town for dinner but, we got sidetracked with an Industrial night shot opportunity which I posted Wednesday
So, the fog didn’t completely ruin the night. We had a late dinner with a glass of wine. I fell into my hotel bed after midnight, and slept in Sunday.
We had breakfast and said our farewells to T’s brother, and S-i-L and T and I set off for the long drive home. Thankfully the drive was uneventful. 🙂
I hope to get back up there one day to explore more of the park. It’s a gorgeous coastline, and sky is dark and full of stars!
I hope you all have a lovely week-end! Can you believe June is just about over already?!!
Nikon D810| Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G| Hoodman Digital Film| Single Frame 20s| ISO 3200| PS CC 2017
more to come…