Conditions were perfect for a milky way shot yesterday, with no cloud and cold clear skies over kananaskis I had to head out with the camera. I left home about 2pm and made my way to highway 40 where I stopped off at Barrier Lake to make a few images of the spindrift blowing over Mt Baldy, it was incredibly cold on exposed skin but I was well prepared for the temperatures today. I stopped again along highway 40 at Mt Kidd where the spindrift was irresistible and covered the towering monolith in fast moving clouds of snow lifted from the rock face. As I approached kananaskis lakes I could see snow blowing over Mt Sarrail ridge too so I headed up there first to make a couple of shots before finally making my way to the lower lake for sunset.
I really like the sunset shots even though there's no cloud to reflect the light they still worked out well, I struggled to choose between them so posted almost all of them. I walked a stretch of the bank making images here and there, then enjoyed a cuppa watching the very last of the light die away before heading up to the upper lake.
At the upper lake I decided to do some steel wool burning during the blue hour to kill time waiting for it to be dark enough for the milky way. I really like some of those shots too as the yellow light works so well with the blue ambient light.
Finally the night closed in and the 'dark sky site' lit up with a billion stars as the milky way materialised out of the darkness. I was able to complete my evening in kananaskis with some nice starlight images and make my way home along empty highways. I was home by 8.30 pm and checking my images like an excited kid, I'm pretty happy with the overall bunch.
The sky was quite clear last night and from the balcony I could make out that wonderful white cloud that signals the milky way is lurking above, so I roamed the garden for a couple of hours shooting a few sequences that I could stack and bring out the full image.
While catching the Milky Way shots I set up another camera over in the corner of the yard shooting a star trail sequence. I tried a new angle with some trees in the foreground but don't really like the finished product as it's not particularly interesting.
I'm really pleased with the results of the Milky Way shots given the amount of ambient light in the area, I might have to start venturing out to make some nightscapes in the mountains.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon yesterday in spite of weather predictions, so I gambled on a sunset out in the mountains, packed the camera gear and headed out. The sunset failed to produce anything really spectacular but I did get some great shots overall. It started with some ice refracting light over river rocks and ended with an incredible milky way image. I did get a few sunset shots (as you can see in the main image) and had some more practice with the homemade lightsticks. I made the short run from my sunset spot to Upper Kananaskis Lake where I was messing with the lightsticks when I noticed the milky way rising. I really wasn't dressed for a winter night in the mountains but couldn't let that get away so I stood freezing on the top of the dam between the upper and lower lakes and captured a bunch of nice shots, one of which even had a really nice shooting star (or maybe it was an iridium flare). It was a fantastic afternoon and evening but I was frozen solid by the time I got home and had to stand in a hot shower for ages to thaw out. Images in the gallery have captions with locations and further info.
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