Lake Irene's Milky Way Mirror
Far on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, Lake Irene turned out to be the highlight of my Night Photography Workshop (on 8/3/2013). With super dark skies, our view of the Milky Way Skies above was nothing less than spectacular and all the students could feel the excitement!
This image comes from a single exposure (that's right, just one exposure) that combines ideal settings for the milky way skies together with subtle light painting - again, all in the same exposure. These and other techniques are included in all of my night photography workshops including this event at Rocky Mountain National Park and my multi-night event at Arches National Park.
This spot is so dark (and so good for night photography) because the mountains near the lake block all of the light pollution from the eastern side of the Continental Divide and most of the light from towns on the west side. With little more than a few glowing clouds in the distance, we set up for our captures and light painted the trees from various perspectives until everyone got captures they were happy with.
For many people, the standout feature of this image is the reflected stars - and what turned out to be reflected Milky Way details. It sure is a beautiful combination. I look forward to taking students in my next Night Photography Workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park to this same location.
August 17th, 2013
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