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Mars and the Milky Way over Mount Hood, Lost Lake
Posted By: Cannikin, 09-04-2018, 04:31 PM

Taken on July 12, 2018. This was my third year in a row attemping to get the perfect Milky Way shot over Lost Lake and Mount Hood. The first year was ruined by the quarter moon, the second year my lens was decentered and had to be repaired. I was planning one trip this June, but was shut down by the weather. Though this ended up later than optimal for Milky Way positioning directly over the mountain, this turned out to be a much better photo opportunity due to the Mars opposition, and the relatively calm winds for still water reflections.

Mars (the bright light directly over Mount Hood) was so unbelievably vibrant that all the photographers and I assumed it had to be artificial. It was not until I consulted my star chart app that I confirmed it was indeed the Red Planet.

Exposure time: 10s. Boosted exposure in post, edited in Lightroom. Slight crop to correct tilting.


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Marvellous capture! That’s one heck of a dark sky to play with.. I appreciate your level of dedication, well done. Great lens performance as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cannikin Quote
Taken on July 12, 2018. This was my third year in a row attemping to get the perfect Milky Way shot over Lost Lake and Mount Hood. The first year was ruined by the quarter moon, the second year my lens was decentered and had to be repaired. I was planning one trip this June, but was shut down by the weather. Though this ended up later than optimal for Milky Way positioning directly over the mountain, this turned out to be a much better photo opportunity due to the Mars opposition, and the relatively calm winds for still water reflections.

Mars (the bright light directly over Mount Hood) was so unbelievably vibrant that all the photographers and I assumed it had to be artificial. It was not until I consulted my star chart app that I confirmed it was indeed the Red Planet.

Exposure time: 10s. Boosted exposure in post, edited in Lightroom. Slight crop to correct tilting.
Stunning!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cannikin Quote
Taken on July 12, 2018. This was my third year in a row attemping to get the perfect Milky Way shot over Lost Lake and Mount Hood. The first year was ruined by the quarter moon, the second year my lens was decentered and had to be repaired. I was planning one trip this June, but was shut down by the weather. Though this ended up later than optimal for Milky Way positioning directly over the mountain, this turned out to be a much better photo opportunity due to the Mars opposition, and the relatively calm winds for still water reflections.

Mars (the bright light directly over Mount Hood) was so unbelievably vibrant that all the photographers and I assumed it had to be artificial. It was not until I consulted my star chart app that I confirmed it was indeed the Red Planet.

Exposure time: 10s. Boosted exposure in post, edited in Lightroom. Slight crop to correct tilting.
Great catch! especially with Mars in it. Beautiful with that glass lake. I

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