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Lights on Mount Hood

Lights on Mount Hood

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15–85mm f/3.5–5.6
Exposure: 784 seconds
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO Speed: 400

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13-minute exposure of Mount Hood from Trillium Lake, taken at around 3am. Originally, the exposure was meant to be much longer, but a huge bank of fog rolled in from the left and completely obscured the view.

What I find most interesting is the number of lights on the mountain itself. The huge cluster of bright lights at the treeline are Timberline Lodge, and it looks like the headlights of a snowcat just above that, descending down from the upper ski area. However, the rest of the little white light trails can only be riders coming down (at three in the morning!), or climbers heading up to the summit to be there for sunrise.

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Fremont Bridge at Night

Fremont Bridge at Night

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure: 60 seconds
Aperture: f/16
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO Speed: 100

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Portland has no shortage of fantastic bridges to take photos of, from the industrial (and unique) Steel Bridge, to this one: the graceful arch of the Fremont Bridge soaring high above the Willamette River.

For this photo, I used the “bulb” exposure setting on my camera and simply tried to get the longest exposure I could in order to smooth out the water as much as possible. Trial and error played a big part — hooray for digital photography — until I came up with the settings used here: a full minute of exposure at f/16. The different temperatures of the various light sources (including a pretty bright reflected street light glow off the clouds) certainly makes for an interesting image!

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Palouse Falls Moon

Palouse Falls Moon

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure: 15 seconds
Aperture: f/16
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO Speed: 100

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This stunning waterfall lies within the beautiful Palouse region of southeastern Washington, some five hours by car from where I live in Portland, Oregon. Fortunately, the State Park that surrounds the falls has a small campground, which allowed me to stay overnight and really explore the area photographically. I could shoot well into the evening (long after most visitors had left), as well as very early the next morning. Remember, light is almost always far more interesting early or late – it’s softer and more filtered, and the low shadows make for more interesting shapes within the composition as well.

This shot was taken at around 8:30pm, and the sky was almost completely dark at that stage. A steady tripod (it was a little breezy that evening!) and a 15 second exposure teased just enough light out of the scene to make this lovely image, with an almost full moon rising behind the waterfall as it plunges 180 feet to the pool below.