Moonlit Cascades, Pembroke Virginia

January 10, 2015  •  1 Comment

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My buddy Dave Kingma(link goes to his Cascade blog post) and I set out on a little adventure this morning.  We arrived at the parking lot for the Cascades just after 4 a.m.  We planned for this time because the moon would still be high in the sky, and not too close to full to wash out the stars.  We felt lucky when we got there because the moon was in the PERFECT spot!  It was shining brightly at our backs the whole morning.

Click any photo to be taken to the Cascades Gallery.  Thank you for looking.

I started out with the DA* 60-250 shooting some tight compositions.  I had Dave shine his light to help me focus.

Moonlit Virginia Cascades

Moonlit Virginia Cascades Before mounting the wide angle lens, I shot a bulb exposure of the top of the cascades and included some lurching stars.(I would not have been able to 'freeze' the stars with the camera/lens combo)

Moonlit Virginia Cascades Now mounting the wide angle DA 12-24, I started with a long bulb exposure to get some travel in the stars.  I then took a second exposure and lightpainted the foreground.

Moonlit Virginia Cascades I used the same process again, only this time freezing the stars as pin points.

frozen cascade falls pembrokefrozen cascade falls pembrokeImage taken at night up at the Virginia Cascades near Pembroke Virginia. Near 0° temps made for a very cold outing! After freezing up there for a little while, I shot another of the platform.  Here you can see the sky really starting to get bright.

frozen cascade falls pembrokefrozen cascade falls pembrokeImage taken at night up at the Virginia Cascades near Pembroke Virginia. Near 0° temps made for a very cold outing! One last photo before packing it out.. my oh my was a hot Hardee's breakfast welcome after this!

Moonlit Virginia Cascades

Thanks for looking!  Click any photo to be taken to the gallery, from there you can see photos from my many other visits to the Virginia Cascades.


Comments

1.Dave Kingma(non-registered)
Michael, these turned out great! I especially like what you did with the railings in the foreground and the super long exposures to get the star trails. Let's shoot again after I recover from this morning!
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