Milky Way & Mt Shasta

6-24-17

In may of 2017, I went with some fellow photographers to a highway vista point north of Mt Shasta.  Our goal was Milky Way photos with the mountain.  Unfortunately, even though it was about 1:00am, there was a lot of traffic along the highway and the car lights kept interfering in the photos.

So I returned to the general area, but chose a spot away from the highway to avoid a repeat of the issue.  Instead I chose a location which is along the railroad tracks.  My intent was to have the leading lines of the tracks lead you right to the mountain with the Milky Way over top.

I was trying to get all of this into one photo, without much success.  I tried high ISO but was too grainy.  I tried light painting the tracks, also not successfully.  Couldn’t do too long of exposure as I would lose the star points.  So I switched to just trying to get good composition of the mountain and the stars.  My brother had come along for the adventure and was helping where he could.  I had placed the tripod in the center of the tracks trying for those leading lines.

As I was working on the photos, I had heard a train horn in the distance.  Considering it is late at night, I know sound really travels, so had plenty of time.  However, my brother casually mentioned to me there was a train coming.  I very politely said, I knew and would try for just one or two more before moving.  He nicely responded, okay, but had a funny tone to his voice.  I then looked around and noticed the train was coming around a curve about a half mile away.  Oops – I guess I better move!ShastaB20170624c

One Comment Add yours

  1. John Hasemeyer says:

    yea opps ha ha. One of my all time favorite photos. We often view the mountain as this grand, large sight until it is shown with something like the Milky Way.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s