Tuesday, February 19, 2019

another canadian adventure - jasper national park: day 5 (astrophotography)

Each night, both of us would wakeup and look out the windows around the bungalow.  We were hoping to see the northern lights.  Northern lights can be tracked via different websites.  You can also signup for alerts to be sent to your phone, but with no cell service that wasn't an option for us.  Apparently, the lights will come and go at a moments notice.  Our entire stay (via northern light tracking websites) the northern light activity were sadly quite low.

However, that didn't stop us from getting up at 4am to photograph the milky way.  We packed up all of the 'stuff' and headed out to the dock at Patricia Lake.  It wasn't QUITE as dark as when we did astrophotography in Sequoia National Park, but still incredibly beautiful.

As we sat and gazed at the stars in the wee hours of the morning we could hear the owls and the elk call.  After a bit of hearing all the commotion of wildlife I was starting to freak out a little in the pitch black (when the head lamps would go off to make a picture).  The kind of black sky when you can't see your hand 5 inches in front of your face.  It's quite eerie when it's so dark out!  I was ready to go back inside to safety.  Joe DEFINITELY kept the bear spray out as we walked back to our place.

Pslams 8:3 - When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place.

GOD is one AH-MAZING creator!!


One of my favorite photos was near sunrise.  You could see the sun reflect on the low clouds.  With our naked eye, we didn't notice it as much as when we made the photo.  The slow shutter speed let everything in that we couldn't see.

24mm - f/1.8  (set to infinity), 25 seconds ss, ISO1250

The Milky Way

A little fun with a headlamp

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