Middle Fork Lake and Buckhorn Mountain Lake (Stars! Day One), Payette National Forest, Idaho

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After a long hard hike, I was in bed early then woke up before moonrise to shoot some stars.. See John’s trip report here. This is the view looking towards the Gunsight Notch.

After maneuvering in the area around camp, I was able to shoot the Milky Way through the trees. Middle Fork Lake and our camp sits in a bit of a hole which makes good galaxy photography a bit of a challenge.

A shot of the lake looking downstream. If you look carefully, you can just make out the cup of the Big Dipper. My camera makes shooting the Big Dipper a challenge as it picks up too many stars and washes out the consolation. Also, it didn’t help that I was not carrying my nighttime photography lens on this trip….. In realty, the Big Dipper and the Big Dipper’s reflection in the lake was breathtaking.

I hiked around the corner to get the view in the upper basin. The Milky Way view was much better!

A zoomed image with some light painting on the trees.

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