Room with a view – Hiking Near Twin Lakes

By:  Sam
July 15, 2010

After taking those photos, I went inside, melted some snow, cooked dinner and read for a while. After a few hours, the light started getting dramatic.

Funky lighting over the Picket Range (Background):

Baker was looking good too:

Bye-Bye Sun! (it was 11:15 at this point!)

Since it was a short hike, and the views were going to be great, I lugged Allen’s tripod up with me so I’d have a chance at getting some night shots:

Stars over Baker and Shuksan in the same shot.

The next morning, I woke up to find that the lakes I was hoping to fish were still completely frozen over. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to go back to skiing.

A little bit of route-finding, one lost pair of sunglasses, and before we knew it, we were back to the car.

The hut I stayed at is called the Winchester Fire Lookout. It was slated for demolition until the Mount Baker Club saved it in 1982. The hut is open to the public, but if you go up I’d encourage you to do your part to help out the club
; by packing out everything you pack in, keeping the hut tidy, and reporting any damage or maintenance needs to the club. If you can help out financially, I’m sure they’d like that too.

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  1. Harvey44
    wrote on July 16th, 2010 at 6:59 am  

    Chester is a classic.

  2. Porter Haney
    wrote on July 16th, 2010 at 12:02 pm  

    Sam! Where are your skis?

    • Sam
      wrote on July 16th, 2010 at 1:37 pm  

      Resting, I’ve got plans for them soon though.

  3. christian
    wrote on July 18th, 2010 at 4:45 pm  
    • Jtoots212
      wrote on July 19th, 2010 at 8:17 am  

      agreed! would you tell us what you shutter speed was on those shots to get the stars in motion? truly fantastic!

  4. Sam
    wrote on July 19th, 2010 at 4:29 pm  

    Sure, the main star trail photo (it’s also on the front page) was a 492s exposure, at f5.6, and iso 150. It came out a bit under-exposed and I had to brighten it in Lightroom. I’m sure there is a great system for figuring out exactly how long you should expose a long exposure shot, but I haven’t figured it out yet, and still rely on trial and error. Thanks for the interest !

  5. RogerK
    wrote on July 19th, 2010 at 7:25 pm  
  6. K_C
    wrote on July 27th, 2010 at 9:50 am  

    Awesome shots Sam. Chester is going to start charging a fee for every photo you take of him.

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