One of my favorite places to photograph is in Washington State’s North Cascades mountain range. Just off of Highway 20 is a great viewpoint of the Early Winter Spires. Since this area is just on the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range, you’re often greeted with beautiful blue skies and great weather. This specific morning, we got up well before the crack of dawn and made a short hike up to the viewpoint. We knew that the moon would be out and would provide a great compositional element for our photographs. The stars were shining bright in the morning twilight and in this photo you can see the Orion constellation directly over the Early Winter Spires. The previous day’s snowfall provided a light dusting of white over the peaks, providing beautiful contrast for this pre-dawn photograph.
As with most photographs, the image isn’t finished until you work with it in post-processing. In this case, I used Adobe Lightroom 5 to increase the contrast and tone down the left side of the image where the sky had become a bit too bright. I took this shot in 2011 using a Nikon D700 and exposed for 8 seconds at f/11 at ISO 1000.
Winthrop Washington is known for it’s old-western kitsch, but it is also a popular destination for road trippers. Here are a couple of roadsters from two different generations. Enjoy!
That’s a wrap! We ended our Art of Travel Photography workshop in the North Cascades on a high note. We woke up long before dawn to photograph the Early Winters Spires washed in moonlight. An added photographic gift was the Orion star constellation positioned directly above the granite massif. Wonderful images and a great group of people. Can’t wait to come back again next year.
A group of photographers and I are up in Washington State’s North Cascades for the Art of Travel Photography workshop. Based out of the tiny town of Mazama, we are exploring the beauty of the surrounding mountains and stunning landscapes. Here are a few pics from day 1 and day 2 of the workshop. Two more days to go!
Everybody wants to create beautiful images while traveling. We journey to stunning locations because of the beauty and we want to show everyone the gorgeous surroundings after we return.
Every year I run a photography workshop called “The Art of Travel Photography” with the express purpose of working through the process of creating artistic and beautiful images. This year’s workshop is in the North Cascades of Washington State from 10/13 – 10/16. We will be based out of Mazama, WA and will photograph some of Washington’s most scenic areas. Our days will be filled with a mix of outdoor photography, hands-on field work, classroom instruction and the all-important image review/critique.
We’d love to have you come along on this year’s trip. Sign up now at this link: