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Perseid: Star Trails, Lake Ann | by mj.foto
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Perseid: Star Trails, Lake Ann

Chasing Perseid | Mt. Shuksan Range


It was Thursday when Ryan and I caught news about the Perseid meteor shower. The peak of the show was Thursday night, but we figured we should be able to catch some on Friday, the 13th of August.


Friday, we set out to hike Lake Ann. The trail head was 3 hours away north of Seattle near the Canadian border. We left work around 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Stuck on northbound I-5 traffic, there was nothing much we could do.


We arrived at the trail head at around 7:15 in the evening. There was plenty of light and we thought we could catch sunset at the summit basin. We immediately unloaded our hiking bags and hiked down/up.


Carrying 40 lb long hiking bags each (camera gear is heavy!), we started running down the trail. It was a good 1 mile before our first stop. We had reached the steep uphill point of trail and could run no more. The hopes of catching sunset at the summit basin was gone. The last 1.8 miles was the most painful where we had to climb most of the 1900 ft of elevation gain. The summit was 4,900 ft above sea level. The trail was rocky and we had to cross multiple huge chunks of glacial ice sheets. Having no hiking poles, I had to improvise -- I had to use my tripod!


We reached camp at around 10 o'clock. Pitched our tent and cooked our much needed meal. After having settled, I didn't waste time and started shooting.


The photo above was probably my 5th frame. Of course, I couldn't shoot plenty of photos having exposures longer than 30 minutes. Composing was the hardest. It wasn't exactly bright out there. I couldn't make out the outline of the rocky granite peaks clearly through the viewfinder.


There's a few more I've yet to post. Will get to them later in the week.



Exposure: 1725.4 seconds

Aperture: f/2.8

Focal Length: 24 mm

ISO Speed: 200



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Taken on August 14, 2010