Twilight Voodoo – Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

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I recently spent 6 days backpacking in Montana’s Glacier National Park. We started up near the Canadian border on the East side of the park and hiked 36 miles South through Glacier’s wild back country. There wasn’t any close contact with bears so that’s a plus!

Here are a few Behind the Scenes Photos from the trip. I’m currently working on editing some portfolio images from Glacier, let’s just say, the skies are nice and dark in that part of the country! Milky Way galore.

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My Brother Lee & I Hiking in Glacier National Park, Montana
The landscape of Glacier are some of the best I've ever scene. This was taken on a 5 day backpacking trip in Glacier's back country.We stayed out late and captured the Milky Way rising over the massive peaks in the distance which are just a few miles south of the Canadian Border.
Looking North Towards Canada from the Top of Red Gap Pass

The Shot
Anyone that’s been to Mount Rainier probably knows this location. Back in 2013 I was driving past Reflection Lakes on the way home from a night of milky way photography and stumbled across near perfect conditions for a twilight shoot.

This shot was taken well before sunrise, but the camera still picked up a nice little glow out of the South East which can be seen in this composition. It comes from single RAW file which was lightly processed in both Lightroom & Photoshop using the following techniques. The total processing time took about 20 minutes.


  • Provide “cool” feel to the photo using Temperature & Tint Sliders
  • Recover Shadows & Blacks
  • Minimal Vibrance Boost
  • Lens Profile Correction & Remove Chromatic Aberration
  • Export to full size TIFF file


  • Apply Tony Kuypers Luminosity Masking Actions & Techniques to bring out the “mid-tones” and darker shadows in the photo. I also added slight global contrast. 
  • Minimal selective color balance adjustments to give the photo a “cool” feel. 
  • Selective adjustments on the “foggy” parts of the photo to bring up the brightness.
  • Final Web Sharpening once again using the TK Actions noted above.
  • Save for web as JPEG in sRGB color space. Good video tutorial on that topic HERE

It’s somewhat hard to see on the web size version of this photo, but full size the water droplets on the grass in the foreground really sparkle and add depth to the photo:)

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A misty twilight @ Mount Rainier National Park.

Not of this World – Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

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Summer is full swing here in the Pacific Northwest which means lots of backpacking, teaching star photography workshops & exploring / scouting new locations. Here are a few Behind the Scenes Shots from the past couple of months.

Paul Weeks Shooting in the Rain Forest during a 3 Day Backpacking Trip || Olympic National Park, Washington
Solo Hike Under the Super Moon Light || Mount Baker Wilderness, Washington
Another Successful Night Under the Stars – July 2014 Star Photography Workshop Group || Mount Rainier, Washington

The Shot
After 8 unsuccessful attempts the weather finally allowed me to take this shot. I’ve always loved this composition, but there is considerable light pollution which is usually seen in the same location the where Milky Way is rising in this photo. There is one solution to this light pollution problem, wait until extremely dense low lying fog / clouds cover the valley below the crater.

On this particular night the sun had set and the fog started to roll in very quickly over the valley as seen just above the horizon of this photo. These conditions removed a considerable amount of light pollution from the skyline & allowed me to finish off the rest in Lightroom & Photoshop.

The photo is composed of 4 different shots, all taken with my tripod in the exact same place. The first two shots are for field of view. The entire Milky Way Core and the Crater won’t fit into a single frame of the Nikkor 14-24mm lens ( @ 14mm ) so a vertical pano was used. The last (2) shots were taken 30 minutes before the first two shots capturing the immediate foreground / mid-ground using focus stacking techniques. Using a long ( 2 min ) exposure for the last (2) shots it was also possible to keep nice detail without using a high ISO and inducing noise. Some of these techniques are covered in the Focus Stacking Video Tutorial provided above.

As always click the photo to see it full size on a black background

2015 & 2016 Star Photography Workshop Info // Moon Shadow – Mount Hood Oregon

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The Shot
In my opinion this is one of Mount Hood’s most under rated vantage points, especially in the winter months. We arrived just after midnight as the rising moon was sitting low in the sky casting shadows and amazing light over most of the landscape.

With a tall snow embankment on my left, the moon’s light didn’t touch the foreground but blazed it’s light across the remainder of the landscape. Slight cloud cover gives a nice glow to the stars with Mount Hood looming in the background. When printed full size you can see the snow flakes sparkle in the light, but standing there it almost felt like there were small blinking lights covering the ground.

This photo is composed of two shots ( same composition ), 1 at a short exposure time / high ISO to capture the stars without creating star trails. Another shot was taken at lower ISO and longer exposure time to capture the rest of the scene without generating as much noise. These two shots were taken seconds apart to capture what I saw that night. Fresh snow + night skies = Good times!

As always, click the photo to see it full size on a black background:)
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comRead the full blog post --> my opinion this is one of Mount Hood's most under rated vantage points, especially in the winter. We arrived just after midnight as the moon was starting to rise. With the moon still low in the sky it cast some awesome shadows and amazing light all over the landscape. With a tall snow embankment on my left the moon's light didn't touch the foreground but blazed it's light across the remainder of the photo. Slight cloud cover gives a nice glow to the stars with Mount Hood in the background. I wanted to portray the soft light of the moon that was cast over the entire scene. This shot is composed of two shots. 1 at a short exposure time to capture the stars at high ISO and another at a longer exposure time and lower ISO to capture the rest of the scene without generating as much noise. Snow + Night skies = Good times!