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It was 1pm when I decided to go on this adventure and was out the door by 2pm and on my way to Sparks Lake, Oregon from San francisco. I definitely didn't plan to well, not that I had to much time to. Service wasn't great at all. When I got there I wasn't exactly sure where to go, so I took a road around the lake trying to find a spot looking north and over the lake. I got lucky and drove right to that spot, all at around 9:30pm. Not that there are many roads to take anyways, but it was dark and I was in a hurry! I got some shots just near the end of blue hour and then started to timelapse for a bit. I think I was a night late for shooting the Aurora though. At least from what I saw on Google+ from the night before I was at the same location. I still got some pinks though, especially because I decided to so 900 second shot at ISO 320. You could see a little pink with your naked eye, but all the color was pretty much gone by midnight. I was glad I got there when I did or I would have missed it all.



After time lapsing for a couple hours I decided to drive around and get an angle for the Milky Way. As I had some work I needed to get done back in home I had to decided to sleep in my car and drive early the next day or drive home tonight. It was 1:30am and I decided to just hit the road. I was hoping to get somewhere interesting by sunset to really top off the trip, I realize now I probably should have stayed and got sunset at the lake :) But now it just means I have to go back!



I ended up around Shasta Lake in Redding, CA for sunset and blue hour. And during blue hour it looked so surreal from the road. I knew this would be the spot, but need a good vantage point. Time was running out to. I took about 4 different exits, drove back and fourth, down and up all these random roads looking for somewhere to get a shot. I couldn't find anything at least not before the sun came up. Total failure. So in disappointment I drove the rest of the way home and was in bed by 9am. That sure was a fun, quick little trip! Definitely will be making it back there very soon.



To see my timelpase video which includes a scene from here visit my Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/61000469

Aurora Borealis Trails II

Aurora Borealis TrailsFrom my trip to Sparks Lake this past July during the Aurora. I have posted many shots from this night but just now have found the time to finally star stack my timelapse from here.To see my timelpase video which includes a scene from here visit my Vimeo: vimeo.com/61000469To read a bit more about my trip, check out my +500px story: 500px.com/tobyharriman/stories/49427/my-19-hour-trip

  • April 5th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 17mm / f/f/4 / 20 sec sec

Sparks Lake Oregon

This was right as I got to Sparks Lake before the Aurora last week. I probbaly need to go back now :)

Car Lights Over Sparks Lake

Here is a frame from a timelapse I got up at Sparks Lake this past July. There is a little bit of the Aurora showing as well. I added a little blue to this, but was stuff for a while debating the white balance. The car lights over the lake are from Brad Goldpaint's buddy. Check out Brad's star photographs, he has some incredible Aurora shots from here the night before.

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Sparks Lake Aurora

After seeing so many awesome night shots from +Dave Morrow and +thomas o'brien I decided to look back at my, under 12 hour, Oregon adventure from this past July.

  • July 15th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 17mm / f/4 / 15 sec

Aurora at Sparks Lake, Oregon - July 15 2012

Here is another shot from the Aurora last night at Sparks Lake.

Canon 5D MK III
Canon 17-40mm f/4 L
ISO 6400
f/4.0
15 Seconds

Aurora Trails - Sparks Lake, Oregon

After seeing so many incredible images yesterday from the Aurora, I decided to take a little trip, a 18 hour trip that is!

It was 1pm when I decided to go and was out the door by 2pm and on my way to Sparks Lake, Oregon. I definitely didn't plan to well, not that I had to much time to. Service wasn't great at all. When I got there I wasn't exactly sure where to go, so I took a road around the lake trying to find this shot. I got lucky and drove right to it, all at around 9:30pm. I got some shots just before it got really dark and then started to timelapse for a bit. I think I was a night late on the Aurora though. At least from the pictures I saw from the night before I was. I still got some pinks though. But not much you could see with the naked eye. But all the color was pretty much gone by midnight anyways. I am glad I got there when I did or I would have missed it all.

I drove around to get some Milky Way reflections and then decided I got what I came for. Sleep in my car or drive was my question? 1:30am and I decided to hit the road. I was hoping to get somewhere interesting by sunset, maybe I should have stayed and got sunset at the lake :) Next time! But I was around Shasta Lake in Redding, CA for sunset and blue hour. And during blue hour it looked so surreal from the road. I took about 4 different exits, drove back and fourth and down all these random roads looking for somewhere to get a shot. I couldn't find anything at least not before the sun came up. So in disappointment I drove the rest of the way home and was in bed by 9am. That sure was a fun, quick little trip! Definitely will be doing more of these :)
- http://smu.gs/QGJRYg

July 15, 2012 Aurora Borealis

It feels good, to finally be sorting through all my timelpases and video taken over the past 2 years. One timelpase I totally forgot about was the one I shot up at Sparks Lake this past July during the Aurora Borealis. I was a night late but still was about to catch some color. But nothing like the night before. Check out Brad Goldpaint's insane capture from the previous night. http://portfolio.goldpaintphotography.com/nightsky/h200552a9#h200552a9

Hopefully in the next few weeks I will have a little edit to share!

  • July 15th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 17mm / f/4 / 20 sec

Aurora Borealis Trails

*Aurora Borealis Trails*
From my trip to Sparks Lake this past July during the Aurora. I have posted many shots from this night but just now have found the time to finally star stack my timelapse from here.

To see my timelpase video which includes a scene from here visit my Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/61000469

  • July 15th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 17mm / f/4 / 20 sec

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mlippert74
mlippert74  10 months ago
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Awesome, awesome awesome
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Poh Huay Suen  almost 2 years ago
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Amazing capture and what a hard work driving like mad to get the right locations to get Aurora. Your photos are amazing beautiful. I am an amateur photographer and on Monday we went to see the shooting stars but unfortunately I unable to get any of the milky way shot but have some beautiful sunrise and misty photos.
Thanks and really enjoy reading your post and beautiful photos.

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Toby Harriman  almost 2 years ago
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Thank you!
humzamehbub
Humza Mehbub  almost 2 years ago
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Absolutely lovely. Such a great thing it is to spend time away from city life! :)
CatherineSuen
Poh Huay Suen  almost 2 years ago
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Yea, I do agree, after my first experience, now I am looking forward for my 2nd trip to see the shooting stars again soon.
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Toby Harriman  almost 2 years ago
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Thanks!
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Ross Thornhill  almost 2 years ago
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Incredible image! :)
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Toby Harriman  almost 2 years ago
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Thanks Ross