The night before I made the photo in the last journal post, I was on a short trip to the Herbert Glacier. After almost an entire weekend of complaining that God wasn’t providing the weather I had hoped for and expected, Sunday night proved to be a time of answered prayers. Everywhere I turned, I was finding subjects and light to photograph that I hadn’t anticipated on this particular night. The Herbert Valley offers, mountains, glacier, silt patterns, river whitewater, a sky open to the setting sun, and some of the best autumn color in all of Juneau’s surrounding area. Every one of those things was in prime condition, and I was in awe as I tried to make the most of my limited time. Night falls quickly this time of year, and my bike ride back to the car was a dark one, but I arrived safely and with a type of satisfaction I only find by experiencing God through nature.
I hope you enjoy these photos despite the fact that the level of detail in some of them is not at all suited to web display. I pray you have time for your own fall experience before winter descends.
This is my first attempt at merging twilight and star photography in a variation on a technique that I learned from NPN member Floris van Breugel. I made a series of exposures of a single composition over the course of nearly two hours. Even though there appeared to be no stars in the portion of sky I was photographing into the late night, the camera recorded a ton of them (much to my surprise). In the end I chose three exposures to blend into this final image. The beautiful light from long after sunset was a real treat as I waited for night to fall. This definitely won’t be my last effort to make the most of this photographic potential. Thanks for checking in.
I left the house at around five o’clock last Saturday morning looking for alpine color and some contrasting rocks on Mt. Roberts above downtown Juneau. I ended up finding a beautiful pre-sunrise, about twenty minutes of actual sunrise, the fall colors I had hoped for, and the state bird. All together, it was well worth the early rising and the tough hike.
Work has kept me really busy lately, but maybe later this week I’ll find time to post more from a hike into the fall color of Mt. Roberts.