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Milky way photography near Portland, OR?
« on: August 22, 2019, 11:59:55 pm »

I think one of my biggest challenges starting out in photography is knowing the best places to go. Are there any great resources that you all know of, other than this forum? I know a lot of it is experience and knowing the right people, but being new to the hobby and the area, it's very frustrating and disheartening seeing so many amazing photos and not knowing where they are or how to get there.

Anyway, for this particular topic I'm hoping to find somewhere to practice shooting the milky way in the Portland area. Ideally something that's relatively easily accessible by car or a short walk. Hopefully something with one of the big mountains. I do have a location on the coast planned, but trying to think of backup locations if the weather on the coast is bad.
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Re: Milky way photography near Portland, OR?
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2019, 09:57:30 pm »

Trillium Lake near Mt Hood is a good place to shoot the milky way.
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Re: Milky way photography near Portland, OR?
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2019, 12:31:11 am »

I'm not really answering your question, but giving some unsolicited advice. Yes, iconic grand landscapes with beautiful clouds and light are beautiful, and it's easy to think you have to go somewhere far away to get a photo like that. In reality, getting those photos is actually pretty easy if you have basic photography skills, and a lot of time and money to travel and keep returning to places until you get beautiful light. It's much more difficult to make a beautiful photo when you are not at an iconic place. What you need is to develop an eye for light, and a practice of figuring out how to find that light and when it occurs. Beautiful light happens everywhere, you just have to cultivate finding it. So, if you want to become a good photographer, it is better you learn how to recognize and find beautiful light than it is to dream of going to iconic beautiful places. Of course, if you can, do both, but developing an eye for light is more important.
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Re: Milky way photography near Portland, OR?
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2019, 12:39:02 pm »

Trillium Lake near Mt Hood is a good place to shoot the milky way.

For the tail end i guess? Isn't the core always to the South?

I'm not really answering your question, but giving some unsolicited advice. Yes, iconic grand landscapes with beautiful clouds and light are beautiful, and it's easy to think you have to go somewhere far away to get a photo like that. In reality, getting those photos is actually pretty easy if you have basic photography skills, and a lot of time and money to travel and keep returning to places until you get beautiful light. It's much more difficult to make a beautiful photo when you are not at an iconic place. What you need is to develop an eye for light, and a practice of figuring out how to find that light and when it occurs. Beautiful light happens everywhere, you just have to cultivate finding it. So, if you want to become a good photographer, it is better you learn how to recognize and find beautiful light than it is to dream of going to iconic beautiful places. Of course, if you can, do both, but developing an eye for light is more important.

I agree this is good advice, but also what I've already been focusing on. I still love grand landscapes more than anything, but it's nice to be able to work on my skills and create great images without always needing to be at these grand landscapes. But in this case though, milky way photography kind of requires them lol
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Re: Milky way photography near Portland, OR?
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2019, 11:34:27 am »

The trick to star photography is light pollution. I would think there would be a lot of that around a big city.  I run into problems with it even in rural parts of eastern South Dakota.


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Re: Milky way photography near Portland, OR?
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2020, 12:27:24 pm »

I saw an amazing picture of the Milky Way shot in front of Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. Yes, there is light pollution from hotels/motels but the final image looked super impressive.
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Re: Milky way photography near Portland, OR?
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2020, 09:58:18 pm »

Another tool to use is called Photopills. This works on any phone. Check it out and I think it will become as important as your camera.
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