Here’s a timelapse video I shot yesterday from the amazing view at Kerry Park overlooking the Seattle Skyline in Washington State. I shot from 3 in the afternoon until around 10 p.m. I shot the entire timelapse with my Nikon D850. I met so many interesting people while helping take family photos and iPhone shots for tourists. It was a great afternoon.
I drove over the White Pass and headed to Mt. Rainier National Park. It was raining the whole way. As I headed east towards the Carbon River Ranger Station the clouds lifted and Mt. Rainier made an appearance. It is an amazing sight after the mountain has been shrouded in fog and clouds to see it suddenly appear in full sunlight.
I stopped and helped other folks take group photos and a nice Chinese tourist took a photo of me with Mt. Rainier.
The Carbon River was named for the abundance of coal found along the upper parts of the river. There is dispersed camping at the Carbon River section of Mt. Rainier National Park, which is one of the reasons I wanted to camp there. I found a spot right on the river and parked my Little Guy RV and settled in.
It started misting again but I loved hiking among the old growth rainforest in the mist. The trees in this section of Mt. Rainier National Park are quite lovely. I once hiked here after a rare snowfall and it was beautiful!
View of the Carbon River Road and old growth rainforest.
I took a selfie with one of my favorite trees. It has to be over 100 years old. I took a photograph a few years ago in front of this tree and now it’s kind of a tradition.
I took a panorama Carbon River Road which has been closed to traffic since the huge storm in 2006. I visited in 2009 and there were still a lot of large trees down. It has since been cleaned up dramatically. The Carbon River Road remains closed to traffic but it is beautiful to walk along the road and see all the trees.
Last year I tried to photograph the Milky Way over Palouse Falls in Eastern Washington State but my brother and I were chased out by wildfires. I went back this year even though I wasn’t sure I would be able to get the shot due to the rainy weather. In fact, I waited out the rain for four days at my campsite before it finally cleared on the fifth night. However, the moon didn’t set until 2:00 a.m. which meant that I would have to be out very late to get the dark sky and be able to see the Milky Way. By that time the center of the Milky Way would have moved westward and wouldn’t be close to the Falls. So I set up a very wide shot to try to compensate for all of this. I shot two shots, one for the foreground which was partially moonlit and one for the Milky Way. The Milky Way was shot taken at 25 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 4000, white balance 4000K. The moonlit shot was taken for five minutes, f/2.8, ISO 2000, white balance 4000K with long exposure noise reduction turned on.