Last night I joined the local photography meet-up group for a Milky Way shoot at Todd Lake. When we left Bend, the skies were clear but as we traveled toward the mountains we could see a heavy cloud bank covering the area of the mountain we would be shooting. Even so, we were hopeful that once the sun went down, the skies would clear.
It is about a 1/2 mile hike from the parking area at the lake to the spot where we would be shooting. It was still light enough for us to hike in without using our flashlights. The clouds were still covering the mountain but there were signs of it breaking up.
And lo and behold, the clouds did disperse and we had a few hours of wonderful shooting. It got quite chilly once the sun went down and I was glad I had brought a headband, gloves, and my winter jacket.
For the last few photos we experimented with increasing the length of the shot and covering the top half of the lens halfway through in order to get a little more detail in the water.
We finished our shoot around midnight. It was a wonderful evening.
You can see how the color of the light changed as the evening progressed.