Serious Sawtooth Lake
Finally got home from a whirlwind week of adventure in Idaho, the fun started last Sunday when I met up with Casey Grimley and Andy Jones up at Sawtooth Lake to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower. Had a ton of fun talking gear, creepy encounters while out chasing, the awesomeness of the night and location, and many other things. We got lucky that the smoke cleared out and were left with perfect dark skies with a touch of wind to make things interesting. The shower wasn't quite as good as previous years, got lucky with the meteor in this shot, still have hundreds of other exposures to go through and painstakingly mask in the rest of the meteors I captured (which actually wasn't that many). I still can't believe how bright Mars is right now, so bright it's causing the trees to cast shadows in its reflection off the lake, incredible. All in all it was just an awesome experience and a very cool place to shoot.
6 exposures went into this image, 3 for the sky and 3 for the foreground, all taken with my Nikon D800E and Sigma Art 35mm on a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer tracking mount. Foreground exposures were 3.5 minutes at ISO 1600 and f2, sky exposures were 3.5 minutes at ISO 800 and f2.8, all shot back to back (meteor was captured during a foreground exposure and masked back into the same sky location).