Last night I headed up to Crater Lake National Park with a goal in mind, to make it up to the Watchman fire lookout located on the summit of Watchman Peak. This location has a special place with me, as it’s the spot that really launched me into night photography professionally when I hiked out to it three years ago in the winter to capture the milky way and northern lights. Three years ago though, Crater Lake National Park was in a major drought so the West Rim Road was actually plowed all the way to Watchman Peak, allowing the 3 1/2 mile (each way) hike to be made in 2 hours. Last night it took me 5 1/2 hours to make the trek with snow the entire route. I pulled a sled carrying gear to keep me alive in the negative temps along with all my camera gear, with my sled weight coming in at around 75lbs. Basically it was like dragging my 12 year old up a mountain. With the temps in the single digits and wind at a constant 15+ miles per hour it made capturing long exposures especially challenging. I left with a little frost nip on my fingers during the cold night and a sunburn from the trek back to my car in the morning. I did capture the milky way but you just have to make sure you don’t miss a post. #craterlake#craterlakenationalpark#hillmanpeak#wizardisland#watchmanpeak#usinterior#canon6d#canonexploreroflight#naturesophotogenic#whenindoubtgo#optoutside#cascadiaexplored#oregonexplored#neverstopexploring#matthewnewmanphotography
I didn’t think I was going to get to shoot the eclipse due to bad weather. After being down and out for thirty-six hours with a migraine Monday and Tuesday I really thought I couldn’t possibly go out and shoot. Well, I set an alarm for 4:30 thinking if it clears I’ll just step outside and shoot a couple shots and call it good. I wound up waking up at 2:00am, any time I wake up before I was set to get up and shoot is a good sign that I should start packing up gear to head out. I walked out the door to look at the sky and saw the moon through a hole in the clouds, then I checked the Mount Ashland webcams. It looked pretty clear even in the fairly dark webcams. Driving up the road, I drove through some heaving fog, but once I got through it was pretty clear. Arriving about fifteen minutes before totality started left me scrambling for a composition of a shot I wasn’t planning on doing. Anyway, it was another beautiful lunar eclipse in the books and the sunrise views were to die for as seen in my last post. #lunareclipse2018#lunareclipse#bloodmoon#supermoon#bluemoon#naturesophotogenic#matthewnewmanphotography#mountashland#mtashland#southernoregon#oregonexplored#cascadiaexplored#astrophotography#theworldatnight#idadarksky#earthsky#optoutside
With clouds in my forecast, I thought I’d share this sequence that I shot years ago of a lunar eclipse. This is what you can expect to see if you happen to have clear skies and be in the viewing area. I actually shot my first lunar eclipse eleven years ago before I was shooting astrophotography. I remember watching one of my first lunar eclipses when I was around ten years old and living in the east bay in California. I watched it with friends in their family hot tub.
Good luck to those chasing clear skies in the viewing area! #lunareclipse#astrophotography#nightphotography#matthewnewmanphotography
Crater Lake National Park. The night I captured this shot, I got to show my friend @theisaacgibbs the beauty that I call my back yard. When I first met him, he showed me around his back yard in the Anza-Borrego desert. The two are very contrasting environments but they share the common ground of being great places to view the night sky away from light pollution.