When walking out onto the dock at Lost Lake Camp Grounds, about 3 hours out of Portland proper, is a stunning affair for a Midwesterner like myself. I have grown up in the flatland Illinois – where corn was plentiful and stars are few. The sheer beauty of the milky way stretching over lost lake and Mt. Hood is enough to take your breath away.

Having wanted to capture the Milky Way Lost Lake Oregon, I had scouted the site and the location of the Milky Way prior to my trip and knew exactly where I wanted to setup to capture the image. When I had arrived, Mt. Hood was completely covered with clouds. I had been fearful of this when driving as I had gambled thinking that, once in the mountains, the clouds would lift and I would be treated with an incredible evening of stargazing. Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed and, thankfully, I remembered to bring my headlamp because the dark crept up quite quickly.

A big thank you to Daniel Czyzl for allowing me to use his car days prior to his wedding (which I was shooting – see previous post). Of course, had I simply opened his glove box that night and found his GPS unit rather than relying on my phone – which had no service and thus wouldn’t map my return, I may have avoided the epic 3 hour journey throughout the Rocky Mountains at 3 am trying to find my way back to my hotel. That’s okay though – I’d say the image was worth the extra drive.

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Milky Way Lost LakeEXIF Data:

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Tokina 16-28
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 3200
Exposure: 20 sec
6 Exposures