Thursday's Task - 07/30/2020

Douglas Sherman

Supporting Member
Today, let's post an image or images of a location where you camped out right at the location in order to get the first rays of sunlight in the morning. Mine are of Muley Point in Utah overlooking the San Juan River valley with Monument Valley in the distance. I slept in the back of my SUV, rolled out before sunrise, and walked about 100 feet to this location.

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Ben Egbert

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Staff member
Good one Douglas, I do the same and at several places, including Muley Point. Since you already show Muley point, I won't repeat, I also do this at Skyline overlook, but I have already shown too many from there, and same for Christmas Meadows, so maybe Factory Butte. I camped right out a side road and walked about 100 yards to get this shot.

Middle of the night

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Nest morning

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Jameel Hyder

Well-Known Member
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Wow, great sunrise images Doug, Ben and Alan.

Mine is from my favorite hunting ground - Mt Rainier. On this occasion, arrived there for sunset which wasn't what I expected as the clouds all dissipated and left a plain cloudless sky. That opened the opportunity for some MW action later that night. Took a short nap in the car and then woke up to capture the sunrise.

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Jim Dockery

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Camping at great sunrise/sunset locations is one of the most enjoyable aspects of alpine climbing. The shots below though were just a big hike (5.5 miles gaining 5000+ ft.) to the summit of Mt. Pugh in Washington's central Cascades. The summit only has room for a few sleeping bags so I was lucky to have it to myself this beautiful summer night a few years ago. It was also my first real test of my newSony A7rII, which worked like a charm.

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Looking back down the curving summit ridge. The hike starts just above the valley below.

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Sunset looking back towards Mt. Pilchuck on the left.

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Three Fingers

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One of my favorite star & moon pictures, dawn behind Glacier Pk.

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Sunrise behind Glacier Pk.

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Mt. Rainier

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Mt. Baker

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Mt. Baker & Whitechuck as I hiked down.
 

Ken Rennie

Well-Known Member
Schwangau in Bavaria on one of my many cycling trips that go through this spellbinding location. Crawled out of my tent in the half ight before dawn, jumped on my bike for 5 minutes to capture the first light hitting the Alps with Neuschwanstein Castle in the background and St Coloman's church in the foreground.
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Kyle Jones

Moderator
I rarely camp out for this - I'll usually book a room somewhere and do an early drive/hike. I did, though, camp out for some star circles and sunrise at Castle Crags. I left the camera out all night capturing images of Castle Dome and Mount Shasta to create a star circle image I had envisioned. In the morning I got up to capture sunrise as well.

1) The star circles
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2) Castle Dome at Sunrise
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3) And Castle Crags
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John Holbrook

Well-Known Member
Congratulations all—very impressive images made much more so by roughing it at these inspiring locations. An alternative Thursday‘s Task suggestion: staying in a nearby motel but skipping the complementary breakfast to speed to the sunrise location, staying marginally within the local speed limit—that I can do!
 

AlanLichty

Moderator
Congratulations all—very impressive images made much more so by roughing it at these inspiring locations. An alternative Thursday‘s Task suggestion: staying in a nearby motel but skipping the complementary breakfast to speed to the sunrise location, staying marginally within the local speed limit—that I can do!
Camping is a relative term here with a very wide range of examples in this thread: Jim Dockery backpacked up to the top of a peak in the Cascades to spend the night on a flat spot while my "campsite" was a level paved space between the trees in a state park with full hookups for my RV. I would be hard pressed to describe my rolling accommodations as roughing it. I used to do a lot of motel based photo touring when I was still working but decided I wanted to be able to stay near where I want to shoot when I retired. In hindsight I have found that motel rooms are actually rather primitive places to stay :)
 

Douglas Sherman

Supporting Member
Congratulations all—very impressive images made much more so by roughing it at these inspiring locations. An alternative Thursday‘s Task suggestion: staying in a nearby motel but skipping the complementary breakfast to speed to the sunrise location, staying marginally within the local speed limit—that I can do!
Thanks for the suggestion, John. That will be next Thursday's task.
 

Douglas Sherman

Supporting Member
Good one Douglas, I do the same and at several places, including Muley Point. Since you already show Muley point, I won't repeat, I also do this at Skyline overlook, but I have already shown too many from there, and same for Christmas Meadows, so maybe Factory Butte. I camped right out a side road and walked about 100 yards to get this shot.

Middle of the night

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Nest morning

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These are great, Ben but that first one is super nice.
 

Douglas Sherman

Supporting Member
Wow, great sunrise images Doug, Ben and Alan.

Mine is from my favorite hunting ground - Mt Rainier. On this occasion, arrived there for sunset which wasn't what I expected as the clouds all dissipated and left a plain cloudless sky. That opened the opportunity for some MW action later that night. Took a short nap in the car and then woke up to capture the sunrise.

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Really nice images, Jameel. That second one showing the alpine glacier snaking its way down Mt. Rainier is great.
 

Douglas Sherman

Supporting Member
Camping at great sunrise/sunset locations is one of the most enjoyable aspects of alpine climbing. The shots below though were just a big hike (5.5 miles gaining 5000+ ft.) to the summit of Mt. Pugh in Washington's central Cascades. The summit only has room for a few sleeping bags so I was lucky to have it to myself this beautiful summer night a few years ago. It was also my first real test of my newSony A7rII, which worked like a charm.

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Looking back down the curving summit ridge. The hike starts just above the valley below.

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Sunset looking back towards Mt. Pilchuck on the left.

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Three Fingers

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One of my favorite star & moon pictures, dawn behind Glacier Pk.

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Sunrise behind Glacier Pk.

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Mt. Rainier

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Mt. Baker

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Mt. Baker & Whitechuck as I hiked down.
Such a beautiful series, Jim. Thanks for sharing.
 

Douglas Sherman

Supporting Member
I rarely camp out for this - I'll usually book a room somewhere and do an early drive/hike. I did, though, camp out for some star circles and sunrise at Castle Crags. I left the camera out all night capturing images of Castle Dome and Mount Shasta to create a star circle image I had envisioned. In the morning I got up to capture sunrise as well.

1) The star circles
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2) Castle Dome at Sunrise
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3) And Castle Crags
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Great images, Kyle. I remember when star circles were all the rage but now you seldom see new ones. I still like them as much s the Milky Way images.
 
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