Feb
23

Sunrise timelapse by Mike

What a morning.

I got up early to catch the sunrise. I shot my second in-camera timelapse of a mountain peak I had noticed a couple days back. I was trying to catch the sunrise so I had to set up while it was still dark. I ended up driving 5 miles past the turnoff before I realized where I was. Thankfully, I still had time to set up the shot before the first rays of light hit the peak. Even though I made it back in time, I still missed the first few minutes of the sunrise. The polarizer needed to be swapped out for a neutral density filter, only it was 3  degrees outside and my fingers were frozen. After ten minutes of fiddling, I got the filter screwed on and hit record. The sun had just risen above the horizon and flooded the mountain in sunlight. I haven’t had a chance to look at the final timelapse video, but I’m excited to see how it turned out.

After the sunrise, I spent some time looking for wildlife. I spotted mountain goats, a bald eagle, and a pair of moose.  The mountain goats were too far away and there was a lot of impassable terrain between us. The bald eagle was perched high in a snag overlooking the river and flew away as soon as I hiked close enough. The only footage I ended up with was of the moose. They were standing in the river when I saw them. I ended up with a few minutes of video before they walked into the forest.

I’m heading out again later this afternoon. Planning to drive up the North Fork in search of elk.