Viewpoints of MBBC

These are some of the views anyone can see at MBBC. The first shot is directly north east of the Upper Wilderness Camp site. From where the tents would be set up, its about a 2 minute walk up an old logging trail. Here you can see the pristine valley, and overlook all of Maple Falls. Late at night you can see other wilderness campfires on the horizon directly across. This time lapse was started at 4:30AM. I was hoping that it would eventually clear up, around 8:00AM, but it never did. My battery eventually died, and I had to relocate to the next viewpoint.

Later in the afternoon, I drove up to Mount Baker Ski Resort. Although it was closed for the season, there are still numerous viewpoints to take in. This is the best view of Mt. Shuksan. As you can see, there is a large glacier located directly on the front. Over a 3-hour time period the day cleared up and I was able to get this great shot of the Mountain. To get to this viewpoint, it is a 40min drive from the camp. There is many great recreational and picnic areas along the way

Lastly, I wanted to capture an evening moment. As the light delicately settles on the camp grounds, you can see Mt. Baker change its tones. From a pristine white, to a pale pink, it alters its color. Its almost as if the mountain changes it’s appearance to suite the moment. On a clear day it happens quite quickly, so I advise spending some time around the campfire and wait for it.

Here are my tips:

1.Use auto iris! This will automatically control your iris to ensure you have the correct exposure. Sudden light changes due to cloud movements, or even the position of the sun will require you adjust your iris. Doing it manually can cause lighting blips in the final shot.

a. If you are shooting in the early morning, adjust your cameras settings to that you can place your cameras iris at a lower number ex. F2.8. So as it gets brighter, your camera has a larger range of F-stops to adjust to as the day gets brighter.

b. If you are shooting towards the mid-day or evening, start with your iris at a higher setting F16. So that when it gets darker, your iris can move to a lower F-stop.

2. Do not MOVE your camera. Any slight bump will cause a glitch in playback. It is imperative that you have a solid tripod.

3. If you are planning on doing so really early morning shots, bring a blanket or a light tarp to put over your camera. It will keep the dew off your gear. Some cameras have rain jackets. This is a good time to use one.

4. Pack a really comfortable chair. You’ll be spending about 3-4 hours in it.

5. Bring mosquito repellent. You can’t leave your camera. You can't run, and you can't hide.

6. Bring your Bible. I found it a great time to spend some time reading. You are surrounded by God’s creation, and you’re forced not to move for several hours. Tell me another time when this rare event happens!

7. Don’t forget some bottles of water. Water fountains in the forest are hard to find.

8. ENJOY!

Article written by Philip Ashdown, Videographer

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