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Cabin under the stars



After 6 hours of driving and temperatures below -20C - this was the only shot I was able to get. It was really challenging because the mist from the water refle...
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After 6 hours of driving and temperatures below -20C - this was the only shot I was able to get. It was really challenging because the mist from the water reflected the light from the cabin.
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38 Comments | Report
kathleenweetman PRO
 
kathleenweetman January 16, 2016
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Lovely image.k
racheljonesross
 
racheljonesross January 17, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique.
pauljudges
 
pauljudges January 17, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
pauljudges
 
pauljudges January 17, 2016
Melding Tyrolean with storybook wonder.
gunners42
 
gunners42 February 16, 2016
awesome Capture.......
larssaar PRO
 
larssaar February 24, 2016
Super picture.
charleshuff PRO
 
charleshuff February 25, 2016
Superb! I love the composition with the pines pointing up to the starry sky. It would be a great picture even if cropped to just above the mountain top, but the way you've framed it is perfect.
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 February 28, 2016
Simply magical!!!
emmalarkan
 
emmalarkan March 03, 2016
Magical
NoelleMirabella
 
NoelleMirabella March 03, 2016
My fav image of yours. So much love for this. xx
rpdhjja
 
rpdhjja March 05, 2016
Beautiful....
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset March 05, 2016
Magical! Great capture!
CelestineAerden
 
CelestineAerden March 05, 2016
Love it!
Echopetphotography5
 
Echopetphotography5 March 09, 2016
amazing
TimelessPerspective
 
TimelessPerspective March 13, 2016
I want my photography to be this good. Exquisite shot!
Miltonuk2
 
Miltonuk2 March 22, 2016
Thought you had found Santa's lodge. Great shot, hope I can be as good one day. Stay warm.
MegMagnus
 
MegMagnus April 22, 2016
This is a beautiful shot. A true winter wonderland.
RayShell
 
RayShell April 26, 2016
Reminds me of Christmas! Warm, homely feeling!
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle August 02, 2016
Beautiful!
Superarne92
 
Superarne92 August 26, 2016
It's like a painting ... great.
karenkaner5
 
karenkaner5 September 12, 2016
gorgeous
deborahschillbach PRO
 
deborahschillbach September 20, 2016
Fairy tale. Beauty beyond words!
gkeith1 PRO
 
gkeith1 September 26, 2016
Rachel, browsed your gallery, and I fell in love with your images and post processing.. you have a great eye and are a very talented photographer. Your images are inspiring
SuspiciousMinds12
 
SuspiciousMinds12 October 08, 2016
Really magical
cgkreie
 
cgkreie October 13, 2016
this is the most amazing thing i have ever seen.

this is my new favorite photo ever
shuttertime PRO+
 
shuttertime November 05, 2016
Enchanting:) Definitely a Wow! photo Love it!!
victoriasgallery
 
victoriasgallery November 05, 2016
This is gorgeous! Fantastic capture.
Jasenka
 
Jasenka November 07, 2016
Beautiful, as in fairytale!
Witmar
 
Witmar November 07, 2016
amazing picture
RichardShore PRO
 
RichardShore November 16, 2016
This is beautiful! Gives a real sense of being there... Feel like I need to go grab my coat! Great work.
marcsharp
 
marcsharp January 25, 2017
Woooooaahhhh! I am speechless. This is straight out of a fairytale. Amazing!
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tammysheffield March 11, 2017
Beautiful
Neckbone
 
Neckbone June 17, 2017
Cool image! Great edit!
Shanitski
 
Shanitski August 02, 2017
Beautiful!!!
isabeluffey
 
isabeluffey October 08, 2017
Stunning
ArberElezi
 
ArberElezi November 13, 2017
I feel this photo well done!
dayslikethese
 
dayslikethese March 24, 2018
This is stunningly beautiful!
ccaza
 
ccaza March 29, 2019
Absolutely stunning Beautiful!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at Emerald Lake, British Columbia, which is a 2.5 hour drive from my home. The driving distance is noteworthy because the night I took this photo I did 6 hours of driving and this was the ONLY photo that turned out!
Time
There is nothing I love more than night photography. It is so peaceful to sit under the stars. I lose all sense of time when I'm shooting because I get so lost in the beauty of the night sky, and so enraptured by the incredible details that my camera can "see" but my eyes cannot. This image was taken just before midnight on January, 9th 2015.
Lighting
This was one of the most challenging scenes I've ever tried to shoot because of the lighting. The light from the cabin was reflecting off of the mist rising up from the lake. I must have tried 50 different settings; this image happened to be the very last image I took. Just as I was pressing the shutter the mist cleared ever so slightly, and the light softened.
Equipment
This image was taken with a Canon 6D using a Canon 16-35 mm lens, tripod mounted. I was also wearing enough warm layers to make an expedition to the arctic! It was -28 degrees celsius that night so warm clothing and boots were essential.
Inspiration
I have been to this cabin several times during the day, and one other time at night. I knew it would look amazing under the stars but I swear this little cabin has it's own weather system - mostly cloudy and overcast. Every time I went there the cabin was under cloud, even when the weather called for clear skies. Of course the one night I managed to get out there when there wasn't any clouds it was -28C! It was worth it though; the photo turned out exactly as I imagined it would!
Editing
For as hard as this shot was to get in camera, it was equally hard to process because it was a single image. The challenge was to edit in a way that the light from the cabin didn't over power the stars. I made all of basic adjustments in Light Room, then moved it to Photoshop where I toned down the light coming from the windows in the cabin. I then processed the colour using Nik software. Finally, I used an extension package in Photoshop to sharpen the image and compress it.
In my camera bag
The first two things that I make sure are in my bag is an SD card and a battery. I hate to admit it but I was planning a shoot with a friend one night and realized only after driving for over an hour that I had forgotten my SD card... I then pack my Canon 6D and my two wide angle lenses - the Canon 16-35 mm and the Tokina 16-28 mm. The Tokina is indestructible. The wind caught my tripod and threw my camera, lens first, down an embankment and the Tokina didn't even get a scratch on it! When I'm not doing night photography, I also pack my Canon 70-200 mm (aka Big Bertha). That lens is absolutely amazing!
Feedback
Night photography is never the same from one night to the next, or from one location to the next. People always ask me about settings and though I'm happy to share what settings I use (ISO 400, f2.8, 25 seconds for this shot), the best advice I can give is to just keep trying different settings. In this case I was trying to keep the shutter open long enough to get the stars without blowing out the light from the cabin. I wasn't kidding when I said I tried 50 different settings; the light was constantly changing as the mist rose and moved across the lake. I also tried taking one shot for the foreground and another for the stars, but in the end my best image was a single shot that took many, many tries to achieve. Have patience, try different settings, and dress for the weather!

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