Nature Photography Mountain Camping | Bad and Good Weather Hike
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Nature Photography Mountain Camping | Bad and Good Weather Hike


How you doing, I had a chance to do a
quick overnight so I took the chance. This may be the last time to get into
the high country for the season without having snow on it, so I thought I’d go up.
The route I’m doing is about five thousand feet of ascent and seven and a
half miles and it’ll get me up into the subalpine country and hopefully I’ll
be able to do some landscape photography. I’ll set up a base camp up high and then
wander around. I brought my cold weather gear because
it is possible that it could snow on me if we do get some precipitation up high, so
we’ll see how it goes. Thanks for coming along with the ride. This section of forest here. You could even see a bit of autumn color there,
which is nice. Well I better keep going here, I got a long way to climb I wish I had a camera out closer, but I
didn’t. But right there in the trail, was a nice-sized Bobcat that I walked right up
on and then once he saw me turned around and ran the other way.
we’ll see if I run into him again, probably not. Well I’m a few miles from
where I saw the Bobcat. Still walking up I just took a moment to see how
beautiful this section of forest is here. Nice and plush green. Felt a little
sprinkles so we’ll see if I get rain or not. Alright, continue heading uphill.
I often ask myself why I huff and puff it, up these hills just so I could spend the night up
outdoors with all my camping gear and it would be so much easier to be sitting at
home on the couch but I think the answer to that is that it I need this time
for healing and to decompress my thoughts. I also use it for health benefits, mental
and physical. But I don’t have to go to the gym like a lot of people do to stay
halfway fit. I can just come up here throw a 45 pound pack on and climb up
hills. So I’m about halfway there for my day, to get to my campsite. So
everything’s going smooth so far, no rain. We’ll see how the rest of the trip goes
here. I just have to watch out for these also. Devil’s Club all over the trail and
since I don’t wear boots, if I drag my toes across one of those it would be
very painful. So I’ll check in with you guys in a bit. Alright, slowly starting to get above treeline here. You can see a little bit
of color and then some clouds passing by. My camp’s gonna be in the middle of those
clouds there so we’ll see how it is when it gets up there. Might be a little
chilly Sitting here taking a break watching the
clouds go through the area. I have about a thousand feet to climb before I get to
my campsite, but I might wander around here and see if I can find a good composition.
I only packed a telephoto lens, up to 200 millimeter, on my real camera. So I
figured that would force me to find different types of compositions than I
usually find with a more wide angle, typical landscape, lens. So let me see if
I can wander around and find something. I’m taking a break
underneath these trees here to get out of the clouds. It’s pretty drizzly. There
were some nice colors down low, but it was so drizzly I didn’t want to take the
camera out of the dry sack. I’ll probably hit it up tomorrow on my way out. We’ll
see. You can see some old growth through the mist there. So you can see the last
cold front that came through here dropped a little bit of snow so it should make
camping interesting. I hope I find a nice little camp spot. I’d rather not camp on
slush if I don’t have to. Some pretty amazing contrast up here. I have
some nice dew. Plants got a little bit of snow in the trees. I got some autumn color. I zoomed in, almost to 200
millimetres, lowered the f-stop to I believe it’s f4. And that would blur out
the background when you lower that. And then I just wanted to feature the little
berries on the end and the drops and then use the plant stems. So I better
get going to camp just in case the weather takes a turn for the worst here
and we’ll see how it goes well. I’m glad that there’s some running water up here.
And I should be able to find a place to camp even though it’s pretty soggy.
But it’ll do. I can see I came from that way down through that melting snow. I
was very delicate, so I didn’t slip. But I took my time and made it down here. I made it to camp. I was gonna shoot
setting up my camp, but it was just too miserable. So I thought I’d better get my
tent pitched and then get all cozy before I start wandering around. Some amazing
colors with this fog cloud that’s passing through with a little bit of
wind. You can just sit here and stare at this little mist coming through the
area. It’s quite entertaining. Yeah, I got my camp all set up. We’ll see if the
weather breaks enough to bring out the big camera. If not I’ll just walk around
here with my phone, take a few pictures, maybe some video. It’s pretty chilly out,
inside this cloud, but not enough where I had to put on extra layers. I just
put a windbreaker on and that kept me warm enough. It’s pretty damp on the
ground from all this melted snow in this area. So it’s kind of like being a refrigerator with a breeze. But I came up here to do this type of camping so I am
prepared. Brought my zero degree sleeping bag, just in case. Even though I won’t
need it. And my extra insulation for my sleeping pad and stuff so I’m sure I’ll
be fine. Go over a few things I brought up here. I
got the dirty bag that I keep camp water it in. I got a bottle, sawyer filter, my umbrella, a small pot and then I can cook Ezbit cubes to boil water for dinner. and inner tent, inside the teepee, I keep
a ground sheet that will help keep the moisture out and help me sleep a lot warmer and like I said before I brought a zero degree
bag. That’s a trash compactor bag, the white thing. I do that to protect my
sleeping bag. And then I keep a second bag towards the top of my pack and I keep my camera and any
type of layers that I need to get to real quick. Mainly it’s just to protect
the camera, my top priority. I can’t afford to replace that. I decided to get the real camera out for a moment. Let’s see with
this composition i zoomed in and then tried to make a picture frame with the
green there. And try to capture a bunch of that mist that’s on all the plants
there. I got the tripod set up. I really like that little orange plant right
there so I thought I’d use the rule of thirds and put it at the top right third
and then use all the red to kind of make a minimalist type shot. Hope you guys like it. Alright,
it’s time to make dinner. Started my Esbit cube.
Gonna put the pot on it. For dinner I’m having dehydrated kale, dehydrated black
beans and then gonna throw like an Asian ramen in with it to make like some sort
of soup. I got the dinner going there. Since it’s boiling I’m going to add the
noodles and the broth packet. It’s gonna get dark in about 10 minutes so enjoy the
last of the daylight. Not a shabby view from the tent here. It was kind of rough
going today for photography because of clouds, and then cold wind and mist. I
wanted to do a little bit more, in my brain, when I originally set off for this
trip but, you can’t control the weather. So we’ll see how it is tomorrow. My
noodles are almost done here, so almost time to eat. I’m looking forward to
getting to some hot fluids inside me. It’s a little bit damp and chilly out. Dinner
is done. Time to eat and then lay down and get warm in my sleeping bag. That
sounds really good to me. I just was sitting here thinking I can’t believe
how still and quiet it is here in this cloud. As you can see, we’re up before sunrise.
We’re gonna try to get a landscape shot. Perhaps some alpenglow or some other
lighting scene. We’ll have to see what unveils. I slept pretty good last night. I
tossed and turned a bit. It was pretty damp from the snow that has been melting. But
overall the weather actually broke right after sunset last night. All the clouds
lifted and I could see the Milky Way and stuff. I was really disappointed in
myself for not bringing my landscape lens so I could get some star shots, it
would’ve been perfect. But oh well, you can’t do everything. So let’s go see what
we can find here. I found my first composition of the morning. I really like those jagged peaks over there. I like the minimalist approach. It has all the little jagged peaks and then I used the rule of thirds and put the peaks on the lower third. And then the sun coming up creates a transition in the sky. I thought that was really trippy. So I hope you guys enjoy that. Alright, we’re up here patiently waiting for the magic moment here on the mountain. Alpenglow is what I’m
going for. For those that don’t know what that is, that’s just where the sunrise
hits the mountain at the first moment and creates lovely reflective light that’s
orange and red and all those types of colors. You’ve probably seen that moment
a lot of photographs. So sit here and wait in a little bit of breeze and cold
patiently and hopefully it pays off. You shouldn’t have too much more to wait . I
would probably say judging by the pink to purple transition
line right there, probably one minute or so and then I’m looking forward to
taking some photos and then going to having a couple of cups of hot
coffee because it’s pretty chilly. It’s a beautiful morning. Probably the last
chance that I get to get up this high and not have to walk in snow for the
year. So I gotta enjoy. Not too shabby. What a way to spend your morning
I’m just rapid-firing every direction almost with the different compositions. The lights are
good for a short period. It’s hard to do videos but I’ll put them up so at least you guys can see. In all
the photos, I’m looking for using the rule of thirds or using angles or
leading lines to lead the eye through the photo. An angle example would be a
ridge line that slopes from the top and then slopes to the right and down because
your eyes are going to follow that angle. So I’m gonna do some more shooting. I’m
pretty happy with the photographs that I did get. I’m pretty chilly so it’s time
to go down to camp and make some hot coffee. Sounds good to me. Alight let’s get the coffee going
here. Give it a stir. Nice and black, just how I like my
coffee. And then you got the views. I’m starting to walk out of here, you can see
the river and the mountains and you got what’s left of the snow. A lot of it
melted last night so that’s nice. Makes climbing this hill a lot easier.
It’s the highest point of the day here. That’s all downhill back to the
trailhead. You can see peak, peak, peak, peak, peak, peak, peak, and then color.
Enjoy the
last of the subalpine here before I drop back down into the rainforest. Got some
colors going on. I probably won’t take that many, or if any, photos because I
feel like yesterday I got what I came for so it’s time to head back down the
mountain. It’s pretty cold but nothing Yesterday kinda sucked, being in a cloud. It was cold. But nothing you can’t handle if you’re prepared for
it. I’d definitely say the stars of the show were my hex peak shelter which was
crucial for being fully exposed last night, and then for the first time this
year I’ve been using salt tablets that I got off of Amazon and I’ve hiked this
trail a few times previously and this is the first time I did not get charley
horses or cramps on the way up so that’s a plus.
Anyways, thanks for coming along. Any likes or subscribers I surely appreciate. I’m
looking to grow this channel over this winter so share this with your friends.
It will really help me out. Alright, thanks for watching!

6 Comments

  • Wawhiker

    Good to see you're doing more of these Jake. A real treat and inspiration. Your photography and locations are stunning. I did get a bit chilled seeing the mist all around you – nasty stuff for the body and camera ; )

  • Nivaun Rahne

    Good to see some video of you. Bummer about not bringing your landscape lens, I have made that mistake a few times too often. Now I bring at least two lenses from wide to telephoto, especially during weather like you were in. Photographic opportunities are just as unpredictable as the weather and always good to be prepared. Wide angle doesn't take up that much space. 🙂

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