I love shooting astrophotography, but living in the Vancouver area presents its own set of problems. Namely, light pollution!
Rewind a few years, I wanted to photograph my first ever Milky Way shot. I was backpacking at Mt. Assiniboine Park several years ago, and I figured that would be the perfect place to try my first ever one. Think it was definitely a success, because hey, we were in the middle of nowhere. No light pollution at all!
I knew I wouldn’t be able to get anything THAT dark and epic around here, but I figured what the hell, let’s give it a shot! A lot of people from around here photograph the night sky from Porteau Cove, which is in between Vancouver and Squamish. I’m not a huge fan of photographing the same things as everyone else, so I wanted to go a bit further. And my logic dictated that the further I went from Vancouver, the better success I would have! So I ended up at the Tantalus Lookout, just north of Squamish.
I found out a couple things:
1. Squamish itself gave off a LOT more light pollution than I expected. Damnit!! (The bright orange isn’t a wildfire…. It’s just Squamish!)
2. I noticed a LOT of shooting stars, which was a pleasant surprise. Had no idea that I was shooting the very start of the Perseid Meteor Shower. So, travelling so far from Vancouver definitely workout out well in THAT regard!
Either way, this was some pretty good practice for some dark sky places I’ll be hitting up later this fall! Yellowstone and Grand Tetons in Wyoming this September, and then in October, Yosemite National Park in California, and the Central Oregon Cascades. Gonna be a TON of amazing projects on the go, so stay tuned!