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Keywords:Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, North Cascades, North Cascades National Park, Picture Lake, Supermoon
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[ SHUKSAN SUPERMOON ]  - Mt. Shuksan, North Cascades National Park, WA USA

[ SHUKSAN SUPERMOON ] - Mt. Shuksan, North Cascades National Park, WA USA

Available as a Fine Art Paper Print, Metal Print with Float Mount, Fine Art Giclée Canvas or a 1/8" Face Mount Acrylic with DiBond backing

This was a planned shoot of the Supermoon, June 24, 2013.

A Supermoon is defined as a Full moon, while in elliptical orbit, making its most proximate approach to the earth, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from earth.

Using The Photographers Ephemeris (TPE), I calculated the precise time and location of the moonrise in relation to my static subject, Mt. Shuksan. More times than not, in a planned shoot, mother nature throws a number of obstacles intended (or so it seems) to impede the chances of coming away with a successful image. Auspiciously, this was not one of those times.

I drove 4 hours to Picture Lake, one of the most photographed locations in Washington State. Picture Lake sits at an elevation of 4,200 feet and temperatures remain cold enough for snow to be present through the better part of July.

I located the precise area of the lake where I needed to setup for my shot, waited for 9:47 pm (projected time of the moonrise) and hoped there would be enough light to cast a reflection of Mt. Shuksan in the partially iced over water of Picture Lake.

As the moon became visible, I was in awe at the amount of light it cast on the apex of Mt. Shuksan. I found myself perfectly positioned to catch both the reflection of the mountain and the reflection of the moon.

Everything converged that magical night and I walked away with an image that will always hold significant meaning for me.