Dakota Coburn🌲Vancouver Island

Dakota Coburn🌲Vancouver Island
Dakota Coburn🌲Vancouver Island

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Dakota Coburn🌲Vancouver Island

While running for our lives down steep scree slopes, I came to the realization that the mountains in the Rockies really aren’t the same as the ones back at home…I’ve never had to deal with fork lightning. On Canada Day, Curren and I decided to hike up a 3100m Mt. just outside of Canmore. As we popped out into the sub alpine and the world around us opened up, we had a “high like”feeling from the visceral and humbling experience from being on a big mountain. As we carried on, we entered into the true alpine region. Making our way through the scree littered with fossils, large clouds appeared just above the summit. Knowing there was a forecast for lightning at around 7pm we expected to have a few hours grace period to climb the summit. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, as only a few minutes away from the top we saw a bolt of lightning rip across the sky just above the summit. Me, being slightly naive about lightning, I asked Curren if this means we gotta bail out. He quickly responded with “Yup and run!” We covered as much ground in 45 minutes coming down as we climbed in a few hours (with a quickly stop saying hi to our furry friend). With all this being said, it left me disappointed as I wasn’t able to bag my first 3000m peak and I was completely exhausted. Later that night at a Canada day party I was barely able to keep my eyes open😂 The whole experience left me wanting more, and that’s exactly what I plan to do in a few days.

I can’t believe how lucky I was to witness noctilucent clouds while at Mount Robson. Noctilucent clouds (NLC) are a rare cloud like phenomena that only form during the summer and are usually only visible on latitudes between 50° and 70° northern hemisphere (sorry to everyone in the southern hemisphere there isn’t much land at those latitudes). Due to their rarity, not a lot is know about them. Scientists believe they are ice crystals forming around dust particles from meteors in the upper atmosphere (76 to 85 km). It also doesn’t help that NLCs are only visible about an hour and half to 2 hours after or before sunset/sunrise aka the sun has to be 6° below the horizon. All this being said, it was well worth sitting outside getting eaten alive by the neighbouring mosquitoes😅

Dakota Coburn🌲Vancouver Island

I can’t believe how lucky I was to witness noctilucent clouds while at Mount Robson. Noctilucent clouds (NLC) are a rare cloud like phenomena that only form during the summer and are usually only visible on latitudes between 50° and 70° northern hemisphere (sorry to everyone in the southern hemisphere there isn’t much land at those latitudes). Due to their rarity, not a lot is know about them. Scientists believe they are ice crystals forming around dust particles from meteors in the upper atmosphere (76 to 85 km). It also doesn’t help that NLCs are only visible about an hour and half to 2 hours after or before sunset/sunrise aka the sun has to be 6° below the horizon. All this being said, it was well worth sitting outside getting eaten alive by the neighbouring mosquitoes😅

I blended 3 images together for this photo. For the first, I focus for the Milky Way And did a 15 second exposure. 15 seconds is the longest I can expose for without the stars blurring at 17mm (lens focal length). The next two images I progressively brought the focus in, setting the exposure for 30 seconds adding more detail in the foreground. Camera talk😁

Dakota Coburn🌲Vancouver Island

I blended 3 images together for this photo. For the first, I focus for the Milky Way And did a 15 second exposure. 15 seconds is the longest I can expose for without the stars blurring at 17mm (lens focal length). The next two images I progressively brought the focus in, setting the exposure for 30 seconds adding more detail in the foreground. Camera talk😁

Dakota Coburn🌲Vancouver Island

Took awhile to find pictures that actually worked😅 the ones that worked the best needed a really strong foreground element.

Well, on the way out to take this photo, @john.fernando27 and myself saw a cougar for the first time. We saw something running across the road and for a split second I thought It was a massive dog. Then, I recognize the brownish red coat with a long thick tail trailing behind it. We quickly pulled over and I jumped out of the car with my camera in hand to see where it went. It was a wide open field with a single tree, At first I couldn’t see it and was bummed out until it dawned on me... that it would have climbed the tree that I was standing underneath😬🙀 the thought of an apex predator watching my every move and with a high ground advantage made goosebumps run down my spine.. that’s when I b-lined it to back to the car.

And now for the camera nerd stuff🥸
The yellow light coming from the center of the frame is light pollution from Victoria. Typically, I try to avoid light pollution but for this image it really adds depth to it. 

Sony #a7riv & #tamron1728 
15 sec at f2.8, iso 10000
17mm

Dakota Coburn🌲Vancouver Island

Well, on the way out to take this photo, @john.fernando27 and myself saw a cougar for the first time. We saw something running across the road and for a split second I thought It was a massive dog. Then, I recognize the brownish red coat with a long thick tail trailing behind it. We quickly pulled over and I jumped out of the car with my camera in hand to see where it went. It was a wide open field with a single tree, At first I couldn’t see it and was bummed out until it dawned on me... that it would have climbed the tree that I was standing underneath😬🙀 the thought of an apex predator watching my every move and with a high ground advantage made goosebumps run down my spine.. that’s when I b-lined it to back to the car. And now for the camera nerd stuff🥸 The yellow light coming from the center of the frame is light pollution from Victoria. Typically, I try to avoid light pollution but for this image it really adds depth to it. Sony #a7riv & #tamron1728 15 sec at f2.8, iso 10000 17mm

Dakota Coburn🌲Vancouver Island

New video up! 🎥 I’ve been planning this photo for about a year now, I was hoping to catch it with all the peaks covered in snow but hey there’s next year. Two weeks ago I climbed up to the second lake at a local mountain! Had blue bird sky’s going up the trail on the 1st day. It was pretty magnificent climbing along the waterfalls, with the flow being pretty intense. There still was a few meters of snow at the first lake, but a few puddles were forming along the edges. It was actually easier climbing up to the 2nd lake in the snow than it normally is in the summer, the bush whack up is a bit annoying. Near the end of the day, I had some interesting looking clouds roll in. The weather turned to snot on the 2nd day as I was expecting.. I woke up in the middle of a cloud, and had some high winds and didn’t have any sort of view. As I made it out of the clouds, that’s when the rain really started to pick up. But over all a great trip!

Dakota Coburn🌲Vancouver Island

I woke up at 5am to shoot the sunrise and discovered there was nothing but clouds surrounding me and only enough visibility to see a few meters in front of my tent. After attempting to wait out the cloud coverage for 7 hours (my tent blew over), I’d had enough and started to make my way down the mountain. When I dropped a couple hundred meters, I reached the bottom of the clouds, giving me a view of the valley below.

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