STS Vlog #2 – Astrophotography

Escaping the City for Extraterrestrial Timelapsing.

by Taylor Eisele
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Stars fill the night sky. Photo by Tim Jacks

Every year around this time, Portland is usually in the midst of a cold, wet autumn, waiting for the first (and hopefully only) snows to fall. This year, however, the skies have been particularly clear. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s still super cold and fairly miserable (and the winds have been slamming our neighborhood more than Ive ever experienced; sustained at 15+mph for days at a time), but it’s given us a gift we usually don’t see this time of year:


Between the clouds and light pollution, the stars often get lost in the gloomy haze that is our night sky. This year is different, at least for now. Because of that, I’ve spent a majority of days over the last week outside with a camera. In most cases, I live far enough out of the city to get an okay shot of celestial bodies from my back yard, as seen in the video below.

However, nothing beats trekking out into the hills to be alone with the night. When you’re out in the farmlands that surround most urban Oregon cities, the heavens open up and you can get some, dare I say it, stellar shots… That was the case this last weekend, as the STS crew had the chance to head east into the hills with our good friend Nathan.

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Treetops and light pollution. Photo by Tim Jacks

We followed the historic Highway 30 from Troutdale and ventured down some back roads on the north side of Oxbow Park. Eventually, to everyones surprise, the thick line of trees guiding us down the highway broke abruptly, opening into a vast field of baby Christmas trees and other shrubbery. It was there in a patch of gravel that we pulled over and set up shot.

And wow, was it cold.  Despite the freezing fingers and foggy glasses, we rigged up a motorized slider, 3 cameras on timelapse, and managed to take some long exposure photographs too.

Check out the whole trip here in our latest vlog. We’re experimenting more with filming behind the scenes and creating more personal content, like vlogs. It’s a work in progress, and we’d love to hear what you think about the stuff we are making, and if there is anything you’d like to see from us!

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Landscape & Stars. Photo by Tim Jacks

As always, we had a blast getting outside to do what we love; taking photos and video! To top it all off, we got to hang out with Nathan and get creative which is always a good time.

I can’t wait to do it again!

Let us know what you think of the video! And if you’ve got any astrophotography tips, tricks or just wanna talk shop, send it our way. Tim and I are always looking to improve what we do.

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