This was my first attempt at a long exposure of the team grooming some of our slopes at night. The slope illumination came from the almost full moon veiled behind a thin layer of cloud. There was no wind. The exposure time was just shy of 14 minutes.
I'll continue to try to improve this type of shot - first item to work on will need to be to find a way to tone down the glare from the cat's lights (I had to hit the light trail pretty hard in Photoshop to bring out the streaks even as much as I did). Second will be finding runs where the cats can stay in line without needing to break formation to do a crossover or pick up a berm or whatnot (the last cat in this shot had to jump into the center to clean something up and thus muddied the streak lines). Third will be finding a run where I can set up my tripod and get the run and some sort of foreground/background element into the shot. And lastly, but certainly not least is finding a night where my positioning, our workload and the weather all comes together to make the above happen. Yikes, that's a lot of stuff to pull together...
Location: Outer and Inner Limits, Mt. Hood Meadows ski area, Oregon
Lens used: 10-22mm f3.5-4.5
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