Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea-level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. On August 11-12, the Perseid meteor shower peaked overnight as Earth passed through the long trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle on a moonless night. With this once in a lifetime opportunity afoot, I made sure to make the proper preparations (equipment, weather check, etc.). After about a 2-hour hike from Mount Rainier's Sunrise Visitor Center, I reached my shooting spot where I set up my camera and tripod at around 12 AM of August 12. After setting up my equipment, I had my camera taking consecutive 30-second exposures at f/4.0 and ISO 3200 from about 12 AM to 3 AM. During post processing, I selected all the shots that had shooting stars in them and layered them on top of each other to create a rain-like effect with the star streaks that captured the beautiful nocturne.
I am currently a high school student living in Seattle, Washington. Ever since I was little, I have always yearned for a way to express myself artistically. I had a difficult time finding a way to convey my creative side, but that all changed during my sophomore year. After visiting my grandparents in China amid the New Year in my second year of high school, my sister and I both received a hong bao (red envelope) of $5,000 - it is a Chinese tradition for elders to give children red envelopes during Chinese New Year. I agonized over how I would spend my money but I ultimately decided to get my first DSLR camera, and ended up falling in love with capturing the feelings and aesthetics of the world through images. My passion for photography has changed the way I view the world. I see photography as a language that anyone can understand and I focus my work on expressing the feelings and stories of people and the beauty of the natural world.