(Part 2: https://www.shacknews.com/cortex/article/389/part-2-of-i-woke-up-insanely-early-to-go-take-pictures-but-it-was-worth-it)
I arrived at Picture Lake (Mt. Baker) around 4:15 AM. It's very clear and cold, about 22F. I bundle up and head out for pictures. I'm the only one there, except for the snow plows doing their thing for the ski area.
To start I take a couple light painting car pictures. I don't do it right, so it's not great. This one the background is out of focus.
4:36 AM. Second picture of the day. 3000x2000
4:44 AM. The snowplows are shining lights on the nearby hills. I think it looks cool. So many stars! 3000x2000
4:52 AM. More lights on the hills. I think that is Mt. Herman. 3000x2000
5:15 AM. That is Picture Lake and Mt. Shuksan. A few months ago I was here and got some fall colors and reflections. 3000x2000
5:54 AM. I'm trying to capture some of the meteor shower, and this is the best I got. That's 3 in a 10 second exposure. Also to the far left is some kind of nebula. 3000x2000
6:56 AM. The Moon and Venus are rising above Mt. Shuksan. Here's one version of an edit. 3000x2000
7:00 AM. Another Moon and Venus above Mt. Shuksan. I like this one better. 3000x2000
7:40 AM. Traffic is coming in for skiing/snowboarding. A couple hours later this road would be filled with parking. Here are two pictures where I use a circular polarizer, it changes the sky color. 3000x2000 (header image) 3000x2000 (below)
8:17 AM. The sun has been hitting the peaks all around for awhile, it's been fun. I do some car photos today. 3000x2000
8:43 AM. The car said it was 20F outside. After awhile the handles got frosted. I like the reflection, too. 3000x2000
8:58 AM. The sun is still rising on various hills and valleys. I call this 'Cabin in the woods'. It's just some building at the ski area. I cropped out the sky. 2000x3000
9:17 AM. I'm up in the parking lot, which is filling up fast. I manage to get a few clean photos before it gets crowded. 3000x2000
9:35 AM. I think my 2 favorite photos came at the end. This is Bagley Lakes cross country skiing. 2000x3000
10:04 AM. Chair 1 - Experts Only. 2000x3000
Dashcam from the way out, around 10:30. https://streamable.com/p1yk3l
That's it. 6 hours is about my limit. I think I got some good photos.