Sometimes, you don’t have to stray too far to find what you’re looking for. After traveling the coast and sharing our journey with you, our Pacific Northwest Escape has come to an end with a stop in our own backyard, where Mother Nature’s beauty is on full display.
We’re Michelle Moree and Hollis Porter, a pair of photographers from Seattle, Washington, and the couple behind The Remote Unknown. We can’t wait to show you how we capped off the final leg of our Pacific Northwest Escape.
After traveling through Washington, Oregon, and California, we made our way back north to our home in Washington state. But we weren’t done. We wanted to capture one final breathtaking shot. Just an hour’s drive northeast of Bellingham sits the Mount Baker ski area. It’s the perfect spot to find incredible picturesque lakes, including our last stop on the trip — Picture Lake. Once you see its beauty, it’s pretty clear how it got its name.
How to Get There
We started our drive from Bellingham in the evening and ended up stopping at a few viewpoints along the way, as the cascades were looking absolutely insane.
There’s a trail by the Picture Lake parking area where you’ll find some short paths that lead to some incredible photo opportunities. On a clear day, you can see Mount Shuksan, which is one of the most photographed peaks on the North American continent.
When to Shoot
We arrived at Picture Lake and waited until the sun started to hit Mount Shuksan, and we witnessed a beautiful alpenglow. If you’re looking for a gorgeous glow and reflection in the lake below, this is definitely prime shooting time.
Luminar AI Editing Tips
We got some really great alpenglow, but because there was so much snow in the shot, we used Luminar AI to change things up. We started with Enhance AI and then played around with the Light sliders.
The sky was quite gray, so we used Sky AI to swap in a new one, then played around with the Mask Refinement sliders so the snowy peaks didn’t blend in with the sky. Luminar AI immediately reflected the new sky in the water, making the image look truly authentic.
Want to mirror what we did? We’ve gathered all the skies from our trip locations and have made them available for download from the Pacific Northwest Escape project page. They’re free to use and are compatible with Luminar AI as well as other photo-editing software.