Mike Mercer @mikemercerphotography

PNW and beyond. All my snaps :)

Mike Mercer photos and videos

3 weeks ago

Bioluminescent waves and the Milky Way. I had low expectations for night photography on this trip due to mostly cloudy skies in the forcast coupled with the often cloudier than predicted weather of the Olympic National Park coastline. Not only did the skies clear when I arrived, but the bioluminescent algae blooms were in rare form making for a surreal seascape and an unforgettable experience. #milkyway #astrophotography #bioluminescence #nightphotography #startrails #olympicnationalpark #pnwwonderland #longexposure #landscape_collection #olympusomd #adventure_culture #photography #earth_expo #earth_pix #ig_masterpiece #igpodium_night #ig_shotz #ig_great_pics #earth_shots #pnw #nationalparkgeek #natgeo #adventurevisuals #earthfocus #ig_shutterbugs #superphoto_longexpo #pnwphotographer #2nd #newmilkyway

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last month

Wildflower to Milkyway Pano at Tipsoo Lake : ) . . . sky: F 1.4. ISO 5000. 10 sec. 9 shots blended for noise reduction flowers: short exposure bursts with low level LED due to wind Landscape: F 1.4. ISO 200. 8 Minutes. . . . #milkyway #astrophotography #nightphotography #startrails #mountrainier #mtrainier #pnwwonderland #longexposure #landscape_collection #olympusomd #adventure_culture #photography #earth_expo #earth_pix #ig_masterpiece #igpodium_night #ig_shotz #ig_great_pics #tipsoolake #pnw #picoftheday #nationalparkgeek #natgeo #adventurevisuals #earthfocus #ig_shutterbugs #superphoto_longexpo #pnwphotographer #volcano #newmilkyway

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June 2019

The Feathers of Eastern Washington. Night 3 of the chase... . . . 3 shot mini pano blend from Thursday night - wildflowers shot with low level lighting at F2 IS0 200 and "the feathers" are a shot blend 9 images stacked for the noise reduction or the milky way and 1 shot of the rocks at ISO 200 for 10 minutes . . . #thegreatmilkywaychase #milkyway #astrophotography #nightphotography #startrails #easternwa #wildflowers #pnwwonderland #longexposure #landscape_collection #olympusomd #adventure_culture #photography #earth_expo #earth_pix #ig_masterpiece #igpodium_night #ig_shotz #ig_great_pics #earth_shots #pnw #picoftheday #nationalparkgeek #natgeo #adventurevisuals #earthfocus #ig_shutterbugs #superphoto_longexpo #desert #newmilkyway

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June 2019

Revisiting old places and gaining a new perspective is always a rewarding endeavor that is easily forgotten but is something I am relearning during #thegreatmilkywaychase It's easy to be picky and always want to search out the new and exciting, but the longer I do this, finding new places within my radius is a challenge - especially on work nights where I am heading back the same evening. Sometimes, there is so much more right in front of me if I just dig a little deeper, walk around just one more bend, go left instead of right or simply frame something in a different perspective. It's easy to be a creature of habit, but the most creative things often come from a slight shift from the norm 😊 I recently heard someone say we "make pictures," not take them. This is a 2nd composition from Monday night at Snoqaulmie Pass, WA. Plenty more to come... #milkyway #astrophotography #nightphotography #startrails #washington #pnwwonderland #longexposure #landscape_collection #olympusomd #adventure_culture #photography #earth_expo #earth_pix #ig_masterpiece #igpodium_night #ig_shotz #ig_great_pics #earth_shots #pnw #picoftheday #nationalparkgeek #natgeo #adventurevisuals #earthfocus #ig_shutterbugs #superphoto_longexpo #pnwphotographer #snoqualmiepass #newmilkyway

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June 2019

#thegreatmilkywaychase is a little challenge in the night sky photography community to shoot the milky way as many nights as possible between 6/21 and 7/13 - the longest stretch of consecutive days it can be viewed. NO WAY I will hit every night as I already got an late start + work obligations + fickle PNW weather, but it's a great excuse for me to get out there in less than perfect conditions and enjoy the wild night. This is my first shot from 6/25 up at Snoqualmie Pass. The sky is 9 shots at ISO 6400 stacked for NR and the foreground is 1 ISO 200 @ 8 min and 1 shot of the island illuminated via headlamp. There is a lot going on here so feel free to zoom in as the little screen doesn't quite do it justice. #milkyway #astrophotography #nightphotography #startrails #waterfalls #washington #pnwwonderland #longexposure #landscape_collection #olympusomd #adventure_culture #photography #earth_expo #earth_pix #ig_masterpiece #igpodium_night #ig_shotz #ig_great_pics #earth_shots #pnw #picoftheday #nationalparkgeek #natgeo #adventurevisuals #earthfocus #ig_shutterbugs #superphoto_longexpo #pnwphotographer #newmilkyway

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June 2019

One of my favorite views of Mount Rainier. This shot was around 2 hrs with broken clouds and the first light chopping up and the sky a bit as well as fogging up the mountain a tad. The mountain and foreground are lit by the setting moon and the car lights are my own 😁. Shot on an Olympus Em10 M III at ISO 200 using Live Composite For the star trials.

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June 2019

This amazing loop in the road is often photographed but it's only a small part of the breathtaking beauty of the scene. The clouds never parted to capture the entire Milky Way, but I hope this panorama does a little more justice to what you are in for when you visit! . . . Olympus Omd Em1 II. 7.5mm. Blend of high ISO and low ISO images from 15 sec to 5 Minutes. About 20 shots (probably more than needed ) stitched in Photoshop. . . . #milkyway #astrophotography #pano #panorama #nightphotography #startrails #pnwwonderland #longexposure #landscape_collection #olympusomd #adventure_culture #photography #earth_expo #earth_pix #ig_masterpiece #igpodium_night #ig_shotz #ig_great_pics #earth_shots #pnw #picoftheday #nationalparkgeek #natgeo #adventurevisuals #earthfocus #ig_shutterbugs #superphoto_longexpo #oregonexplored #columbiarivergorge #newmilkyway

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June 2019

One of my favorite places. Mt. Saint Helens National Monument is a testament to the rescilliance of nature. This shot is one of 3 compositions I will be sharing from Monday's new moon. This was taken with an OMD EM10 Mark 3 which I am continually impressed with given it being the entry level camera of the OMD line. This is a blended composition taken at F1.7 with a Lumix 20mm Prime. The Milky Way is a 9 shots stacked for noise reduction at ISO 6400 with 15 second exposures and the foreground and mountain is a 10 minute exposure at ISO 200. . . . . #milkyway #astrophotography #nightphotography #startrails #mountsainthelens #mtsainthelens #pnwwonderland #longexposure #landscape_collection #olympusomd #adventure_culture #photography #earth_expo #earth_pix #ig_masterpiece #igpodium_night #ig_shotz #ig_great_pics #earth_shots #pnw #picoftheday #nationalparkgeek #natgeo #adventurevisuals #earthfocus #ig_shutterbugs #superphoto_longexpo #pnwphotographer #volcano #newmilkyway

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May 2019

A distant fishing boat illuminating the "Hole in the Wall" at Rialto Beach. It was quite the night : ) . . . 7 images stacked for noise reduction at ISO 3200, exp 15 sec, F2 blended with 1 foreground photo at ISO 200, exp 8 minutes. . . . #milkyway #astrophotography #nightphotography #startrails #olympicnationalpark #pnwwonderland #longexposure #landscape_collection #olympusomd #adventure_culture #photography #earth_expo #earth_pix #ig_masterpiece #igpodium_night #ig_shotz #ig_great_pics #earth_shots #pnw #seastacks #nationalparkgeek #natgeo #adventurevisuals #earthfocus #ig_shutterbugs #superphoto_longexpo #pnwphotographer #rialtobeach #newmilkyway #arches

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May 2019

Time lapse of the Milky Way over Rialto Beach at Olympic National Park! I love how the brightness of the galaxy can be seen in the water and changes the shadows of the sea stack. This is about 600 shots over 4hrs using an Olympus Omd E-M10 M3. . . . #milkyway #astrophotography #timelapse #nightphotography #startrails #olympicnationalpark #pnwwonderland #longexposure #landscape_collection #olympusomd #adventure_culture #photography #earth_expo #earth_pix #ig_masterpiece #igpodium_night #ig_shotz #ig_great_pics #earth_shots #pnw #seastacks #nationalparkgeek #natgeo #adventurevisuals #earthfocus #ig_shutterbugs #superphoto_longexpo #rialtobeach #newmilkyway #photographerfocus

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May 2019

The Wild Washington Coast from inside a sea arch at Olympic National Park. I've had this shot on my mind for some time, but finding a day off with a clear, moonless sky on an evening with a southern Milky Way and a tide low enough to access the arch was not an easy task! I'm not going to lie, it was pretty magical. Oh and watch for falling rocks..the hazard is real as these formations are battered by the relentless waves on a daily basis.  Oh and don't get too excited and fall in a tide pool like I did 😂 . . Blended shot with 9 snaps of the Milky Way at ISO 3200, exp 15 sec, F2 stacked for noise reduction and an 8 minute exposure at IS0 400 + some low level light painting . . . #milkyway #astrophotography #nightphotography #startrails #olympicnationalpark #pnwwonderland #longexposure #landscape_collection #olympusomd #adventure_culture #photography #earth_expo #earth_pix #ig_masterpiece #igpodium_night #ig_shotz #ig_great_pics #earth_shots #pnw #seastacks #nationalparkgeek #natgeo #adventurevisuals #earthfocus #ig_shutterbugs #superphoto_longexpo #pnwphotographer #rialtobeach #newmilkyway #arches

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March 2019

It's hard to follow up my last few posts but a little Milky Way landscape of dreamy Nevada nights never hurt anyone 😁... Sky is 9 images stacked for noise reduction at F2, 15 sec, ISO 8000 and foreground is about 8 minutes F2 ISO 200 . . . . #milkyway #astrophotography #nightphotography #startrails #valleyoffire #visitnevada #longexposure #landscape_collection #olympusomd #adventure_culture #photography #earth_expo #earth_pix #ig_masterpiece #igpodium_night #ig_shotz #ig_great_pics #earth_shots #nights_dreamworld #night_captures #nationalparkgeek #natgeo #adventurevisuals #earthfocus #ig_shutterbugs #superphoto_longexpo #pnwphotographer #travelnevada #newmilkyway #canyons

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