I went hiking up to Skyline Divide last night. It has a fabulous view of the north side of Mount Baker. I left from the trail head at about 10:30pm and got to the ridge line at about 11:30pm. The moon set at 1:00am. I brought my camera to do some star photos. It was surprisingly warm and I could have easily camped up there had I brought a tent and I probably should have since the trail is three hours from my apartment and I effectively did not sleep last night.
This is my first real attempt at star photos and this is what I got from it. Unfortunately, Bellingham is surprisingly close to Mount Baker so there was plenty of extra light coming from behind me and I think that might have impacted the quality. You can also see the light from Everett and Seattle behind Mount Baker which is also disappointing.
One crucial thing that I also learned is to pay attention to the markings for infinity when setting focus. Infinity is at different points depending on the focal length and your photo will look like shit if you forget this. For the star trails you can see that I only ran it for like twenty minutes. I ran another one for a full hour but it was super overexposed from all of the ambient light. I mean, it looked okay but it was practically daylight in the photo and the southeasternly direction of the photo makes the stars not rotate around anything in particular. I'm also shit at post processing so I don't really like any of these.
If you want to know how to post photos to Instagram from your desktop rather than your phone, open Instagram in Safari, enable the Develop menu and change your User Agent to "Safari - iPhone". That you have to do this is so very stupid.