Seattle Times reader Yoshiki Nakamura’s nighttime photo of an Eastern Washington waterfall by starlight.

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Photographer: Yoshiki Nakamura, Seattle Photo taken: May 31, Palouse Falls State Park, Franklin County Photographer’s description: “On the way back from a Palouse photo trip, I stopped by Palouse Falls. At the time I arrived it was cloudy but by 11 p.m. it started clearing and was completely clear by 1 a.m. (With no moon showing) it was very dark and … a high-CRI LED was used to light the falls area. 14-mm, ISO 2500, 30 seconds at f/2.8.” Katie’s critique: “This photograph beautifully captures Palouse Falls. The photographer did a great job in thinking to light-paint and highlight certain features, adding depth to what could have been a dark photo even with the long exposure. Great job balancing the artificial light with the long exposure so as to capture the Milky Way and movement in the water. Stunning image!” Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at We judge the year’s best and award a $250 gift card and other prizes every December. Below is a gallery including past Reader’s Lens picks.

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