An Evening in Yosemite National Park

I was in Yosemite National Park last weekend and had a chance to venture out for an evening of night sky photography. The moon was a little more full than I like for night sky shots but the light was still pretty amazing. Once my eyes were adapted to the moon light there was no need for a headlamp the rest of the evening. There had been several reports of bears in the areas I was shooting so I was a little wigged out being alone, in the dark, in the woods on the valley floor. Thankfully I didn’t come across any of the bears. These three shots are all multi-image panoramics and mosaics ranging from five to 24 shots. All the shots were 30 seconds, f/4, ISO800 with my D3 and various focal length lenses. My intervelometer was broken so I couldn’t easily do any shots over 30 seconds. The moon was so bright that I could have stopped down to f/6.3 to f/8, dropped the ISO to 200-400 and let the shutter run for a few minutes but I only had a short amount of time so I had to work really fast.