Tree Rays

Tree Rays

Merced River outside Housekeeping camp, Yosemite National Park.

For the first time ever, I ended up staying at the housekeeping camp in Yosemite National Park. I have previously stayed at the tent city in Curry village – and this was a treat. The housekeeping cabin consisted of three concrete walls, concrete roof, one canvas entrance, beds, and a patio with a fire ring. It was also right next to the Merced river. It was so cold in the night that the two space
heaters we got were life savers.

Waking up in the morning and walking to the Merced is a treat in itself. Add to that the fog burning away, the smell of wood smoke and breakfast cooking at various campfires, the sound of the Merced flowing over the rocks, the muted sounds of humanity waking up…and the sun light streaming through the trees… what a sight! I had to try to photograph and this is what I ended up with.

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 0.6s at f22
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 8, 2011

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Housekeeping Camp

Housekeeping Camp

Merced River outside Housekeeping camp, Yosemite National Park.

For the first time ever, I ended up staying at the housekeeping camp in Yosemite National Park. I have previously stayed at the tent city in Curry village – and this was a treat. The housekeeping cabin consisted of three concrete walls, concrete roof, one canvas entrance, beds, and a patio with a fire ring. It was also right next to the Merced river. It was so cold in the night that the two space
heaters we got were life savers.

I was walking to the Merced to set up for a night shot – to try to stack for star trails (Click here to see what I got). I happened to look back and this is what I saw …Moon light and camplight almost merging all separated by these tall tall trees.

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 10s at f/4.0
Focal Length: 10mm
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5
ISO: 3200
WB: Daylight
Date: October 8, 2011

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Star Trail on Merced

Star Trail on Merced

Merced River outside Housekeeping camp, Yosemite National Park.

For the first time ever, I ended up staying at the housekeeping camp in Yosemite National Park. I have previously stayed at the tent city in Curry village – this was a treat. The housekeeping cabin consisted of three concrete walls, concrete roof, one canvas entrance, beds, and a patio with a fire ring. It was also right next to the Merced river. It was so cold in the night that the two space
heaters we got were life savers.

At night, I went and setup my camera and tripod with an intervelometer menaing to let it run through the night while I sleep happily. However, within about an hour, there was mist and then fog – I bailed out on this plan at this point. This photograph is a stack of the images in about a 50 min span.

Below are some links to tutorials about Star Trails for those interested:
Star Circle Academy star trails – http://blog.starcircleacademy.com/2011/03/star-trail-creation/
Photo extremist – some tricks – http://photoextremist.com/star-trails-tutorial
Another nice tutorial – http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/725769/0

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: Stack of 120s, f4.0 exposures
Focal Length: 12mm
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 8, 2011

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Half Dome and Moon

Half Dome and moon

Half Dome from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park.

I am back from Barcelona – a long two weeks of work and a little vacation. I\’ll have more photos from that trip in a bit. meanwhile, here is one from good old Yosemite.

We were at the Glacier View Point in Yosemite National Park for Sunset. It was very crowded, along with a range program about the history of Yosemite as a National park. He was talking about how the sunsets from Glacier Point are either \”Wow\’ or \”oh..that was all?\”..

Luckily for us we got a very nice sunset, with the sun kissing Half Dome and the snow topped mountains behind it. The moon in the sky was just the right touch.

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1/13s at f/20.0
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
ISO: 400
WB: Daylight
Date: October 8, 2011

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Winter Yosemite Falls at Night

Winter Yosemite Falls at Night
Winter Yosemite Falls at Night, by Suprada on Flickr.

Winter Yosemite Falls at Night, Yosemite National Park, CA.

This is a 45 minute stack of photos taken in March in Yosemite Valley. If you look carefully, you will see that the edges of the Upper Yosemite Falls are frozen. Amazing isn\’t it? This photograph was made by stacking a series on 2minute exposures, taken over 45 minutes starting at 4.00 AM. So towards the last of my shots, it was getting light in the sky. I hope to go shoot a "more frozen" version next year.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: Stack of 2min exposures at f4.5
Focal Length: 17mm
ISO: 400
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Date: March 7, 2010

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