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An Evening on Sentinel Dome

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 31 May 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

I have made many images atop Yosemite's Sentinel Dome using this Jeffrey Pine as a foreground element. When a group of us decided to try star trail photography, this pine once again figured into my shot but this time as a graphic silhouetted element.

The real work came in post production as it took me close to an hour to touch out the multitude of jet streaks recorded during the 24 minute exposure as planes on flightpath for the Bay Area littered the night sky. I have two other images I really like from this shoot but will process them another day (one is enough)!

Looking back, I have to say the real enjoyment came not so much from the photography, but from spending an evening with friends and other photography enthusiasts atop an 8,000 foot dome, above arguably some of the most incredible scenery in the world, joking and laughing (and trying to calculate exposures), and essentially just taking in the moment. We were the only ones there. Not many nature lovers would hang out on this dome to well past 11:00pm in the cold wind. But the opportunity our camera allows and the places it leads us is always cause for amazement!

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1453 second F/2.8 ISO 400 19 mm

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Starlight by Jason Kravitz

Night by Akbar&Armaghan