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Moonless Night, Yosemite High Country

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 22 May 2013 in Landscape & Rural.

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At this time of year in California, we begin a stretch of relentless blank-blue sky days. One of the more enjoyable ways to mitigate this rather boring light is to photograph at night. I find that many amateurs think night photography must involve a full moon, but this is not always the case. Certainly, having a moon up helps us in many ways; most notably, finding something to focus on and composing the scene (tough to do when you can't see anything)!

Yet, I find this challenge inviting, and the resulting images rather magical. Moonless nights mean the only illumination of the landscape comes from the stars and planets. Whereas our cones (color transmitters) shut down under this type of illumination, we are completely dependent on the rods (black-and-white transmitters) in our eyes to transmit any sense of what is in front of us.

For tips to help improve your moonless night photography, please read my latest blog: No Moon? No Worries - Shoot Away!

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV 42 seconds F/2.8 ISO 6400 15 mm

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