Yosemite Falls at Night | Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls at Night | Yosemite National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Visualizing the final image is something that I try to do most every time I set up my camera and snap my shutter. I also do it many times over during my many pre-vacation brainstorms on what scenes I’d like to capture. However, throughout my life as a photographer only a few times has everything come together perfectly where a scene is captured in a way that creates a special image.

On our trip to Yosemite National Park, I knew there was going to be a full moon during our stay and I wanted to use that soft reflected light to create directional light in combination with star trails in the sky. Now, before I arrived, I wasn’t sure where the north star was exactly located in the sky compared to the valley or the exact path of the moon compared to it. But, with the help of my good friend (and his app) we were able to determine the north star was somewhat above Yosemite Falls and the path of the full moon would travel in a direction to illuminate the granite wall, giving me an opportunity to capture a special image.

On the night of the full moon the sky was somewhat clear, so I left camp a little prior to midnight to create an image of Yosemite Falls. After setting up my gear in the location I had scouted several days before, I got extremely lucky, as the sky was clear of clouds for nearly an hour during the time my camera was capturing the movement of the stars.

To see how to photograph star trails, click on my Previous Post.

Click on the link to understand where this location is compared to the rest of Yosemite Valley.

Check back again soon to see additional images from Yosemite.

5 Responses

  1. Sara

    Very cool!

    November 1, 2011 at 11:20 am

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  3. jeff

    was this the night you stayed out late? If so, well worth the 20 hours of travel the next day.

    November 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm

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