Pinnacles Stars

We wandered in to Pinnacles National Park around 4:30 on a November afternoon– around the time the rest of the parking lot was clearing out–to take some night sky pictures on a new moon night. Although it was a bit cloudier than we would have liked, it was fun to work with the clouds–and the light pollution they reflect–to add a bit more drama to the photos.

I really enjoyed watching the camera’s developing pictures reveal things my eyes couldn’t see–like the yellow glow from far-removed cities, and the Andromeda galaxy in the second to last photo. I also really liked the effect of the stars sparkling through the pine trees.

Met by moonlight

Yosemite Valley on a full-moon night, including Yosemite Falls, Tunnel View, and Half Dome with Nevada and Vernal Falls from Glacier Point. Exposures are 10 – 30 seconds, f 1.8.

Summer in the Sierras

I’ve been lucky enough to make multiple trips to the Sierra Nevadas this summer, including two camping trips in Yosemite and a visit to Bear Valley and Columbia historic gold town.