Of all the places I’ve been, Yosemite, thus far, has been the most stunning. The pure scale is something that cannot be captured in photos and thus cannot be fully appreciated until you have visited. For this particular shot the moon was only at 4% and had not yet risen anyway so the stars were just stunning. On the flip side no moon meant there was no point waiting around for it to rise and illuminate the rocks and trees. I ended up doing the best I could with a very high ISO of 12800, taking several shots and doing some median blending to help clean it up a bit. Considering I did not plan my trip to California specifically for shooting Yosemite I’m more than pleased with what I came away with.
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