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Milky Way at Dawn in Yosemite Valley | by Gregg L Cooper
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Milky Way at Dawn in Yosemite Valley

Last weekend my wife and I spent some great time with a large group of flickr friends at Yosemite National Park. It was a unique experience photographing Yosemite during all hours of the day and night, but it was also unique spending time behind the cameras with a group of folks I normally see in another “Park”…


The original reason for going last weekend was to catch Horsetail Falls during a small window of opportunity as the setting sun illuminates the falling waters into a lava-like appearance during two weeks in February each year. While the flaming water was a spectacular sight, the night skies at Yosemite were just breathtaking…


I think I might be last to the party in posting the first images from our trip. This scene was shot at 5:00 A.M. after a night of chasing the stars around until midnight. I was so amped at a chance to catch the Milky Way before dawn; I did not sleep at all before the alarm went off at 4:15 A.M…After hooking up with Dan and Patti Richmond we were off to meet the others at Valley View and the Tunnel View for some sunrise pics. We stopped at Valley View and I was astonished that I actually caught the Milky Way on my camera along with the rising dawn in the east. Having never attempted it, I was really glad that I had read a few techniques on the subject before we left.


Please visit the photostreams of the rest of our group to see more from our Yosemite trip: Ryan Pastorino, Corey Dorsey, Todd Hurley, Tom Bricker, Patti Richmond, Don Sullivan, Jeff Krause and William McIntosh.


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Taken on February 15, 2013