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Star Trails and El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California  2006 | by john oconnor
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Star Trails and El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2006

This was at some un-godly hour in the morning. I had just gotten into the park and decided to get some star trails over El Capitan. El Cap was being lit up by a crescent moon, I really didn't think that it would light up this much but I was pleasantly surprised. I also didn't realize that I had the North Star in my frame until the image popped up on my LCD, pleasant surprise #2. The red streaks are tail lights from an old bus. You can also see the early dawn light just beginning to creep up in the bottom right.

 

10 minute exposure, wide open.

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Taken on December 14, 2006