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Under The Stars | by Koveh Photography
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Under The Stars

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I just got back from spending a couple days in the eastern Sierras with my good friend Jared Atencio. As usual, the weather gods had it out against me. It seems every time I plan a photography trip, I am treated to the spectacular conditions of clear blue skies. When I say clear blue skies I truly mean it, we did not see a single cloud in the entire sky for the entire duration of the trip. Fortunately the clear sky conditions make for great night photography opportunities, and taking advantage of these opportunities can save a trip from complete disaster.


We arrived into Yosemite National Park at around 1am after a long day for both of us. Jared had to work and I was helping my dad unpack a truck all day. Instead of sleeping though, we immediately set out to look for some good night photography opportunities. After checking out some of the options, we ended up at this beautiful lake. The water was almost perfectly still on the entire lake, which was amazing to see. The Milky Way was out, and the moon was still behind the peaks.


We spent a couple hours capturing some night photos at this location, then finally called it a night at 3:30AM. We woke up for a sunrise shoot at 5AM, so there was not a whole lot of sleep involved. I did manage to capture a few nice reflection shots at the calm lake though, so I was pretty happy about that.


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Tech Info:



Canon 5D mark II

Canon 16-35L lens @21mm

30 sec @ F2.8

ISO 1600

RAW file processed in Lightroom 3

TIFF file processed with Photoshop CS4



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Taken on June 24, 2011