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upper falls startrails & moonbow 1 | by roswell433
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upper falls startrails & moonbow 1

We had one night left of our 4 night Yosemite "moonbow" expedition and startrails were on our mind, with an added bonus of a moonbow if the stars and the moon align, figuratively speaking.

Night 1 we shot the lower falls from the bridge. We arrived 2 hours early, scoped out our spots along the rail and set up our cameras. It was cold and wet, but we stood our ground keeping our cameras dry with homemade rain coats and shooting practice shots. Within a few minutes of the moonbows predicted showtime the masses showed up, crowding in front of us, sitting on our feet, bumping into our tripods, standing up in front of our lenses... Not a pleasant experience.

We passed on night 2 after the crowded experience of night 1. Night 3 we did the upper falls from Cooke's Meadow. Although there was a bigger crowd due to the "Super Moon" prediction it was a much better experience as we didn't have to shoot from such a confined area.

Night 4 we were almost alone. Two and a half hours of 30 second exposures resulted in 269 shots stacked in Starstax software. Fortunately, the moonbow did show up at the predicted time of 11:45 pm, so we were able to combine our startrails and moonbow into a single stack...

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Taken on May 8, 2012