Monday, October 4, 2010

Into the Black

After a long day in Yosemite Valley, we were trying to get back to our accommodations when we ran into the ever present traffic stoppage for road repairs. These stoppages would average at least a half hour. As soon as you were stopped, the tradition would be to get out of your car and visit with the other motorists who were stopped with you. We met a lot of people this way.

On this evening, we pulled into a scenic overlook and watched the last light of day play itself out over Yosemite Valley. As I turned to get back into the car, I noticed the moon rapidly setting over the western mountains. I hurriedly changed lenses and composed a shot. This is one of only four shots that I made before the moon set below the mountains.

Watching the moon set was a fantastic, near mystical experience. While I had been photographing the dusk over the Yosemite Valley, the pace car had come back and led all of the motorists into the mountains. This left Brenda and I in perfect peace to enjoy the evening. Seeing the moonset was an unexpected thrill and the perfect way to end the day.

In order to make this image, I chose to use my Tamron 200-500mm lens. I usually reserve this lens for wildlife, but in this case it was the perfect choice for magnifying the moon. Camera Settings: f22 1.6 seconds.

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