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Yosemite Nightphotography at May Lake (1night with camping)

  • Jul 27, 2013 · 4:15 PM
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READ the event description before signing up!
Also read these pages if you haven't done so already since you joined the group:

This event is about:
Take pictures of Sunset, Milky Way, Startrails, (Meteor Shower) at a scenic location in Yosemite.This is a one night event with camping. Hiking to shooting location is required, up to 2.5miles (one way) with elevation gain of 800ft. This is also high elevation, above 9000ft!

Event Host:

Event RSVP/waitinglist, lottery, attendance, limit, costs etc:
The waitinglist and lottery is to give everyone that signs up for this event a fair chance to be selected and able to attend because space is limited and this is a special event.
This event is limited to 8. A lottery was held. Everyone on the waiting list will be in the pool for the lottery. People with the most recent no-shows or who have proved troublesome to deal with will get the lowest priority at the selection process.

There will be a cost of $7 (incl. PayPal fees) per person to cover the costs of the permit (the area is wilderness and night access/camping is only allowed with permit). There are no additional fees for camping and no camping reservation required for that night.
This fee needs to be paid by the attendee within 2 days after RSVP has been changed to Yes (you'll get a notification with payment information). Refunds (minus PayPal fee) when you cancel only when your spot can be filled by someone else!

Accommodation suggestions before/after event:
With the wilderness permit everyone in the group is authorized to stay at the backpackers campground one night before and after the event if you want to (White Wolf, North pines, Tuolumne Meadows, Hetch Hetchy).
For the backpackers campground is no reservation required and won't be full.
It costs $5 per person and night to be paid in cash at the campground. Rangers may ask for the wilderness permit number (I'll give you that number after you paid the wilderness permit fee).
Other suggestions, read here:

required  (after you've been selected):
- preparation hike before the event of equal or more length and elevation gain with all equipment you'll carry at the event
- complete Emergency Contact Form and return it to the event
- complete a Waiver of Liability and return it to the event host
- camera with wide angle lens (with effective focal length of 24mm or less) + standard zoom lens
- for taking Milky Way pictures you need a camera that handles ISO 2000 well (or acceptable for you)
- 1-2 spare charged camera batteries or battery grip or external power source
- sturdy/solid tripod where nothing wiggles or is lose
- for taking star trails you need an intervalometer which can be one integrated in the camera (max 30s shutter speed) or external intervalometer
- red light! (or flash light that can be switched to red light) + spare battery and/or spare light
- comfy and warm hiking shoes, warm layered clothing, knit hat, light gloves, heavy socks : from day to night temperatures will drop up to 45°F
- water at least 32 fl oz
- camping gear
- more about backpacking and what to pack here, although this is not a full/far away backpack trip:

recommended to bring:
- insect repellent, itch relief
- 2nd camera with wide angle lens (if you want to take startrails and Milky Way pictures at the same time)
- mat/pad to sit or knee on
- extra socks
- snacks
- energy drink if you need it ...

July 27th:

Sunrise: 5:58am Sunset: 8:09pm
Moonrise (illumination 64%): 11:10pm 
Civil 5:27am  8:40pm
Nautical: 4:51am 9:16pm
Astron': 4:12am  9:55pm
Milky Way: visible from around 9:40pm until around 11:30pm
Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower: midnight/ past midnight, because moon is up you wont see weak meteors

Location (MayLake):
- at 9350ft elevation
- has backpacker campground, drinking water and restroom (no charge)
- time required to hike back from lake to trailhead around 45min 

Carpooling strongly recommended
Parking in the park is free. But there is a National Park fee per vehicle of $20 (valid for a week).

Q&A about night photography:
If you want to do star trails and haven't done it yet you may want to read up on that, there are also plenty other blogs/articles about that on the Internet.

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  • Laura Northrup P.

    Thanks to Enrico for organizing another wonderful event!

    August 5, 2013

  • Patrick C.

    Had a great time. Great group of people!

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Eric L.

    Had a great time!

    July 28, 2013

  • Enrico

    Everyone leaving on Saturday. There will be a lot of traffic in Yosemite so please calculate enough time to get to the trailhead.

    usually it takes around an hour to get from the Hwy120 West entrance to May Lake but on Saturday it may take half an hour to just get through the the entrance.

    1 · July 26, 2013

    • Laura Northrup P.

      How much extra time do you suggest? Is one extra hour enough?

      July 26, 2013

    • Enrico

      An hour more than what you usually need to get there should be enough. But I cannot predict how the traffic will be. If you are there way too early you can kill some time hanging out at Olmsted Point or Tenaya Lake.

      July 26, 2013

  • Jason J.

    This sounds awesome I hope I get a chance to take part in this

    July 20, 2013

    • Enrico

      If you would pay/respond to my email then yes.

      1 · July 24, 2013

    • Enrico

      I guess you weren't that interested.

      July 26, 2013

  • Karunakar N.

    Sorry I had to cancel this as some other work came up. I really want to do this but probably next time

    July 18, 2013

  • Hao C.

    Anyone interested in carpool? I am in North San Jose.

    1 · July 9, 2013

    • Hao C.

      Hi Ajay, cool. We can departure at Saturday. Let wait to see if Karun want to join us

      July 10, 2013

    • Karunakar N.

      Hi Hao, I will join you guys. What car you are driving

      July 10, 2013

  • Patrick C.

    I am interested. I'm in Alameda.

    1 · July 9, 2013

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