Yosemite at moonlight (1night)

  • May 5, 2012 · 9:00 PM
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Star trails, Mountains lit up by moonlight, MoonBow and whatever you want to take a picture of in Yosemite (MilkyWay won't be visible).This is a one night event.

Event RSVP, attendance and limit:

A lottery has been held. If someone changes status from YEs to No the spot will be filled with one from the waiting list until Wednesday when the RSVP closes.
Prior No Shows are excluded from selection
We are tracking no Shows for this event. Guests are not permitted.
If you change to a "NO" status less than 3 days prior to the event you are counted as a No-Show.  (i.e. after May 2nd , 8:30 PM)

Meetingpoint on Saturday May 5th around 9:00pm:
Long parking area with view at El Capitan (when you enter the valley you drive straight and not turn right to Bridalveil, from this intersection it is around 1500ft).

Accommodation suggestions:
+ various hotels/motels/lodges in Buck meadows and Groveland on Hwy120 several miles before entering the park (use google maps and/or other hotel finders)

What you need:
- DSLR with wide angle lens of focal length 24-50mm, lower than 24mm could be a plus. Of course you can bring your other lenses but wide angle is a must
- 1-2 spare charged camera batteries
- sturdy/solid tripod where nothing wiggles or is lose
- remote/cable release for long exposures (or something to keep the shutter open for more than 30s)
- for taking star trails you need an intervalometer
- flash light with charged batteries
- red light! (or flash light that can be switched to red light)
- comfy and warm shoes, warm layered clothing, knit hat, light gloves
-water, snacks
- If you do star trails pointing North, they'll usually take at least a couple hours, so think of something you want to do in the meantime and need to bring

May 5th:
Sunrise: 5:58am Sunset: 7:52pm
Moonset: 5:23am (Illumination 100%) Moonrise: 7:51pm  Moonset(Sunday): 6:11am
Civil 5:29am  8:21pm
Nautical: 4:54am 8:56pm
Astron': 4:17am  9:31pm

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: http://www.meetup.com/NightPhotography/messages/boards/thread/8314753
If you want to do star trails and haven't done it yet you may want to read up on that, there are plenty of blogs etc. about that on the Internet.
I'll be in Yosemite the night before (get there at Friday night and do some shooting). If someone wants to join me on Friday let me know.


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  • Ajay k.

    It was a beautiful night to shoot pictures and Enrico had lot of good tips and information.

    May 16, 2012

  • Ted

    Great event - thanks Enrico. GPS coordinates were very helpful.

    May 8, 2012

  • Enrico

    Where we meet it should not be crowded. In the email I sent out I wrote how I can be recognized.

    May 4, 2012

  • Fred

    If the lot is crowded, how will we identify each other?

    May 4, 2012

  • Fred

    thanks for opening up the wait list. I'll be in the bright yellow short bed crew cab. Gonna try to get there early to get some shots with good lighting. I expect the big bright moon to black out the landscape.

    May 2, 2012

  • Enrico

    It is Saturday the biggest and brightest. The moon will be around the same size and magnitude the whole night, there is less than 1% change. So it does not matter when you shoot it.

    May 2, 2012

  • Ling

    Hi Enrico, Not sure if you aware this. This Friday night is the Supermoon. The moon is the brightest and biggest in 2012 at 11:34pm eastern (8:34pm pacific). Therefore, could it be too late to shoot the Supermoon with the meeting time setting at 8:30pm? See the info:

    May 2, 2012

  • Fred

    I'll be at the park. Friday - Wed.
    You can count on me to make the meet up spot if the wait list opens up.
    Thanks for the link! Happy Shooting

    May 1, 2012

  • Jayakrishnan

    I've decided to drive up there on Saturday afternoon. Let me know if any of you are interested.

    May 1, 2012

  • Steven C.

    In the park campgrounds usually are filled up by 9:00 AM and people get in line as early as 7:30 AM. I.e. don't go for breakfast first! Campground 4 is a walk-in only camp. No reservations. It's also the most crowded space wise.

    April 24, 2012

  • Enrico

    If you want to camp in the valley you can try first-come first-serve campgrounds. http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyou...­
    You probably have to be there in the morning. Call the park to get more information.

    April 24, 2012

  • Lisa

    For those who don't get in, check out this Yosemite photo trip on G+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/1163...­

    April 20, 2012

  • Enrico

    Before you write a comment please thoroughly read the event description.

    April 20, 2012

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