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Yosemite Nightphotography at May Lake (1night)

  • Sep 8, 2012 · 4:00 PM
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Sunset, Milky Way, Startrails.This is a one night event. Hiking to shooting location is required, up to 2miles (one way) with elevation gain of 700ft. This is also high elevation, above 9000ft!
Please sign up on waiting list.

Event RSVP, attendance and limit, costs etc:

This event is limited to 9. A lottery was held on August 23th. If someone drops out, one from the waitling list gets the spot.

There will be a cost of $6.75 (incl. PayPal fees) per person to cover the costs of the permit (the area is wilderness and night access 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 when you cancel only when your spot can be filled by someone else!

If you change to a "NO" status less than 3 days prior to the event you are counted as a No-Show.  I'm tracking no Shows for this event. Guests are not permitted.

Accommodation suggestions:
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 me, Enrico
- complete a Waiver of Liability and return it to me, Enrico
- 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
- 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
- camping gear (if you want to camp at the lake)
- snacks
- energy drink if you need it ...

July 14nd:

Sunrise: 6:36am Sunset: 7:13pm
Moonrise (Sunday, illumination 45%): 12:14am 
Civil 6:07am  7:42pm
Nautical: 5:36am 8:13pm
Astron': 5:04am  8:45pm
Milky Way: visible until around midnight

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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  • Madhav B.

    friends, here is my time lapse video.. watch in full HD :)

    3 · September 11, 2012

    • Enrico

      nice. I would remove the pictures where the tree was lit up assuming that are only single frames/pictures. You can also make the video longer if you go with 29.xxi fps interlaced.

      September 12, 2012

    • Madhav B.

      I used an open source tool called ffmpeg using options mentioned by other users on the internet. Bu thanks for the tip. I will try the interlaced option.

      September 12, 2012

  • Madhav B.

    3 hrs... its made from 275 images.

    September 12, 2012

    • Enrico

      How is your leg? I'm glad you made it back.

      September 12, 2012

    • Madhav B.

      had some trouble over the weekend. Its better now. Now I am recovered completely. but all worth it. I had an amazing experience. :)

      September 12, 2012

  • Deborah

    Such a great night to be there. The sky held the clouds just through sunset which gave fantastic colors then cleared up! The company was the best.

    September 12, 2012

  • Michael S

    Fantastic weekend! Many thanks to Enrico for a very well organized meet-up and the fun group that joined. The views were breathtaking and we had the best of both worlds... partly cloudy late afternoon skies that cleared to allow for good night photography. How Enrico planned it this way, I can't tell you, but it was great ;-) Can't wait for the next trip to Yosemite!

    September 10, 2012

  • Sarita

    Many thanks to Enrico for organizing a fantastic event and making sure we got breathtaking views and great photos. Great people and experience. Deborah, thanks for your help and advice on camera settings and equipment.

    September 10, 2012

  • Cudacke D.

    Great experience!

    September 10, 2012

  • Cudacke D.

    Hi, is there anyone interested in carpooling?
    I am living in Fremont CA.

    September 5, 2012

  • Enrico

    Sorry. I didn't have time Yesterday to write up the email. I just sent out the information.

    August 24, 2012

  • Milad

    I'd also like to share a ride. Anyone from the south bay?

    BTW, How are we supposed to make the payments?
    It says "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)". I haven't received any emails about the payments.

    August 24, 2012

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