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Yosemite at moonlight (1night)

  • Jun 2, 2012 · 8:45 PM
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Star trails, Mountains lit up by moonlight, MoonBow (if there is enough mist/spray) 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:

I'm 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 30th , 9:00 PM)

Accommodation suggestions:
http://stayatyosemite.com/
http://www.yosemitepark.com/lodging.aspx
http://www.stayyosemiteviewlodge.com/
http://www.stayyosemitecedarlodge.com/
+ 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. and standard zoom lens
- 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

June 2nd:
Sunrise: 5:38am Sunset: 8:15pm
Moonset: 3:57am (Illumination 96%) Moonrise: 6:38pm  Moonset(Sunday): 4:49am
Twilight:
Civil 5:07am  8:46pm
Nautical: 4:29am 9:25pm
Astron': 3:46am  10:07pm

Cars:
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. 

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  • Chuck H.

    It was really nice. Got a chance to do some techniques I had never done before and Enrico was very informative. The group dynamics was very good and we had an excellent time until the wee hours of the morn. Normally I would have shot this by myself but the company made the outing even more enjoyable. I would definitely do it again!

    June 9, 2012

  • Christine C.

    This was an absolutely awesome experience. The moon was very bright, the weather was warm and mild at night. I forgot how beautiful Yosemite was. I am looking so forward to seeing my own photos and everyone elses's! Enrico was so helpful and patient! The group was friendly as well as fun and by the end of the night, we were one happy family. I would love to do it again!

    June 4, 2012

  • Christine C.

    Thank you Chuck for helping me carry my tripod once in awhile and for taking such good care of me, and making sure the bicyclers did not knock down my equipment! You truly are a gentleman!

    June 4, 2012

  • Enrico

    great group of people.

    June 3, 2012

  • Chuck H.

    I just reserved a room at the Cedar Lodge which is located on Highway 140 in El Portal and not far at all from the park. I have stayed here before and it's pretty good. Can be a little pricey (relatively speaking) $132 per night. But I too am bringing my wife and as much as I would love to camp...

    May 28, 2012

  • Ej

    I am trying to get a room not far from our meeting place. Where do you guys stay?

    May 28, 2012

  • Victor C.

    Thank you

    May 28, 2012

  • Enrico

    just send you an email with that and additional information.

    May 28, 2012

  • Victor C.

    Hi Enrico can post where exactly are we meeting and what time. Thank you. I will be staying at motel 6 in Mammoth Lakes. I have a car but if carpooling its better I am open to any idea.

    May 28, 2012

  • Enrico

    Yes, no guests at the event. Madhav, you can send your wife to check some thing out in the valley there are probably some evening activities. Checkout the Yosemite guide you get when you enter the park, they list all activities in there.

    May 28, 2012

  • Christine C.

    I would like to carpool with someone. Whoever I ride with, I can stay at the same hotel to make it more convenient. We just need to coordinate asap. Also I can probably leave Friday if need be. I can drive too and bring other(s). I drive a Toyota Highlander (2 wheel drive). I haven't been on an "overnight" as this is my first one.

    May 28, 2012

  • Christine C.

    Hi Madhav, I think this is a no guest event. Enrico clearly stated up above "Guests are not permitted."

    May 28, 2012

  • Madhav

    Hi, Is anyone planning to go with their families? My wife is interested in coming along but doesn't want to get bored while I'm busy taking pictures :-)

    May 28, 2012

  • Enrico

    because of the bright moon you can see/capture only a few brightest stars.

    May 23, 2012

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