Yosemite night sky timelapse

More blogs to come on a recent trip to the USA, but this one couldn’t wait!

Last week (Oct 13th 2014) I had a pretty magical night at a place called Glacier Point, in Yosemite National Park. It’s a view point at nearly 2,200m above sea level, which looks across a 1km deep valley to (among others) the famous Half Dome cliff/mountain, which tops out at nearly 2,800m.

My friend Johannes and I got up there for sunset (by car, this is America after all) and stayed on to watch the stars on an almost perfect high, no-wind, no-light pollution night. We even got to see the most amazing moon rise from behind half dome, after staying up there for over 6 hours.

Some proper photos to come later, but this is a quick knock-up of 144 images taken over a period of 80 minutes from an hour after sunset. It’s far from perfect, but gives a wonderful sense of movement of the stars (well, the Earth, really), as well as overhead air traffic, clouds, and climbers bivouacking on Half Dome. You can see the Milky Way on the top-left of the video. My only wish is for a wider lens!

All images shot on Sony SLT-A58 at 18mm, f3.5, ISO3200, 25s with some post-processing in Lightroom 4.4. The images were combined with VirtualDub and compressed with Movie Maker on Windows 7.


2 thoughts on “Yosemite night sky timelapse

    • Kit Carruthers Sunday 19th October, 2014 / 3:37 pm

      Thanks, it was awesome being up there!

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