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- Title: Night's Tail
- State/Province/Region: California
- Country: United States
- Nearest Area: Yosemite National Park
- Best Season: Winter
- Description: Many photographers know about Horsetail Falls in Yosemite and that every February it lights up into a "Fire Falls." Many photographers, however, do not know that the same phenomenon occurs via moonlight on some rare occasions!
On this morning I woke up at 3am and headed over to the Picnic Grounds at Yosemite National Park. When I arrived the moon was really lighting up the falls but the angle wasn't quite right to turn the falls red. After a couple minutes of setting up and figuring out my camera settings all of a sudden the photos started turning orange! It lasted for about 10 minutes before the falls were completely dark.
To the human eye the falls appeared white but to the camera it appeared red! The human eye has 2 photo-receptors: rods and cones. Cones are really good at detail and color but require a lot of light. They don't work so well in low light (night). Rods on the other hand, are really good at low light but they can't detect color. So at night, in this scene, our eye only saw the brightness of the falls but the camera sensor saw the beautiful color!
- Gear: Nikon D300s w/Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR:
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