Peering Into Time

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Nearest Area
Yosemite National Park

The Milky Way rise over Indian Rock Arch in Yosemite National Park. Wanting to shoot the Milky Way for some time I scouted and calculated the perfect timing to capture this scene I had envisioned months in advance. On a new moon night in the summer I headed off to Indian Rock Arch. The outlook that day seemed dire as the sky became cloudier as it got later in the day. At sunset I was treated to one of the most spectacular sunsets but it seemed like my opportunity of capturing the Milky Way was disappearing. I decided to stick around and wait it out. My patience was rewarded as the clouds began to part. I snapped away shot after shot waiting for a large enough hole in the clouds. I finally caught my break as the Milky Way showed itself through a large gap in the clouds. I light painted the Arch using a manually set flash. Some clouds remained near the horizon and were lit up from the light pollution from Yosemite Valley. Merely minutes after I snapped this shot the clouds rolled back in and the show was over. All it took was that one minute window for me to capture this shot.

Date Added
January 31, 2012
Date Taken
January 31, 2012

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