Moon Rise Between Half Dome and El Capitan

Equipment Info
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
400mm / f/8 / 1/100 sec. / ISO 200
State/Province/Region
California
Nearest Area
Yosemite National Park
Town
Yosemite Village
Brief Directions

Lunar alignments like this can be anticipated in advance using planning apps on a smartphone such as PhotoPills and TPE, The Photographer's Ephemeris.

Notes

Exposure 1/100th of a second at f/8, ISO 200. Focal length: 400mm using a Canon EF 70 - 200 mm f/4 IS L Series lens and 2X Teleconverter III on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Description

Two climbers ascend El Capitan while the nearly full moon rises behind Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California. I've been pursuing moon rises by Half Dome since 2006, and I've caught it from many different vantage points in the park. The weather doesn't always cooperate but it always adds an extra interest to the composition. I started using moon rise tables provided by the Naval Observatory, then I added a DeLorme PN-20 GPS, and ultimately smartphone apps facilitated the process.

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Date Added
March 8, 2018
Date Taken
January 1, 1970

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