Milky Way by Juniper Tree

Equipment Info
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
19mm / f/2.8 / 48 sec. / ISO 6400
Nearest Area
Yosemite National Park
Lee Vining
Brief Directions

Yosemite's Tioga Pass Road, crossing the Sierra Nevada over 9943-foot Tioga Pass, offers stunning views. Some portions of the road offer distant views of Half Dome on the horizon. Tioga Pass Road is most easily reached from the town of Lee Vining, in California's Eastern Sierra region.


This image was captured on a Canon EOS 5DMark IV, at 19mm on the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 lens. The main exposure was 20 seconds, but additional bracketed exposures of 15 seconds and 13 seconds were captured to make use of the Sequator star-stacking program to reduce noise, and its HDR feature to help bring out Milky Way detail. The three RAW files were adjusted in Adobe Lightroom CC Classic before and after using the Sequator program.


Juniper trees struggle to survive in cracks on the Sierra Nevada's glacier-polished granite. On moonless nights, the view of the Milky Way can be spectacular under dark skies. In October the position of the Milky Way is to the southwest, and the orientation is vertical, complementing vertical subjects and landmarks to the southwest.

Date Added
December 30, 2020
Date Taken
October 12, 2020