Sunrise Moon Set in Long Valley

Equipment Info
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
70mm / f/8 / 1/60 sec. / ISO 200
State/Province/Region
California
Nearest Area
Long Valley
Town
Mammoth Lakes
Brief Directions

Long Valley Caldera is the large valley encompassing much of the Upper Owens River drainage near Crowley Lake in the Eastern Sierra region of California.

Notes

For portions of a sunrise moon set or sunset moon rise the exposure of the moon can be in the same exposure range as the surrounding landscape. To ensure maximum flexibility in post-processing, i tend to bracket exposure to have the option of using multiple exposures to draw from, to ensure detail in both the moon and landscape.

Description

The nearly-moon often sets at sunrise on the morning after the full moon. This moon set was shortly after a snow storm passed through the area, dropping 14-16" on this valley. The Long Valley Caldera near Mammoth Lakes, California is an active but dormant volcano, which creates a lot of hot springs in the area. On cold winter days, the steam from these hot springs fills Long Valley with "pogonip" ice fog, and hoar frost crystals form on vegetation. On this morning the temperature was -12 degrees.

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Date Added
January 6, 2022
Date Taken
December 19, 2021