Highway 120 east or west to Lambert Dome parking lot, Toulumne Meadows, Yosemite NP
Reached via a 45-minute hike from the Lambert Dome parking lot, the Toulumne River falls line up perfectly for a Milky WEay shot in July and August. To make this image I set up two Low Level Lights (LLL’s), communed with several bears, and made my exposures about an hour after nighfall as the Milky Way rose diagonally above the river and behind Unicorn Peak. I used a headlamp to add additional light to the forest and rocks.
Canon 5D Mark III. 15 seconds, f. 2.8., Canon 16-35 mm at 30 mm; ISO 6,400. Lighting: Two VidPro LLLs with warming filters on Domke light stands supplemented with a leadlight.