Led by David and Chris Wilkins
Star trails in the night sky; a full harvest moon illuminating the Alabama Hills; moonset over the High Sierra… all enticed David & Chris Wilkins to put together a LPA field trip.
David did his “prep” work and utilized technology to plan the timing, and places to be. Sunrise/set and Moonrise/set times are available at http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications/data-services/rs-one-year-us. Utilizing the program The Photographer’s Ephemeris one can determine where and when the sun/moon are going to rise/drop behind the mountains.
David shared photos of the experiments from the night before.
We were led to the perfect photo spot by David & Chris. It was easy to get to, could easily accommodate all seven photographers, and was scenic. David made sure everyone knew how to set their camera settings, told us how to do test shots, and waited for all to be ready, before starting to photograph for the evening.
After the eyes adjusted, it was amazingly bright out that night. One could see better without a flashlight. All the rocks, and valleys between us and the High Sierra ranges were brightly illuminated. The jet pilots seemed to like the full moon too. It was a busy in the night sky!
Friday morning, we left at 6AM to photograph the full moon setting over the majestic High Sierra, while surrounded by the ancient Alabama Hills. The moon was huge and full of detail! Mt Whitney (14,505 ft) was right in front of us. As the sun rises, the pink Alpenglow starts to show on the highest mountain ranges and works it’s way downward. Add to that beautiful daily happening… a big huge full moon setting behind the pink mountains, and you’ve got a photo!
Wayne made it to Whitney Portal, in search of the waterfall. Dave decided to wander some more around the Alabama Hills. The rest of the group went to see the Charcoal Kilns at Mono Lake, and some on to Fossil Falls.
The Owens Valley is full of photographic opportunities! If you decide to venture up that direction, the Dow Villa, in Lone Pine, is a great place to stay. Most of the group stayed in the old historical section, and it was only $68 a night. The “old” hotel is quite clean, comfortable, and full of character.
Thank you to David and Chris for leading another great field trip!!!
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