Half Dome Milky Way Night Hike

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© Sean Goebel
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Timelapse video: https://vimeo.com/181706906.

The milky way passes over Yosemite's Half Dome as a friend hikes up the cables. Kurt Lawson and I backpacked five camera setups to Mt. Watkins, a rock outcropping across Yosemite Valley from Half Dome, where we used them for still photos and timelapse video.

My original inspiration for this was a poorly-Photoshopped night image of Half Dome from Olmstead Point, which is a lookout several miles away on Tioga Road. Half Dome had been shot at ~200mm, and a ~35mm Milky Way (taken another day in another location?) had been pasted into the sky. It caught my attention, but I wanted to do it better, and for real. So I organized a trip, found a better angle, and recruited Wade Meade to hike up Half Dome wearing a bunch of headlamps to create a light trail. The Milky Way was a 15-second exposure, and the light trail was created over 40 minutes. The lens was a Rokinon 50mm f/1.4, and there was no recomposing or re-positioning of the camera. The milky way really did pass in this exact position as Wade was climbing up Half Dome.

6 responses

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (8 Dec 2017):

    What a beautiful capture! Skillfully done and planned to perfection! Love the narrative also!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (10 Dec 2017):

    WOW! masterful capture!!!!

  • Lev Lerner

    Lev Lerner gave props (15 Dec 2017):

    Fantastic capture!

  • Mark Rosenbaum

    Mark Rosenbaum   said (16 Dec 2017):

    Just awesome

  • Joe Dunckel

    Joe Dunckel   gave props (14 Jan 2018):

    What a wonderful Time exposure. I know this shot took a long time to set up. Thanks for this capture. Great work.

  • David Adler

    David Adler gave props (7 Mar 2018):

    Wonderful image--imaginatively conceived and skillfully executed.

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