Moon Rising Over Half Dome

Moon Rising Over Half Dome

Every year I go to Yosemite for my birthday. We had hiked up Yosemite Falls all day and got back to the valley extremely exhausted. After grabbing a beer I convinced my friends to wait for the moon to set over the valley so I could get a couple photos. I had hoped the moon would fall over Half Dome and I could get the classic ”Moon Over Half Dome” shot, but alas, the moon was too far east. Instead, I ended with this shot (which I am very pleased with). I shot this from a big open field near Lower Yosemite Falls. I posted a version of this photo a while ago but I decided to re-edit it now that I’m a bit better with Photoshop. I’ll be back to Yosemite in May and I’m hoping for some more great shots!

Nikon D80 w/Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX:
27 mm, f/4.5 ISO 320
HDR composed of 3 photos (1/250 sec, 1/500 sec, 1/80 sec ) in Photomatix Pro and edited in Photoshop.

Aaron M Written by:

Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.

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