Nighttime in Yosemite
A summer visit to Yosemite National Park brought me to be able to witness some of the damage done by the Rim Fire north and west of the park. I was in the area to run a couple of workshops, teaching how to “Photograph the Nighttime Sky.”
I was able to spend a few days exploring one of America’s finest National Park.I was able to enjoy capturing daytime as well as nighttime landscape images in color, infrared and time lapse. With clear skies, I was able to visit Glacier Point, Olmstead Point, Valley View, Tunnel View and many overlooks that provided peeks at the raging fire just outside of the Yosemite Park boundary.
Only one night was the Valley effected by the smoke of the nearby fire, that is until the fire entered the park and smoke filled the high country and soon the valley itself. I want to share a few images from my time in Yosemite as well as the resulting time lapse that I created of the billowing plume of smoke as the fire devoured acres and sadly grew substantially.
My hopes are that not much of the beauty of Yosemite National Park was scarred by the fires. I had spoken to a park employee who was worried about her post up by Hetch Hetchy. When we spoke she told me that the fires were right around the corner from her entrance station. Fires like this both destroy and give life. It is sometimes hard to see the benefit in such a destructive force.
Tags: landscape, night, nighttime, stars, startrails, workshop, yosemite