All That Glitters – Milky Way Above Yosemite Forest

All That Glitters - Milky Way Above Yosemite Forest

The Milky Way rises above the trees in Yosemite National Park, California

One of the most amazing sights often overlooked on dark nights is the Milky Way.  Tired, road weary and focusing on the road ahead its easy for travelers to miss out on the the scene above them at night. On a recent trip to Yosemite National Park I made a conscious effort to stop the car every so often when driving to survey the night sky above me.  It wasn’t an easy thing to do due to a good amount of sleep deprivation, but the results sure paid off.  Seeing the rising Milky Way is a sure fire way to put life’s challenges in perspective.

In this single exposure, trees in the foreground are lit by the ambient light of my cars headlights. The magical halo around some of the stars is an in-camera trick.  Combined I’m fond of how the connection between heavens and Earth came out.

Photo Details
Canon 5D Mark III, Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15 ZE,  ISO 6400, 30 sec – single exposure
Equipement courtesy of BorrowLenses.com



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Jim Goldstein is a professional photographer and author, based out of San Francisco, California who specializes in outdoor and nature photography. Passionate about nature and the environment Jim infuses elements of the natural world into his commercial, editorial and fine art work. For more follow Jim on Google+ | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Subscribe
  • Dal68

    That’s fantastic Jim!

  • Rich

    This looks like a HDR photo. I have not seen better.

  • josh Hagins

    What was the aperature?

  • Michelle

    What date and time was this? Was planning a trip up there to try the very same thing soon!

  • Claudio Pia

    Very impressive shot! You have done light painting with your car, ahahah incredible!!!