Moonrise and Mount Starr King

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From last year’s visit to Yosemite National Park, this scene was captured on a glorious summer evening spent at Glacier Point. Two exposures were blended to deal with the dynamic range and allow for a properly exposed moon and some detail in the foreground. I had been focusing on Half Dome when the moon rising in the distance over this 9,092 feet peak in the Clark Range literally made my jaw drop. The longer focal length helped compress the scene and go some way toward conveying how impressive the moonrise was. For some reason I didn’t process this image until this week when I was going back through my archives in preparation for the upcoming trip. Less than a month away now…

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