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Nineteen Teams on El Capitan
© Dan Arkle, Sep 2008
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As dusk falls in Yosemite, you can see how many people are on the wall at a glance. The lights gradually blink out; you can imaging the last few having an epic trying to find a ledge or sort themselves out. Twenty minute exposure time.
Dan Arkle - 21/Oct/08
Nice one Dan. really original type of shot
Jon Griffith - 22/Oct/08
Great photo. Dont usually comment on pics but really like this one.
Are you sure its not just a another night time speed ascent by Hubers!!
SiWood - 22/Oct/08
Thanks, Was thinking about the logistics of a night-time ascent, the photo would be brill if they could do it in less than 4 hrs. Another way of approaching these night shots is to do hrs of 20 sec exposures and then combine them in software. This reduces the noise as well as allowing longer exposures.
Dan Arkle - 23/Oct/08
Yea quirky but cool ! Wish I had taken it !!! I`m not really a photographer, but 20 min exposure dont seem long enough to achieve such a blah ! what I really want to know is how did you get that effect with the stars ! sorry for being so ignorant I`m learning :)
mr mills - 23/Oct/08
Another great shot, well done. Definitely the most creative gallery on the site! How did you get the star effect, was ir really just one exposure?
Mike421 - 23/Oct/08
Thanks for your kind comments. As the earth rotates, the stars appear to move in the sky. If the exposure is long enough this movement can be captured. You need to make sure the camera is kept absolutely still by using a tripod and remote shutter release. As the earths axis of rotation is North -South, stars closer to the pole will appear to move much less than those nearer the equator. Unfortunately I missed the Pole Star on this one, which would have remained still as it is due north. Long exposure is difficult on digital cameras as the sensors produce random noise. This was a single exposure of 20min, which you can check by working out how what fraction of a circle any star covers, as a full circle would take 24hrs.
Dan Arkle - 23/Oct/08
Stunning image, from lots of different respects - well done!
TRNovice - 26/Oct/08
Polaris... Looks like our world points towards the top of El Cap
Terry James Walker - 28/Oct/08
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UKC Photos - 02/Nov/08
Dan, Great photo, can you confirm the date you took it? If it was the 22nd Sept thats me on camp 6!! We did have a few teams behind us...
Sandstone Stickman - 06/Nov/08
Sandstone Stickman, it was 8.50pm on 22nd Sept, so it was you!
Dan Arkle - 07/Nov/08
The line of headtorches on the Nose of El Cap reminds me of the Bonatti Pillar on the Petit Dru in its heyday, as a very popular route above Chamonix in the French Alps. Through the 70's and 80's each evening during the summer, the 'Christmas Tree' effect was quite remarkable. Sadly, that route in the main, has collapsed in recent years.
climbright - 07/Nov/08
Excellent Shot really impressive I love night photography, can I be cheeky and ask what ISO you used and at what Aperture?
NHensman - 11/Nov/08
ISO 200, f/13, 1203secs, 10-17mm Tokina Fisheye @10mm (corrected to rectilinear in PS) on a Canon 450D. Using f/2.8-4 at iso 400 seems to be the most reccomended way to approach these, I'm still very new to it and its difficult to practice near Sheffield with all the light pollution. I also highly reccomend the Cleon 5 radio remote, works brilliantly for 20.
Dan Arkle - 11/Nov/08
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