Timelapse shot at Tunnel View on the road to Glacier Point.

First of around a dozen timelapses shot on this particular trip - more to come. Have to say I'm not pleased with the difference between the appearance of the YouTube version and the original HD video I processed .... tons of artifacting in the finished video ... have to explore other software for processing. Oh, well - baby steps, right?

Started shooting around 9:15 PM and wrapped up around 45 minutes later.

It's amazing what you can see after you finish the shoot and start zooming in while processing the images ... besides the numerous commercial jetliners streaking through the air - watch for one really cool one that comes out of the clouds in the center of the frame between Half Dome on the right and El Capitan on the left and leaves a long contrail.

I was amazed at how many LED headlamps from rock climbers were visible in the video. There were at least ten or 12 on El Capitan (the big vertical rock face on the left side of the valley), two Half Dome (center of the frame with the hump shape on the right side) and two on Sentinel Dome (on the right side of the frame where the silhouette of the slope turns up after coming down from the far right edge). I considered Photoshopping out the stray headlights and tail lights from the occasional car, but if I did that then I should probably edit out the jets, too. They were there ... so be it.

The bright star above El Cap is Vega, the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, the fifth brightest star in the night sky and the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, after Arcturus. It is a relatively close star at only 25 light-years from Earth, and, together with Arcturus and Sirius, one of the most luminous stars in the Sun's neighborhood.

Nikon D4 with 24-70mm f2.8 lens at 32mm
480 5-second exposures at 6-second intervals - ISO 800
Shot in Nikon NEF RAW format, converted to full-size JPG images in Photoshop CS6
Native images are 4928 x 3280 pixels (20.5" x 13.6" at 240 ppi) - almost 18 megs each.

Converted to video with Quicktime Player 7 Pro

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