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Congratulations to kurt765 for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 13 votes - View Previous Winners


Last summer Sean Goebel (fellow FM member) and I went on a backpacking trip to Mount Watkins in Yosemite National Park to shoot star trails, the Milky Way, and time lapse of another friend Wade Meade climbing up Half Dome at night. In addition to the time lapse, there were three still compositions with the Cable Route lit up.

We entered my version of the star trail shots in the 2017 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition and we won 2nd place in the "People and Space" category! The winning image is the close-up view, taken with an A7r and 100mm Zeiss Milvus F2. 8x 8 minute exposures stacked, ISO 500. I think it was F2.8

The wide view is with the A7r2 and Batis 25mm, also 8x 8, ISO 800 F4.0

Vertical milky way is 176 15 second exposures for the land stacked and averaged, 1 15 second exposure for the sky. Rokinon 50mm 1.4 on Canon 6D at ISO 12,800. (I think F2)

Check out the time lapse video that Sean put together. It's awesome.



I wrote a little blog post about it which has more photos from the trip.





The Cable Route of Half Dome at Night, 2017 APOY Runner Up







The Cable Route of Half Dome at Night, Wide Edition







The Milky Way Over the Cable Route




Sep 17, 2017 at 04:39 PM
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Enjoyed each one. Congratulations on the prize.

Dave




Sep 17, 2017 at 04:41 PM
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Makes me want to keep doing this with other scenes. Wish I could have gone on this hike! Mt Whitney was fun though. Voted for featured thread!


Sep 17, 2017 at 04:56 PM
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Amazing work! I like the wide view best because it shows the valley floor and what looks like Yosemite Village. How long does it take to hike that part of the Half Dome trail?


Sep 17, 2017 at 04:57 PM
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IShootThings wrote:
Amazing work! I like the wide view best because it shows the valley floor and what looks like Yosemite Village. How long does it take to hike that part of the Half Dome trail?


We had to ask our friend to go as slowly as he could tolerate, and it took him less than an hour to go up the cables to the summit.



Sep 17, 2017 at 04:59 PM
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Normally I'm jaded by timelapse stuff as it is too much of the same.
But this one is unique, well orchestrated AND executed.

Bravo!

Dan



Sep 17, 2017 at 11:03 PM
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Very impressive. Great idea and execution, the images are impeccable. Voted.


Sep 17, 2017 at 11:27 PM
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kurt765 wrote:
We had to ask our friend to go as slowly as he could tolerate, and it took him less than an hour to go up the cables to the summit.


Not too bad. Amazing work!



Sep 18, 2017 at 12:05 AM
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I'm a stills guy but I really preferred what the video was able to capture over the stills. That's not to say your stills are not great - as they are really good! Difficult to pick a fav as all three uniquely stand strong on their own. I do prefer the wide capture that's in the video over the still you posted - as I prefer the shadow recovery in the video version. Nevertheless you got my vote!
Dave



Sep 18, 2017 at 04:11 AM
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Well planned and executed to perfection.


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Thank you all for the comments (and the votes!)


Sep 19, 2017 at 06:08 PM
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This is awesome Kurt!!! I love the plan, the execution, and the final results!


Sep 20, 2017 at 12:26 AM
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Beautiful work!!

and CONGRATS



Sep 20, 2017 at 01:55 PM
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Kurt,
Wow.. Very cool
Great job here !
regards,
Dean



Sep 20, 2017 at 03:34 PM
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Great work, well excited plan, thanks for sharing.


Sep 20, 2017 at 10:27 PM
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Very interesting shots. I was not aware that the cable route had a dip as shown. Most pics I saw showed a very steep chain-cable ascent and appeared very scary.


Sep 21, 2017 at 04:53 AM
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dalite wrote:
Very interesting shots. I was not aware that the cable route had a dip as shown. Most pics I saw showed a very steep chain-cable ascent and appeared very scary.



The cable route is after the hump. The foreground hump here is called "subdome" and you go over that to get to the cables. The Cable Route definitely has exposure and people have died tumbling down from it. But, it's surely the safest route to the top



Sep 21, 2017 at 02:55 PM
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Thanks again for all the comments. The response to this photo project has been amazing and I am very grateful.


Sep 23, 2017 at 05:43 PM
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Great work and planning! Love how these turned out. Toss up between the first and last one as to what one I like better!


Sep 24, 2017 at 01:36 PM
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Fantastic!!


Sep 24, 2017 at 01:49 PM
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