McWay Falls

Posted by CW McGowen (Morgan Hill, United States) on 23 November 2015 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Wednesday night was the height of the Leonids and I had planned an outing to capture the meteor shower. Unfortunately it was also very overcast, unsuitable for shooting or even seeing the meteors. Thursday night, as the height of the Leonids had already passed I had not planned to shoot. However standing in my driveway, the biggest brightest fireball I have ever seen passed directly over my home. The fireball was spectacular and I was moved chase the shower. Within minutes, I was on the road for Big Sur.

My plan was to shoot the Milky Way above McWay Falls and hopefully capture some meteors in the process. Unfortunately the meteors did not cooperate, but the shoot was still worth it.

Though almost all my shots are single photographs, the image you see here is a composite. It consists of 7 shots of the Milky Way. These are, stacked to reduce noise. The waxing crescent moon had set about 90 minutes earlier and it was a very dark night, so I used an exposure of 7 minutes to capture the bay and falls. Finally, I blended these to create the composite image you see here.

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Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

excellent work

23 Nov 2015 3:27pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

most beauty shot

23 Nov 2015 4:04pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
A M A Z I N G !!!!

23 Nov 2015 9:10pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

Excellent work to put this image together. I found that with Milky Way photos it is very hard to get everything in one shot and this would be one of the few occasions where I would go composite as well.

24 Nov 2015 3:03am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh magnifique et superbe ces verts

24 Nov 2015 2:48pm



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