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McWay Falls

California, USA

Camera : Sony A7rV

Lens : Sony 16-35mm F2.8

Tracker : Benro Polaris

Tripod : Really Right Stuff TVC 45

Head : Arca Swiss D4

Sky : 120secs F2.8 Iso 800

Foreground : 480secs F2.8 Iso 800

Filters : Kani night filter

McWay Falls, Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, California

I had seen many images of McWay Falls in Big Sur, California on the net. So on a recent trip to San Francisco, I had decided to visit the area and try and take a shot of the falls against the night sky. I kept an eye on the weather reports and 25th of June presented itself as a clear night, and off I was on a 2 hour drive to Big Sur. I believe the scenery on the way is stunning but I saw none of it in the dark! I waited till the 40% moon was low on the western horizon but still bright enough to light up the foreground at a tangent, as I was shooting in a southerly direction. A long 8 minute exposure for the foreground was shot and then I moved about a kilometre back to the north to a viewpoint which offered a clear view of the horizon. A 2 minute tracked exposure was then shot for the sky. The foreground and sky was then blended together to form the image you now see….

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