I started in camp just grabbing images of my tent (see my last blog post) and then moved out to photograph El Capitan with a spiral arm of the Milky Way over it. Having several hours to dawn, I visited several spots and got some different angles on the mountain.
Some close, some farther away. I was using my Bower (Samyang) 14mm and 24mm lenses on the Canon 5D2 and the little Rokinon (Samyang) fisheye on the Sony NEX6.
That is a very good combo and I was putting them to use in the cold air.
As the night went on ice fog began to form. I photographed around the edge of it but when it passed over me and the tripod that had the Canon with the 14mm it froze on the lens as soon as it hit it. Lens frosted over.
I went back and put the lens in my camera bag to warm up some and then switched out to the 24mm. I made sure to keep the lens hood on as that helps keep the lens from freezing over.
I kept moving about every 45 minutes to a new stop. Each one to get a different angle on the mountain.
After the spiral arm of the Milky Way set, I kept photographing and despite being out in 15 degree weather for close to seven hours I was still surprised how quick it went.
As the stars began to fade before the sunrise, I finally stopped to wait for dawn at a little rest area. I set up the camera for a long star trail image and then set up my little stove to warm up some hot water for a little breakfast. I had been so focused on taking pictures for several hours but as the dark of the night slid toward twilight I realized I was getting hungry. Oatmeal and hot chocolate were the order of the morning and both were great out there in cold dark of west Texas.
|Cooking up breakfast waiting for sunrise|
It was already a good day, and I was ready for more!