Moonrise from Tunnel View, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Moonrise from Tunnel View, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

During my Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom workshop last week for The Ansel Adams Gallery we photographed two moonrises, including this one on Tuesday from Tunnel View. The moon appeared right over Cloud’s Rest, between Half Dome and El Capitan, just before sunset – a spectacular sight. I’ve included two versions here: a black-and-white image just as the moon climbed into view (below), and a color version when the moon rose a little higher (above).

Naturally I used PhotoPills and The Photographer’s Ephemeris to determine when and where the moon might be visible. It’s amazing how accurate these programs are; both showed the moon rising just to the right of the peak of Cloud’s Rest, and that’s exactly where it appeared.

— Michael Frye

Full moon rising over Cloud's Rest with Half Dome, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Full moon rising over Cloud’s Rest with Half Dome, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

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Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author or principal photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to YosemiteYosemite Meditations, Yosemite Meditations for Women, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters. He has also written three eBooks: Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, Exposure for Outdoor Photography, and Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide. Michael written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.