If there was one common theme for this weekend’s shoot at Yosemite National Park, it was Pure. Blue. Skies.. I mean, not even so much as a wisp blew through above us. However, one thing this utter lack of clouds was good for was providing a perfectly clear night sky, filled to the brim with stars. This was what Amy Heiden and I had to work with last night. It was also really nice that there wasn’t much of any wind to speak of, so the temperature was more than manageable.

I took this photo right near the parking lot of Tunnel View. The orange glow you see on the right tree is ambient light spilling over from the adjacent tunnel (which I also had my fair share of shooting inside of given the lack of auto traffic).

This was the first opportunity I had to photograph stars with my new Sony A7 (coupled with my ever-loving Canon 15mm Fisheye Funkbuster lens). I remember Jake Johnson leaving a few dubious comments about how this camera would handle shooting stars… maybe he expected it to perform poorly due to the size of the body. I dunno. So, Jake, here’s your star shot (first of several). It has some minor touch ups from Lightroom but is otherwise pretty much SOOC at 15mm, f/2.8, 30 seconds, at ISO 1600. I’m more than impressed with the output and continue to be amazed at the performance of this little guy.