Image credit & copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo.
Few locations on Earth generate a sense of awe like Yosemite National Park does. From the first time your eyes meet Half Dome or El Capitan until your final gaze upon Cathedral Peak or Vernal Falls, this place has it all. Well, as we can see here by this beautiful image from renowned night sky imager Rogelio Bernal Andreo, the same can be said for this location at night.
In this image the Milky Way galaxy stands tall over the landscape as it casts its reflection onto the calm waters below while the Dark Horse of the galaxy seemingly on a tour of the horizon. An interesting note here is that when you see many night sky reflections in water you may notice that they seem a little more colorful than do the stars in the actual sky. The primary reason for that is because the stars in the reflection are slightly out of focus, and when stars are slightly out of focus they’re not as pinpoint and their color shows up more instead of the near white point of light. The next time you image Orion, Albireo or some other region, try a few shots with the focus off a bit and the color may surprise you.
I hope you enjoyed this image and be sure to check out more of Rogelio’s work.
Rogelio’s main site: http://www.deepskycolors.com/