Alamere Falls and Milky Way

Spent 11 hours Friday night / Saturday morning perched on a 3' X 6' ledge near Alamere Falls in Point Reyes National Seashore to get this shot.

Having shot McWay Fall with the Milky Way, I started looking for any other fall that was oriented the right way with unlimited sight-line to the south. I had been to Alamere Falls before and realized that the cliff it falls off of is oriented north-south, which is perfect.

I hiked the 4.2 miles out to Alamere Falls arriving around 5pm to scout out the location and figure out where to put the tripod. I wanted to get both the fall and the Milky Way in the frame AND be able to stay dry when the tide came in. Luckily, there was a ledge about 3 feet above the beach just to the north of the falls.

I photographed sunset, moonset, and then the Milky Way rise (at 3am). The sky started getting light at 5am and I packed up and hiked back to the car. Very, very tired, but I got the shot!

This combines an exposure of the fall illuminated by the setting moon and an exposure of the Milky Way shot about 3 hours later from exact same spot, camera, lens, etc

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