This is an archived copy of the Oct/Nov 2016 Field Trip Planning Page
Eastern Sierra Fall Colors and a mid-October Super-Moon
to be focus of Field Trip slated for October 14th to 19th.
The California Highway 395 Corridor on the Eastern Sierra from Mono Lake to the Alabama Hills will be the focus of the Club’s annual Fall Color Field trip scheduled to take place from October 14th to the 19th.
The Eastern Sierra is California's showcase for Fall Colors and provids photographers with great opportunities to capture beautiful images of yellow, gold, and orange aspens against a backdrop of spectacular mountain peaks, streams and lakes.
In addition to the Fall Colors, the trip is also being scheduled to take advantage of a “Super Moon” that will reach its maximum fullness on the evening of October 15th at precisely 9:23 pm.
Wikipedia defines Super Moon as “the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.” It’s BIG and bright folks.
The website, Space.com, has a dramatic graphical presentation that illustrates just how much larger the Super Moon can be.
Check it our here:
Those making the trip will have a variety of opportunities to photograph the moon as it rises and sets over some of the more iconic landscapes that abound on the "Other Side of California".
These opportunities include:
Moonrise over Mono Lake on the evening of October 14th.
Moonset over the Sierra Crest from a variety of locations near Bishop CA, and the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, CA on the morning of October 16th.
With the Moon being at its maximum brightness during the trip, the group will also have an opportunity to try their hand at photographing under Moonlight in the Alabama Hills on the nights of October 16th and 17th.
Milky Way Galaxy
As a bonus, the group wil also have an opportunity to photograph the Milky Way Galaxy over the Alabama Hills and the Sierra Crest on the night of October 17th. The Galaxy will be visible for approximately 97-minutes from 7:40pm to 9:16pm.
The Galaxy photograph may be possible because the Galactic Core (brightest part of the Galaxy) will be in the Southwest while the Moon will be rising in the Northeast. To Photograph the Galaxy, the camera will actually be pointing away from the Moon toward the darker portion of the sky.
A Menue Approach
Trip participants enjoyed a pre-trip planning party at the home of Field Trip coordinator Les Thomas on Thursday, September 8th. A Field Trip planning and information package was distributed to help trip goers prepare for the trip.
The trip itinerary and info package identified specific times and locations for two primary celestial photographic opportunities i.e., Moonrise over Mono Lake on 10/14, and the Moonset over the Sierra Crest on 10/16.
The package also included information to help participants prepare to take photographs at night under the light of the Super Moon.
Detailed location maps were also included to enable participants to set their own time table based upon their interest.
The package includes information for the primary locations for photographing Fall Color such as Convict Lake, Rock Creek Canyon, Lake Sabrina, and South Lake Road among others.
The Above photo Moonrise over Mono Lake by
Bob Baikauskas was photographed in October of 2013.
The Above photo Moonrset over Lone Pine Mt. and Mt. Whitney
by Bob Baikauskas was photographed in October of 2013.
The Above photo Fall Colors - Intake II
by Allen Adler is typical of the scenes during October.
The Alabama Hills is also a photographic wonderland with unusual rock formations and dozens of photogenic arches, the most popular of which is the Mobius Arch also know as the Swan. This area will serve as the subject for the Moonlight Photography activity on the nights of 10/16 and 10/17.
For maps & Info package handouts go to our Field Trips Page HERE
If you have any ideas, questions, or suggestions regarding the trip you can email them to Bob Baikauskas HERE
A detailed trip itinerary and information package was produced to assist those who have signed up for the trip.
You can view and download the major components of the information package from the list below.