Photography in the ButterMilks

Yosemite The Buttermilks

  • Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Mountain Biking, Backpacking, Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Dog Friendly
Food Nearby
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Wildlife

Dark, clear nights. Easily accessible camping. Plenty of bouldering at one of the most historic spots in the Eastern Sierras. Landscape photo ops of the sierras.

The Eastern Sierras have some of the most spectacular views in the world. This area in particular is known for its rock climbing. It also has amazing opportunities for photographers.

The nights during a new moon are incredibly dark and create great astro photography shots. During the day, the landscape is rugged and diverse, and you can get a variety of different shots for landscape photography. This place is great if you are an adventure photographer, because you can shoot rock climbing and stunning landscapes all in the same day.

Pack List

  • Tripod
  • Camera Gear
  • Extra Batteries
  • Lens Cleaning kit (it's dirty and windy out there)
  • First Aid kit
  • Camping Gear
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I went back on another climbing trip earlier this year, and I was lucky to time this trip with a new moon. A group of us drove out to the Milks and sat there near the giant Peabody Boulders looking up at the sky for a little over an hour. It must've been the most spectacular meteor shower I've ever seen too because I couldn't count the number of shooting stars we all saw. It was also REALLY cold out there, probably around 10 - 15 degrees, or at least it really felt like it. We sat there in awe, feeling wonderfully insignificant, and huddling close with hand warmers in our pockets. I'll never forget that night sky. My camera's battery was dropping pretty fast. I tried to take some good night shots, but I wasn't really satisfied with it in the end. Night photography is such a challenge for me... I'm hoping I'll have a better chance this summer since the milky way's core is visible now :)

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

George Bruce Wilson

I am a professional photographer/Film-maker based out of the beautiful state of Utah. I have always loved being able to create. From luxury furniture to adventure films. Creation is a huge passion of mine as well as the outdoors. Anytime I can't mix those two together, I am thrilled! You can find my work at ThreePeakFilms.com and in social media @threepeakfilms

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