The article's authors, Texas State University astronomers Donald W. Olson and Russell Doescher, along with Mitte Honors Program students Ashley Ralph and Kellie Beicker, were on hand for the rare encore performance. "It happens once every 19 years," Olson explained, "but first we had to work out the date of the original photograph, for which Ansel Adams gave various conflicting years. We also had to find the exact location of his camera, near what is called the Geology Hut."
Several photographers even showed up with giant view cameras, similar to the equipment Adams himself used.
At 6:50 p.m., Olson interrupted a newspaper interview to call out the start of a 4-minute interval when conditions for a repeat performance were optimal. Pellucid skies enabled the camera enthusiasts to experience the same magical low-Sun illumination that Adams had captured years earlier. But some won't know if they were successful until they get to their darkrooms back home.
"We do have lots of people showing up at Glacier Point for every full Moon," park ranger Dick Ewart explained. "But it's never been like this." Perhaps there will be a similar gathering on September 15, 2024, when the Sun and Moon will once again create the same memorable scene.