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Snowy El Capitan

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 2 March 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Last December I drove to Yosemite and waited out a snow storm. When the storm broke I tried to make the best of the three or so hours of daylight remaining. Rather than returning to some of the more conventional photo locations like Tunnel View or Valley View, I end up at this location along the Merced River. I like this spot because it's the best place to get a full view of El Capitan, and also just about the only place in Yosemite Valley with a clear view of The Three Brothers, off frame to the right. Off frame to the left is Cathedral Rocks.

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Steve from Camdenton, United States

I like the luminous quality of the sun and fog ,also the golden reflection of the fog on the ice is nice.

2 Mar 2009 5:56am

Didier from somewhere, France

Wonderful photograph very beautiful light and colors

2 Mar 2009 6:01am

zahai from Berlin, Germany

Beautiful scenery and capture. Love the light revealing the details of the rock in such clarity, and the softness of the fog contrasting it. Wonderful.

2 Mar 2009 9:59am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Great great great shot ! love it ! *****

2 Mar 2009 4:26pm

Tom Nielsen from United States

Wow ! Is that natural. Photoshop ? Singh-Ray's ?

3 Mar 2009 9:20pm

@Tom Nielsen: Yeah, Tom, that's natural--no Photoshop manipulation or special filters. I shoot digitally but I'm still a film shooter at heart, so I prefer my creativity to be in the capture rather than the processing. The only filters I use are a polarizers (on most images) and a graduated neutral density (but only rarely, and not on this shot). I'm not a fan of HDR and never use it.

Justin Blanton from United States

These colors are ridiculous. Brilliant.

17 May 2009 7:59am