This afternoon I'm off to Yosemite with a small group--tonight it'll be sunset atop Sentinel Dome, then we'll hang out and shoot star trails before hiking back in the dark. Tomorrow morning it's up at four (!) to photograph a crescent moon rising above Half Dome in the pre-dawn sky.
Today's image I took a couple of years ago from Sentinel Dome. Sentinel Dome may just be my favorite place to photograph in Yosemite. It's a short (one mile), fairly easy hike that I can do in my sleep (and probably have). From the top of Sentinel Dome you get a 360 degree view that includes El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome (among many others).
At 8,000 feet, Sentinel Dome's elevation above the surrounding terrain and relatively easy access make it one of Yosemite's best sunrise locations. Unlike Yosemite Valley, which doesn't get direct morning light until well after sunrise, Sentinel Dome gets rich, warm extremely low angle light. Of course it's also a great place for sunset, for all the same reasons.
Another feature I love about Sentinel Dome is the small pools that form after a rain. In today's image an afternoon thunderstorm had filled the pools and departed shortly before my arrival. I positioned myself behind the pools and found this tree to line up with the setting sun. Must to my good fortune, a thick haze in the San Joaquin valley to the west gave the sun and surrounding sky an orange hue.
* Website: Eloquent Images
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