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Rainbow and Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 28 October 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

My previous post described a rather unexpected rainbow and the panic shooting that ensued when my group saw it. Successful landscape photography is all about finding the best light, but success comes easier the more you anticipate rather than react.

The day after the unexpected rainbow I was guiding a private group around Yosemite in the rain. They were real troopers and I promised them that if they just held out we might be rewarded with something special. We were down the Merced River Canyon a bit, photographing Cascade Fall, when I noticed the sky lightening. I quickly rounded everyone up and we headed to Tunnel View. We arrived just in time to witness the first post-storm shafts of light deliver a partial rainbow to Yosemite Valley.

<I'm off to Yosemite and then Southern Utah and will have very little Internet access in my absence.>

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Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Wonderful view and post processing

28 Oct 2009 5:37am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

This is a very lovely, ethereal and "feeling" image.

28 Oct 2009 6:46am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This is magical, mystical, beautiful. If a place can be spiritual, you have perhaps found it and brought back its portrait.

28 Oct 2009 11:27am

Elora from Genoa, Italy

Another amazing magical shot Gary!

28 Oct 2009 1:35pm

pernilla from Andonno, Italy

A wonderful magic view! Beautiful shot.

28 Oct 2009 4:53pm

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Delightful image - and I absolutely agree with what you say about anticipation. Not everyone has it - I think you got more than your fair share coming down that conveyor belt :)

28 Oct 2009 7:03pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Just sperb. I love this photo.

28 Oct 2009 10:45pm

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!! This is breathtaking!

28 Oct 2009 11:43pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Another majestic image after yesterday's ... hope your ankle is okay!

28 Oct 2009 11:52pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


29 Oct 2009 3:23pm

Shoebox from Orlando, Florida, United States

Wonderful - you have a magic touch.

30 Oct 2009 12:49am

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Wow... a capture you can only dream about :)

13 Nov 2009 12:48am

John Emerson from Sparks, Nevada, United States

Hey Gary, I can safely say I'd be making this response to everything you click your shutter at: MAGNIFICENT! When it comes to your Yosemite photos (a super saturated photo subject in the marketplace), yours are NOT an oh-hum-just-another-Yosemite-picture. I've always had a high regard for Ansel Adams' works, albeit in black and white. But I think with Gary Hart on the scene, Adams will have to retire to a back seat! I'm proud to call you my nephew. And, yes, I think your dad is hovering nearby, nudging your camera in breath-taking directions.
Love, Uncle John

13 Dec 2009 12:53am

@John Emerson: Thanks so much for your kind words, John. Yes, Jay and I comment sometimes that Dad is watching us, and maybe even pulling strings in our behalf. His love of Yosemite and photography was no doubt the catalyst to my career--I'm only sorry he's not here to enjoy it with me.

John Emerson from Sparks, Nevada, United States

Gary, this is a P.S. to my previous comment: You are not only a terrific photographer, but your narratives are very well written. You really need to publish some books that contain both your photos and your narratives.

Uncle John

13 Dec 2009 1:10am