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Sunrise Triangle, Yosemite

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 11 May 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I photographed this crescent moon suspended about Half Dome in Yosemite just twelve minutes after capturing the image in my previous post. Already the moon has ascended well above Half Dome, and there's a clear hint of dawn color on the eastern horizon. The series of images from that morning got me thinking about dynamic moments in nature, and how photographing them requires the ability to turn off your logical brain to permit your creative instincts to prevail. I write more about it here.

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Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Love the composing..perfect!

11 May 2011 7:19am

Florence from Paris, France

A lovely smily moon ! Great vertical crop and your shot also delivers a fantastic graduated palette !

11 May 2011 9:22am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Both today's and yesterday's images are breathtaking! Simple in composition, and yet still have such emotional impact! I have been learning and thinking a lot about color lately, and how the intentional use of color can make such a big difference- I love the way the blue and orange work together in this one!

11 May 2011 5:18pm

@Tracy: Thanks, Tracy. I hope you're doing well in your new home and the dust has settled enough to allow you to get out with your camera. (I know what a drag moving can be.)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Gary - The differences that 12 minutes can make are stunning aren't they? Especially in terms of the moon moving along which, compared to your previous image, was making like Paul Simon and "Slip Slidin' Away" at, if not an alarming rate, a rather impressive one. I have been in similar situations but only in my sleep...SO viewing your images and reading your text have been so valuable to me. One thing that I AM happy about is that I have always been a touchy feely emotional kind of guy so I usually always go with "how does it feel" The UNFORTUNATE aspect of that is that my technical prowess has not caught up with the mind and heart, so many of my images tend to be "throw aways"...but that's ok. it's all about learning and digital cameras are made for learning without cost of film...Plus, I have you and Don and Scott to guide me along.
I really liked your write up today - I keep all of them on my iMac and return to them to re-read So thank you. Finally, in terms of images - I really think that I rather prefer this image because of the fact that there is a bit more light (and therefore a bit more tones), and as you allude to in your title, the moon is in a third location vis a vis half dome and El Capitan, which in turn, invites an "eye sweep" by the viewer through the entire frame. All of this having been said, there is nothing like the thrill of catching that truly "once in a lifetime" shot as you guys did the other day...WOW...sure wish I could have been there...but thank you for taking us there in your beautiful work. Wishing you all the best, Gary - Sorry for the long-winded comment - As Always - Denny

11 May 2011 6:32pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fantastic work! the dark shapes look very ominous and the beauty of the morning sky and the crescent moon balance nicely against them...

12 May 2011 3:42am

Chuck from Naperville, United States

A beautiful signature shot Gary! The shots on the Singh Ray blog are really impressive as well. I can't wait to learn from you, Don and the group this fall in Moab.

14 May 2011 10:25pm

Julie from Easton, United States


16 May 2011 12:29am