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Twilight Moonrise, Yosemite Valley

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 27 November 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

On the first evening of my latest Yosemite photo workshop I took my group to Tunnel View. I like starting at Tunnel View for several reasons. One is that it's the perfect introduction for anyone who has never been to Yosemite. It's also a good location to orient newcomers on most of Yosemite Valley's prominent landmarks. And finally, since we're all assembled in more or less the same spot, photographing variations on the same thing, it gives me an opportunity to assess the skills of my participants and get those who need it grounded in the basics.

On this evening we got a real treat--a small storm that had pass through earlier in the day was just clearing. As many know, Yosemite Valley is at its best in a clearing storm, and I was thrilled to be able to share this with my group. As a further bonus, shortly before sunset the clouds parted to reveal the moon, nearly full, rising above Leaning Tower. I don't photograph Tunnel View much anymore, but this time I just couldn't resist.

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Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Tunnel View never disappoints! I always love to see the many moods of this place and I am always surprised at how different it can be! This is absolutely wonderful!

27 Nov 2011 6:34am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Superb !
I love the delicate pink tones in these clouds.

27 Nov 2011 7:42am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium


27 Nov 2011 9:02am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Magnificent Gary !

27 Nov 2011 9:11am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Gorgeous scene!

28 Nov 2011 3:41am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful photo with excellent light! every part of the scene is illuminated and exposed superbly and the overall view is stunning!

28 Nov 2011 3:55am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Well, I don't understand why you don't photograph it any more?! This is a beautiful spot. I have no doubt variations on the theme in differing seasons and times of day would produce spectacular and wonderful other images such as this one! Wish I'd been there. Well done! :O)

28 Nov 2011 10:28am

Babzy from Besançon, France

wonderful image ! :)

30 Nov 2011 8:15am

Sylvie (Anjou) from France

Wonderful image.

30 Nov 2011 6:30pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This really is magnificent, Gary. As Tracy stated, Tunnel View really NEVER dissappoints, but there are times when it just becomes exhaltant...and this one is one of those times! This is just magnificent! You HAD to be overjoyed, as you have mentioned! The greatest gift would be the ability to be one of your students in one of these workshops. I don't know if that will happen for me, but I sure hope it does...If, for some reason it does not, I know that the fact that I fiollow and read your images and lessons as casrefully as I can, will certainly help me to become more fact that has already happened! Justbeautiful, Gary! All the best to you - I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

1 Dec 2011 7:19pm