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Daybreak, Yosemite

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 9 June 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A few weeks ago I drove to Yosemite to photograph this crescent moon rising above Yosemite Valley before sunrise. It's become something of an annual spring pilgrimage for me. Each year I'm concerned that the cat's out of the bag and the place will be swarming with photographers, but I was thrilled to be (once again) the only person present to witness this magnificent moment.

This image is also the Dynamic Range installment of my series on Photographic Reality.

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Florence from Paris, France

Wonderful silhouettes and nice glowing moon.

9 Jun 2012 12:54pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is a stellar shot, Gary (no pun intended)! I do so love your work ...and this one is really magnificent! Personally, I am really glad that you were there alone again. Perhaps for just a second, you wondered about the poor unfortunate fools who never think about trying to catch this scene at this particular point in the moon's transition. But then, I think probably your mind and heart returned to the place that you know and love so well: That place of peace, spiritual uplift and joy, as you composed this masterful image while drinking in the beauty and peace that surrounded you. It was meant for you and you deserve it! However, If, and when, I ever get back out there (and the intentions are strong), don't be surprised if you Do find an old guy with bad knees, a crumby tripod and a worn out Olympus E-510 stumbling over the rocks to get to this point!

9 Jun 2012 4:29pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & so beautiful!

9 Jun 2012 6:46pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

very good and superbly balanced composition that catches the moon just at the right moment!

10 Jun 2012 3:43pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Unbelievably good. That moon shot is superb.

20 Jun 2012 7:15am