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Moonbow and Big Dipper, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 14 June 2012 in Landscape & Rural.

One of the biggest differences between the camera's reality and ours is the camera's ability to accumulate light. When I photographed this moonbow (a lunar rainbow) at the top of Lower Yosemite Fall, there wasn't enough light to allow me to see the moonbow. But my camera's ability to accumulate light for the duration of the exposure revealed all the natural color my eyes missed.

This is the fourth installment in my series on photographic reality.

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Have a nice day.

14 Jun 2012 7:15am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia


14 Jun 2012 7:58am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

excellent Gary..magical photo!

14 Jun 2012 8:01am

Loretta from South Africa


14 Jun 2012 10:27am

omid from mashhad, Iran


14 Jun 2012 10:46am

Donna Lee Michas from New York, New York, United States

Truly beautiful shot. Thanks for one I'll never be able to get here in NYC.

14 Jun 2012 1:17pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I should have known what to expect gary, another Yosemite master class!

14 Jun 2012 1:38pm

alex centrella from California, United States

stunning image ..

14 Jun 2012 4:35pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is so tremendous, Gary...your words in your blog (and here) make things so easy to understand,. Yet, the practice and skill needed to "pull it off" are still amazing. This is such a mystical scene! I just love it. Thanks again for all that you share with us! All the best!

14 Jun 2012 6:04pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks, Denny.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fantastic exposure! the land features and moonbow are captured expertly but it is the movement of the clouds that sets the mood and makes this photo for me!

15 Jun 2012 3:52am

@DarkElf: There's nothing quite like the clouds after a Yosemite storm.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Awesome! I feel so small....Just like when I am really there! So beautiful!

16 Jun 2012 11:56am

@Tracy: I expect to start seeing some of those Great Smokies images soon.

Florence from Paris, France

Another gorgeous and very spectacular shot. You're a master.

18 Jun 2012 6:13pm

@Florence: Thanks, Florence. I really enjoy looking at your images too (even though I don't comment as much as I should). :)

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

well presented

19 Jun 2012 6:18am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Wow! Very dramatic color and scope of this image. Excellent work.

20 Jun 2012 7:15am

Goddess ☼ Ƹl¡ from Tehran, Iran

fantastic !!! :)

27 Sep 2012 9:37pm