Oak Tree with gets a dose of late evening light after a snow storm cleared during the fall season.
This photograph was made during the same fall trip to Yosemite when an early snow storm had all the photographers excited for some beautiful weather in the valley. I had started driving from home, well aware that I would not make it into the Yosemite valley in time for sunrise. I had hoped that the storm would clear a little, but a quick look at the webcams on the way indicated otherwise.
I usually stop in Mariposa for refueling and some stretching after a 3 hr drive, and that’s when I checked the webcams. Now that there was no real rush to reach the valley, I decided to make the most of whatever existed between Mariposa and the valley, instead of gunning straight to the valley. Just outside of Midpines, the above scene was just unfolding, with patches of sunlight, clouds and the snow on the hills. I made a few other stops along the way that day, before finally reaching the valley.
I drove into Yosemite just as a snow storm cleared, in fact it had already cleared and apparently all good photos were made that morning around sunrise
But, there were other opportunities, mainly the details, throughout the day. It snowed on and off all day, ending with a decent sunset.
This photograph was made in the El Capitan meadow. The meadow, that day was beautiful with brightly colored trees and snow mixed together.
Just prior to making this photo, I had shot a beautiful sunset over the Mono Lake. When all the light from the high clouds had disappeared, I turned around to scene lit by beautiful dispersed light, one that usually occurs after the sun has set.
Well, I went to the Eastern Sierras in late Sept to get some of the fall colors while they still lasted, but this evening, looking at the weather reports, there was some promise of a late evening storm clearing up around sunset, so I decided to go to Mono Lake, souther shore instead. The sunset was good, with some brightly lit high clouds over a ripple free reflecting lake, and to add to that, it was the full moon that night. While at the southern shores of the lake, it can be challenging to get the moon and the lake together, I did get a shot of the rising moon over the eastern ranges.
When all that was done, I found this little detail in the desert brush, not far from the shoreline. I used a long lens to pick some patterns in the tall grass and since it was already dark, to keep noise as low as possible, I resorted to a very long exposure (10s in this case). Lucky me, there was no wind to disturb these grasses.
The year 2012 started with a few good images close to home in the American RIver Parkway, then slowed down during the spring and summer months and gained pace again during fall with some beautiful opportunities in the Eastern Sierra and Yosemite.
Below are few of my favorites for this year. Please feel free to leave a comment indicating your favorite among these.
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Previous Photos from the same location : Autumn Morning, Yosemite National Park, California, Snow-Trees-Yosemite-2011
A beautifully shaped sheet of ice found along the Merced close to Cathedral beach.
I usually make it a point to stop at some of the popular spots in the park, spend some time and check for any new details. I had previously stopped along the Cook’s meadow for some lunch/ browsing time at the gallery. I spent some time in Cook’s meadow photographing, but the next leg of the storm moved in and I had to pack. I moved further west, circled back on south side drive and stopped at the Cathedral Beach parking pullover. I walked towards the beach over 2ft of fallen snow with an umbrella in one hand and the tripod in another and found El Capitan was fully engulfed in clouds. But this little detail along the banks made the whole effort worthwhile.
A light wind was wiping out any clear reflection on the Merced, but the constantly changing direction of the wind, created some interesting unique patterns every instant.
Visiting places in the park you are already familiar with can be very rewarding. Since you already know the location, you are not anxious and that can lead to you seeing new opportunities not seen by you before.
Just after a snow storm, a wee bit of sunlight filters through the clouds to light up the scene.