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Favorites Photographs from 2011

Below are some of my favorites from 2011. This must be the year that I concentrated more on the details in the landscape, rather than wide expansive scenes. I enjoyed the vast opportunities that the details provided, when weather conditions did not bode well for wide angle views. I have given short synopsis for each photograph below. Do scroll/swipe through them and write something if you enjoyed!

Outrush, Mclures Beach, Point Reyes, CA

Outrush, Mclures Beach, Point Reyes, CA

Waves, receding into the ocean, at Mclures beach, Point Reyes National Seashore, California. Light faded early at this location due to foggy conditions, but I did enjoy some long exposures before I left.

Snow, Tree and Reflections, Yosemite National Park, CA

Snow, Tree and Reflections, Yosemite National Park, CA

A clearing snow storm overnight, gave way for some clear blue skies and excellent photographic conditions the next morning. Temperatures were still low, and hence the snow was not melting off of the trees. This allowed some clear reflections in the Merced.

Fog and Trees, Yosemite National Park, CA

Fog and Trees, Yosemite National Park, CA

Fog slowly creeping along the Yosemite valley floor a day after a snow storm dumped snow on these trees. You can still see some snow lingering on these trees.

Last Light on Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Last Light on Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Mauna Kea, the dormant volcano as seen from the junction of Hw19 and Waikoloa Beach Rd.

Dance of the Dogwoods, Yosemite National Park, CA

Dance of the Dogwoods, Yosemite National Park, CA

Well, the Dogwoods were dancing in a light breeze as I was stetting up this frame and this must be my favorite for the year.

Half Dome and High Clouds Reflected in the Merced River, Yosemite, CA

Half Dome and High Clouds Reflected in the Merced River, Yosemite, CA

Clouds from a summer thunderstorm put on a vivid color display at sunset behind the half dome.

Raging Merced and Resilant Tree, Yosemite National Park, CA

Raging Merced and Resilant Tree, Yosemite National Park, CA

Late evening light on the cliffs surrounding the merced, reflect beautiful golden and blue light. This, coupled with the record amount of snow melt water in Yosemite, made this image possible.

Reflected Rocks, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park. CA

Reflected Rocks, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park. CA

The strange water level marks on the rocks and the surrounding trees found along the Tenaya Lake shores, made for a good subject on one beautiful morning.

Light Shadow and Storm, Hope Valley, CA

Light Shadow and Storm, Hope Valley, CA

Summer thunder storms clearing one morning created some beautiful light and shadows in Hope Valley. I was on my way to the Eastern Sierras and I had to stop and capture this scene.

Grass adn Reflections, Yosemite

Grass adn Reflections, Yosemite

Details found along the Merced early morning, with lingering snow on the long strands of grass.

Elm Tree, Fall and Snow, Yosemite National Park, Fall 2011

Elm Tree, Fall and Snow, Yosemite National Park, Fall 2011

End of fall intersected with the first snow storm of the season in Yosemite. This was shot as the snow storm cleared one morning, while Cook’s Meadow was still foggy and in the shadow.

First Light on Granite and Trees, Yosemite

First Light on Granite and Trees, Yosemite

First Light on Granite and Trees, Yosemite

I had arrived at Tenaya Lake for a morning shoot well before sunrise. Clouds did not cooperate for a glorious, out of this world sky with vivid colors, so I had turned my attention to some of the intricate details in the landscape along the shores. But when the first light started to kiss the granites and the tree tops, I had to turn my attention away from the details and point my long lens to the distant granite.

Green Hillside and Clouds, Waimea, Hi

Green Hillside and Clouds, Waimea, Hi

Green Hillside and Clouds, Waimea, Hi

While driving around the Big Island, the weather kept changing every other mile. Sometimes it would rain heavily and then suddenly there would be sunshine with  a rainbow. As always when such things happen, I normally failed to find a turnout to stop the car and take a photograph. Instead I enjoyed every bit of this random weather, not bothering about getting a picture. As I was getting close to the town of Waimea, I found this green hillside with some rain clouds, a row of trees , some sunshine escaping through the clouds and more importantly a turnout!

Akaka Falls, Hilo, Hawaii

Akaka Falls, Hilo, Hawaii

Akaka Falls, Hilo, Hawaii

I searched for “akaka falls” in google images and it returned 61,400 results. Here’s 61, 401′th result for you :) . That number must give you an idea about the popularity of this location. It’s easily accessible, may be at most 10min walk form where you park, that should be one motivation for many to visit I guess. In fact it’s one of the must do things in the ’101 things to do in Big Island’ booklet that you get at the airport.

The waterfalls itself is beautiful, and being in the wetter part of the island must be easily photographable almost any time of the year. I visited this location when it was raining. The way it rained was interesting, it rained hard in short bursts and then stopped completely. And during those lull periods, fog would fill up the bowl into which the waterfall plummets.

Although the roar from the falls itself was loud, there was this quiet mood created by the fog during those lull periods and that was the mood I was trying to capture in this photograph.

Glowing Halemau’Uma’u Crater Vent, Volcano National Park, Hawaii

Glowing Halemau'Uma'u Crater Vent, Volcano National Park, Hawaii

Glowing Halemau'Uma'u Crater Vent, Volcano National Park, Hawaii

This may not be actual lava flow, but an indication of its mere presence can churn so much excitement. The Jagger Museum area overlooking the Halemau’Uma’u Crater Vent was packed with people trying to witness mother nature at work. I had to squeeze through many already standing there to setup my tripod.

Before the sun actually set, it was impossible to say that such a spectacle would even exist at this place. On this day, it was dark and overcast with fog all over the crater, and with the sulphur dioxide emission from the vent it merely looked like an abandoned campsite. But once the sun went down and the ambient light dimmed, we saw a faint glow showing up just below the flowing plume of gas.

What you are seeing here is one of the active craters in the Kilauea caldera. We are standing at the rim of the Kilauea crater and you can see the entire sub-crater within it called the Halemau’Uma’u Crater. Within this active crater is the vent which is glowing from a lava chamber may be 300ft below the surface.

Last Light on Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Last Light on Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Last Light on Mauna Kea, Hawaii Canon5DMarkii_Canon70-200@100mm_F11_1/4s_ISO100

Mauna Kea, the dormant volcano as seen from the junction of Hw19 and Waikoloa Beach Rd.

Aloha!!

Here is a link to a wiki page with more info about the volcano itself, but honestly, those little white dot’s on top of it are the telescopes (part of the space observatory) and they should give you an idea about the gigantic size of this volcano.

I must say that photographing this volcano with the last light was not the original plan. My plan was to be at Anaehoomalu Bay (or A-bay) for sunset. Having read a little bit about A-bay, I found it was known for its amazing sunsets. With paid internet access in almost all of the hotels in Hawaii, I had to rely on this little bit of research I did using my iPhone. As we entered the parking area, I saw a sign that said ‘gates close at 7 PM sharp’ but ignored it and continued to park my car. In hindsight I should have backed out and parked in the adjacent shopping center and walked to the beach,  because sunset was at 7:10PM and nearly always the real color show begins after the sun actually sets. Long story short, I was driving out of the parking area when the sky behind me started to explode with colors.

But, as I drove out towards the highway, I was greeted with this magnificent view of the towering volcano bathed in the last light. Parking the car by the side of the road, frantically unpacking my photo gear and setting up the tripod led to the making of this photo.

Sunset Sky, Hawaii

Sunset Sky, Hawaii

Just to show you how good the colors were, take a look at the photo here. This is a section of the western sky. But may be all of this happened for the good. If not for the parking lot restriction, I may have ended up with ‘one more’ Hawaiian sunset on the beach ‘ shot. Mahalo!!


Winter Spotlight on Bridalveil, Yosemite, CA

Winter Spotlight on the Bridal Veil, Yosemite, CA Canon5DMarkII_Canon70-200@172mm_F11_1/50s_ISO100

Clouds in the western sky eluded us photographers at the tunnel view from a beautiful sunset, but there were other opportunities on that day. The one above was shot as a patch of sunlight filtered through clouds, moved across the granite face (from right to left in the above picture) and finally hit the waterfall.

Fog and Trees, Yosemite National Park,CA

Fog and Trees, Yosemite National Park, CA Canon_5D_MarkII-Canon_70_200mm@188-F14-1/4s-ISO100

Fog slowly creeping along the Yosemite valley floor a day after a snow storm dumped snow on these trees and the valley. While waiting for sunset at Tunnel View can end up in a huge disappointment, in terms of the sunset itself, but there are other little details that one could focus on, just so that you don’t return with no photos to show. Fog amongst the trees always helps accentuate the ‘calm/silent’ mood that we want to convey in a photograph. While there was no fog engulfing the valley on this day, there was a small patch that developed as the day progressed. I waited for this patch to form a nice diagonal pattern and here it is. Hope you enjoy it :)

Light and Shadow on Ice, Yosemite

Light, Shadow and Ice, Yosemite

Light, Shadow and Ice, Yosemite Canon5DMarkII_Canon70-200mm@113mm_F11_1/200s_ISO100

Looking into a telephoto lens and pointing it at just snow can reveal interesting shapes and contours. These shapes are created by nothing but light, shadow and the uneven snow surface. I initially stopped my car near the El Capitan meadow to shoot some of the black oaks, with snow lining up on their branches. But then when I looked down at the icy landscape below my feet, these interesting shapes created by the low angled light temped me to create this abstract design.

Icy Reflections, Cooks Meadow, Yosemite

Snowy Reflections, Cooks Meadow, Yosemite

Snowy Reflections, Cooks Meadow, Yosemite - Canon_5D_MarkII-Canon_70-200mm-F11-1/50s-ISO100

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Cooks meadow in winter is covered in fresh snow/ice creating beautiful mountain and valley like formations all over. Early in the morning the angled light casts beautiful highlight and shadows all over the meadow. In the photograph above, I used my long lens to concentrate on one particular formation and its reflection in the water. The calm waters in the meadow provide crystal clear reflections (I used a polarizer here to remove undesired glare on the water surface), be it of the close by details or the grand Half Dome.