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Melting Ice and Grass, Yosemite, CA

Melting Ice and Grass, Yosemite, CA Canon5DMarkII_Canon70-200@126_F11_1/6s_ISO100

Submerged dead grass bunch shown through a patch of melting ice in Cooks Meadow in Yosemite National Park.

I first looked at this patch while I was just scouting for location without my camera pack. At that time the clearing through the ice was just small, with a small portion of the grass still visible. Once I returned back with my camera, I used a long lens to close in on this detail, used a polarizer to cut the glare from the water surface and when the light was just right, i.e. hitting the patch of grass, I took this image. Minutes later the ice melted away leaving behind a completely different scene.

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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.

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Frosted Leaves and the Sun, Yosemite National Park, Ca

Frosted Leaves, Cooks Medow, Yosemite National Park, California

Frosted Leaves, Cooks Medow, Yosemite National Park, California

Early morning warm sunlight on frost covered leaves in Cooks Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California

This was made the day after a snow storm cleared last winter. I had reached the valley hoping for some fog action at sunrise, but found none. I then reached Cooks meadow to get the first light on Upper Yosemite falls, but instead spent time with my macro lens and concentrated on these frost covered leaves.

Before the sunlight hit the meadow, the scene was so cold. I made some test exposures, but they had little contrast and looked dull. Then I realized that the sunlight takes about an hour after sunrise to reach the valley floor, so I decided to wait it out until there was light in the meadow. The moment there was light the scene changed so drastically, with the morning rays spreading warmth throughout the meadow. The frosted leaves and the warm light created the much needed contrast that I was looking for.

Since it was late in Feb. whe I made this, I was fortunate enough to find some new growth alongside the old dead leaves, creating another contrasting element in the frame.

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