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Mist and trees, Ahwahnee Medow, Yosemite National Park, CA

Rising Mist, Ahwahnee Medow, Yosemte National Park,CA

Rising Mist, Ahwahnee Medow, Yosemte National Park,CA Canon_7D-Canon70-200mm-F11_1/20s-ISO100

#1 Mist rising from Ahwahnee Medow, and the soft morning light backlighting the almost turned fall leaves. #2 First light hitting uper yosemite falls as a burst of water glides down the granite

I vividly remember the morning I made this photo. When I woke up early and looked up outside the tent, there was not a single cloud to be seen. Whereas the previuos two days that I was there, it was rather more interesting than that. But instead of sleeping in late, we decided to go out anyways before sunrise towards Tunnel View and see what we end up getting. Surpisingly as I was passing though Ahwahnee medow, there was this (very) thin layer of mist that was rising up and I decided to just wait it out here in the medow until the sun crept into the valley.

I ended up keeping two images from this mornings shoot.

First Light on Upper Yosemite Falls, Yosemite, California

First Light on Upper Yosemite Falls, Yosemite, California - Canon_7D-Canon70-200mm-F11-1/100-ISO100

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Morning Mist, June Lake, California

 

Morning Mist and Grass, June Lake, California

Morning Mist and Grass, June Lake, California

Mist rising from the lake surface  at sunrise on a cold autumn morning in June Lake, Eastern Sierras, California

This was shot during my second visit to the eastern sierras this fall. The first visit had generated some wonderful fall color viewing and photographing opportunities, so I kind of had high expectations from my second visit, but due to recent snows, most of the color was knocked down and the weather did not co-operate. I had set up camp at the June Lake Campground, but instead of waking early in the morning and driving a long distance to either South/North Lake or Lake Sabrina (a favourite fall color photographing location), I instead chose to sleep a little late and enjoy the sunrise from the banks of June Lake.

It was also my wife’s first camping out in the cold, well it was 35F – 40F in the night and for someone from the tropics, that’s a lot to tolerate. But the mood at the lake at sunrise with all the mist rising from the surface did compensate for all the cold she had to tolerate and she actually enjoyed being there.

There was sound from a light breeze, the thin layer of mist on the lake surface dancing around with it, but other than that it was completely silent. I noticed these long grass sticking out from the lake bed along with their reflection in the calm waters. Along with the mist and some muted colors, I think it conveys the silent and calm mood pretty well. With no color saturation, I did think about presenting this in BW, but I think there is not much contrast in the scene for that to be effective and also I like the muted colors.

I made this photograph with not much color, while my primary intention of this visit was to to capture vibrant fall colors. Sometimes a pre-conceived idea can completely blind you from seeing everything else that is interesting, but I’m glad that I was able to switch my mindset to adapt what lay before me. I think it is important to be flexible with our plans, when conditions do not co-operate for or original plan to work out.

Here is one from when the first light hit the snow covered peaks.

Sunrise and Morning Mist, June Lake, California

Sunrise and Morning Mist, June Lake, California

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