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Snowy Banks, Yosemite, 2012

Snowy Banks, Yosemite, CA

Snowy Banks, Yosemite, CA

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.

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Black Oaks, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite 2012

Black Oaks, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite 2012

Black Oaks, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite 2012

Just after a snow storm, a wee bit of sunlight filters through the clouds to light up the scene.

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El Capitan, Clearing Storm, Yosemite, 2012

El Capitan, Clearing Storm, Yosemite 2012

El Capitan, Clearing Storm, Yosemite 2012

This one was shot a little while after I got this earlier shot. As I had mentioned in my earlier post, I had stopped by El Capitan meadow to photograph the black oaks while it was still snowing. After a while it stopped snowing and there was a brief interruption in the storm with blue skies over El Capitan. To get a little further away from the road, I plowed through the foot deep snow into the El Capitan meadow towards the black oaks. I crossed the small group of these oaks and looked back. The clearing over the granite had moved on further east by then, but the diffused light on it was still good.

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Clearing Storm and El Capitan, Yosemite, 2012

Clearing Storm, El Capitan, Yosemite 2012

Clearing Storm, El Capitan, Yosemite 2012

I made a day trip to Yosemite as a late snow storm moved through the park. I was a able to catch 2 breaks in the storm, one from noon to 2pm and then a very short one at 5. As I drove back west well before sunset, I went through some heavy snowfall and then rain which would eventually head towards the valley blocking any light around sunset.

I had stopped near El Capitan meadow to photograph some black oaks while it was still snowing. After a while, suddenly I saw some sunlight filter through the oaks. When I turned around and looked up at the towering El Capitan, I saw a little patch of blue sky drift fast above it.  I was too close to the action and I ended up tilting my wide angle lens a little up, which is very evident from this frame (you can see the trees on the edge of the frame bent towards the center).

I tried correcting the perspective distortion in Photoshop, but after a while decided to stick with the original. I like the trees bent I guess.

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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.

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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.

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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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Snow, Trees and the Merced, Yosemite National Park, CA

Snow and Trees, Yosemite National Park

Snow and Trees, Yosemite National Park - Canon_5D_MarkII-17-40mm-F18-.05s-ISO100

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“Yosemite Valley blanketed in fresh snow the morning after a snow storm cleared. This photograph was shot along the merced river close to El Capitan bridge, giving the viewers just a glimpse of how the park looks when covered in snow”

I spent a wonderful weekend in Yosemite couple of months back. It was my first time in the valley while it was snowing, first time seeing the valley completely blancketed in snow, first time installing tire chains, first time walking thigh deep in snow, in other words, I completely enjoyed it.

This was shot the day after a snow storm dumped fresh snow in the valley. I arrived in the valley the day before while hoping that the storm could possibly clear at around sunset. While conditions looked grim, as landscape photographers, all we can do is hope for that magic. Much to my wife’s dismay (it was really cold outside), we waited at a location pointing my camera at the El Capitan, hoping that there be some light at sunset. But right around sunset it started to snow, rather heavily. My hopes of getting any image like the one I got last year (see here) was lost. The storm cleared overnight and left us with some beautiful white landscape and clear blue skies.

I had visited this very same spot during the fall season and captured this (Autumn Morning) shot. The thought of getting a snow covered tree reflected in the Merced was enough to make me walk in knee deep snow to reach this location. Although, I was hoping for beautiful reflections throughout the frame, I am actually happy how this turned out with some ice in the foreground.

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Shoreline, Crater Lake National Park, OR

Shoreline, Crater Lake, Oregon

Shoreline, Crater Lake, Oregon

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Early morning warm light hitting the inner slopes of Crater Lake. The partially melted snow along the banks create a pleasing weaving pattern emphasizing the reflective quality of the water

As promised, this is my favorite image from Crater Lake that I have. It takes some time for the rising sun to hit the western slopes and reach the water below. By western slopes I mean ‘The Watchman” right behind the Wizard Island.  It was fun to watch the orange glow hit the Watchman and then progressively reach down and touch the water below. If you don’t know what the Watchman or the Wizard island is, then click the thumbnail.

Since this was summer, sunrise was at 5:15 AM. On most days I would be fast asleep at this time, but I don’t know what got into me on a Friday evening that I decided to drive non-stop all night and reach Crater Lake for the sunrise. 5 – 6 photo shoot, and then I was fast asleep in the parking lot next to the visitor cafe.

This particular scene caught my eyes as the sun started lighting up the slopes. The distinct shoreline is made visible mainly because of the partially melted snow, showing the dark soil. The contrast between the snow, the dark soil and the shimmering reflections creates some beautiful patterns.

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