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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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Sunset Reflections, Folsom, CA

Sunset Reflections, Folsom, CA

Sunset Reflections, Folsom, CA

I witnessed a gorgeous sunset a while back and since traveling long distance after work was not an option, I managed to spend some time at a seasonal pond here in Folsom.

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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.

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Trees and Reflections, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite

Trees and Reflections, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite

Trees and Reflections, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite

This frame was made on the same morning as my previous post along the Tenaya lake shores. The sun was up for quite some time sneaked up above the ridge (top and left of this frame) and was side lighting the trees. Brief pauses in the wind provided momentary clear reflections on the lake surface clearing out all surface ripples. Once the winds picked up, the ripples would appear once again and blur out the reflections. As you can see, this frame was made while there was still some surface ripples left. I think, that way, the picture is more dynamic with some neat texture in the water surface.

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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!

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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 :)

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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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