Half Lined Up
Half Dome at sunrise, from Tunnel View
Yosemite National Park, California
Willie, Zack, and I spent a weekend in a snowy Yosemite National Park. We didn't quite get the snowy scenes that we wanted but we had a great time exploring the park and seeing what we could find. We visited some of our favorite scenes, we found a few spots we had been searching for, and we found some new places that we'll definitely visit again when the conditions are better.
On this morning we ventured to a spot that we were excited to photograph and hoped for a beautiful sunrise. The sky hinted at a beautiful display of color but something blocked the sunrise from hitting the clouds and we only saw a few bits of color grace the sky. At one point it looked like a small patch of clouds above Half Dome might get some color ... the only problem: Half Dome was really far away. Willie and I had recently purchased large telephoto lenses but they were sitting far away, tucked in the trunk of the car. I turned to Willie and said "fire my camera while I'm gone, I'm getting our lenses." Off I raced to get the lenses and get back to our spot before the color disappeared.
You never quite know what the camera sensor will pick up, in terms of color and detail, until you get home, and this is one of those times where the results surprised me. Little did I know, but the camera picked up the beautiful lines if colorful sky tucked behind Half Dome! I loved the way the snowy ground, the snowy top of Half Dome, and then the bands of color in the sky all come together. I'm glad I raced back for the big lens!
Nikon D800 w/Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary:
420mm, f/11, 1/10 sec, ISO 100
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