Ryan Alonzo submitted this photograph to our first American Landscape contest. The photo is one of the finalists in that contest. Alonzo took this photograph in the Spring of 2011 in Yosemite National Park. He credits his knowledge of the park with helping him to take the photo. Alonzo writes, “Knowing this park inside and out has helped me get this shot and hundreds of others. I’ve shot the moonbow before, so I had scoped out shooting locations prior to this. Yosemite Falls is the highest measured waterfall in North America (2,425 feet (739 m) from the top of the upper falls to the base of the lower falls). The moonbow phenomenon happens every year in the spring when the waterfalls are raging and the full moon is in just the right spot. Thanks to an above average snow-pack (200%) in 2010/2011, it was one of the best waterfall/moonbow seasons in years.”
The photograph required an 8 second exposure with the lens set at f/2.8 and ISO 3200.
You can see all of the finalists for The American Landscape contest in the Finalists Gallery and you can vote for your favorite during the People’s Choice voting period.