Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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Last winter, I spent a wonderful Sunday making images, right after a snowstorm passed through. I visited some of my favorite locations for intimate landscapes, some unvisited for many years, and some to which I always return. I also visited some of the “landmark” locations where the classic views remind us of Ansel Adams’ photographs.
Top among those views has to be Tunnel View. I visited there, along with many other photographers, watching the light ebb and flow, waiting for some magic light. While watching and waiting, I fooled around with making multiple frames for Photomerge panoramic images, and bracketed frames for possible extended range imagery. I tried wide-angle views, and zoomed in for more detailed views of trees and cliffs, shadows and light. I also made some fun impressionistic “blurs.” One thing about living here is that I don’t feel pressed to make the traditional Yosemite photographs.
By late afternoon, after making several rounds through the Valley, I ended up in the Turtleback Dome area, which offers a different view looking back east into the Valley. The light looked great, and so I went to work. I started out making some panoramic “sets” of frames, so I could convey the grandness and breadth of the scene. I also bracketed many of my compositions for possible exposure blending in postprocessing.
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