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Gates Of Winter
Photo By Joshua Cripps

  • Title: Gates Of Winter
  • State/Province/Region: California
  • Country: United States
  • Nearest Area: Yosemite National Park
  • Nearest Town: El Portal
  • Best Season: Winter
  • Description: I was winter camping in Yosemite Valley. After a lovely snooze on a bed of snow, thermarests, and cozy blankets, I got up early on the morning of December 29th, 2012 to catch the sunrise. I drove to El Capitan meadow to assess the light and it looked like the most interesting display would be happening to the east. Knowing the layout of the park, I decided that Gates of the Valley would be a perfect place to watch the sunrise. Arriving at the Gates, I noticed a few other photographers already set up. Not wanting to stand right next to anyone and noticing these fantastic tufts of snow-covered grass in the Merced, I waded out into the river to shoot. The sunrise started off blandly and I thought it was going to be a bust, but after 30 minutes of patient waiting the clouds broke up enough to let these lovely salmon and lavender splashes of light in. What a way to start the day!
  • Gear: Nikon D7000, Tokina 12-24mm f/4 lens, Induro Tripod, Acratech Ballhead, Lee GND Filters
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