Friday, March 8, 2013

Contender Chris Dahl

Chris Dahl, American Landscape contest Contender, discusses how powerful and uplifting the Yosemite Valley feels

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Photographer: Chris Dahl

Location: Yosemite Valley

When did you take the photograph? I took the photograph on 6/12/2012 at 9:17AM

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-105 f/3 (Shot at 18mm 1/100 sec at f6/3). Polarizing Filter, Manfrotto o55cxpro tripod with 496 ball head and a Nikon cable release.

Please describe how you got this photo.
I arrived in the meadow early. As I was walking through the area, I saw the sun casting these great shadows on the grass. I positioned myself to backlight the tree keeping the sun behind as much of the branches and foliage as possible. I did have to move around as the sun rose and I did shoot multiple shots of this scene. I would reposition the camera as needed to keep the sun blocked as much as possible. The conditions were great, lots of dew on the grass and very little wind. I shot the scene in manual mode and checked the histogram often making adjustments as the scene changed. This was the original position I shot from. I shot a few images in a horizontal format, but I settled on the vertical because I like the extra foreground.

Did you use any special techniques?
I did do some dodging in the sky area during the exposure. I used a Cokin filter holder and a graduated filter to slightly darken the sky.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
There are many special scenes in Yosemite that make you feel truly American and portray the image we all associate with the American west. It is truly the photographers dream come true. The access is so easy and well documented by so many great photographers and bloggers. For me, the sights you see in the morning hours before most people finish breakfast are truly amazing. There is not much in life that beats a sunrise, whether you are at a beach or in the valley of Yosemite. This scene gives me the feeling of life and a connection with the wonderful creation we know as Yosemite. It is warm, powerful and uplifting to me.


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