Winter’s View

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D800
State/Province/Region
CA
Country
US
Nearest Area
Yosemite National Park
Town
Yosemite National Park
Brief Directions

Drive up to Tunnel View

Description

One photo that has been high on my bucket list was a snowy Yosemite photo. I have been keeping an eye on the recent storms in the Eastern Sierras and a *huge* one hit over Christmas weekend, dropping over 7 feet of snow in one day in some areas! I rented a 4 wheel drive vehicle and drove into Yosemite just as the storm cleared. I arrived at Yosemite to see the entire place covered in white! It was insanely gorgeous. After scouting several locations I decided that Ansel Adams had it right and I found my way backto Tunnel View for sunset. I was not disappointed! Some low fog rolled into the valley, the trees stayed covered in white, and a slit of light made its way onto El Capitan for a beautiful view! To my surprise, my favorite image from the day happened to be one I had not expected at all. An almost full-moon rose just after the sun set, right during blue hour, and everyone raced around to capture the moon rising over Half Dome. I threw on my 80-200mm lens until Alan mentioned, "hey, try going wide." By this point I was cold, tired, and ready to get home before the roads turned awful so I fired 1 quick shot, packed up my bags and went to warm up in the car. When I got home I realized how right Alan was ... I liked this shot more than all my others!

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Date Added
January 30, 2013
Date Taken
January 30, 2013