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“This incredible close-up view spot of Half Dome is one of a kind,” says Walkowski. “The image was taken about 15 minutes away from North Dome where the hike ends. I stood on the edge of the cliff to get the best view. I believe it was along the Indian Ridge line. I picked this view angle for several reasons. North Dome, on the right, is perfectly lining up with the one on the left. It sort of looks like an amplitude wave in my opinion. Cloud’s Rest, the highest peak in this area, isn’t obscured like it is from Glacier Point. The full moon was rising behind Half Dome in the far distance. The sunset light angle was warming up the granite walls up to Clouds Rest and beyond for the last time that evening. The last 30 minutes were simply incredible when the light was entering the majestic east side of the canyon and slowly disappearing into darkness, reaching up to the Tanya Lake area. The magenta/silver color that was presented on the wall just below Clouds Rest left me speechless. I’ve never seen this palette of color while visiting this park. The most frightening moment of this experience was returning back through the woods, alone, in darkness. It took me over an hour and a half at a jogging pace with all of my gear. The panoramic vision is one of my favorite photographic techniques. The full spectrum of the landscape vision, from left to right, made my soul delighted. On the technical side, this image was made out of eight separate frames taken 1 to 2 seconds apart in a single row." Nikon D810. Exposure: 56mm, 1/5 sec., f/14, ISO 64.