A Miner’s View

Nearest Area
Yosemite National Park
Lee Vining

This picture was taken last week , the day before Yosemite closed. I was hiking with friends on the higher peaks of Yosemite and passed an old miner's camp high above Tioga Pass. I had passed this camp several times and recognized the potential of a picture. On other occasions the light was bad or I had no time. This time the weather was right and the clouds were with me. I told the two friends I was hiking with to go ahead and that I would catch up later. A hard thing to do at over 11,000 feet and climbing. I waited for almost an hour before the clouds began to break and light hit on the lakes and the mountain in the mid-ground. I realized after a few shots I would need more light in the foreground. I didn't have my regular off camera flash due to weight considerations. I didn't have a reflector to work with. It dawned on me that I had an appendage on my camera I never use, a built in flash. It's that little thing that pops up on your camera if you hit the wrong button. I was close enough to the frame and other foreground elements, so why not? The next shots gave me even exposures. The park closed on us the next day.

Date Added
October 8, 2013
Date Taken
October 8, 2013