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Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 21 May 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This image was taken at noon - a time of day that photographers usually avoid at all costs. But at noon in the valley, the sun kisses the edge of the falls, partially illuminating it beautifully for only about 15 minutes. On this particular day, there was also some lovely backlight on the bushes growing on the rocks near the falls.

This year, due to our incredible amounts of rainfall and snow in the Sierras, the falls in Yosemite are flowing like never before. It is mesmerizing to just stand and watch. In this photo, you can see a "comet" coming off the edge of the fall on the right. It is fun to watch the comets come and go and to enjoy the plumes of water spray when the wind picks up.

NIKON D90 1/160 second F/10.0 ISO 250 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Very carefully composed photo with good light and textures. But I like the story, too :-)

21 May 2010 5:33am

Ferds from New Jersey, United States

Beautiful! Excellent capture within that 15-minute window.

21 May 2010 12:45pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

so beautiful :)
well done :)

21 May 2010 5:05pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb capture and composition.

21 May 2010 9:13pm

David from Detroit, United States

Excellent composition. Color plays such an important role in this photo. I love the sheen on the rocks.

22 May 2010 12:28am

@David: Why thank you, David. I had been tempted to use a polarizer, but that would have knocked back all the glistening on the rocks. You have just validated my decision to leave it off! Thanks!

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

great vision on your behalf here to pick out this little composition of what must have been an incredible wider view... the glow off the rocks is really wonderful and makes this scene come alive!

23 May 2010 11:35am

1/160 second
ISO 250
157 mm (35mm equiv.)