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Morning Illumination in Yosemite Valley

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 2 June 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Up early and wandering around Cook's Meadow looking for the light, I found these two young trees, knee deep in the Merced River, just touched by the rising sun. They were the only objects in the light - the rest of the scene was still shaded. I loved the way that they just popped. This light lasted only for moments, I did several compositions. This one was my favorite of the set.

NIKON D90 1/40 second F/16.0 ISO 200 195 mm (35mm equiv.)

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MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Yep, been raining a bit in these parts :)

Gald you are enjoying yourself.

2 Jun 2010 7:07am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

nice vision here - the two tress are well illuminated without blowing the highlights and stand out well in this scene!

3 Jun 2010 1:49am

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

Like blue on gold waters, beautiful!

3 Jun 2010 3:25am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Perfect light on the little foreground trees! Really makes them shine!

4 Jun 2010 1:57pm

1/40 second
ISO 200
195 mm (35mm equiv.)