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Color and Classics in Yosemite

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 6 May 2008 in Landscape & Rural.

Yosemite's waterfalls are booming with spring snowmelt and Bridalveil Falls is no exception. A clear western sky offers a multitude of opportunities for rainbows as the Valley lays out in a west to east orientation. This image was shot near the Tunnel View overlook. To see a rainbow (or in this case an explosion of diffracted light) one's position to its subject must intersect the sun's position at an angle of 42 degrees. Late afternoon sunlight in Yosemite creates this opportunity. I have shot this image so many times that I decided to try including more of the iconic formations; there is nothing that says Yosemite more than Half Dome (located to the left of the frame). Also included is Sentinnel Dome (right of center) and the lower section of Cathedral Rocks (above Falls). Yosemite is unique unto itself; when special light is added, it elevates to lthe level of incredible. To see more of my images, view an electronic preview of my book On the Edge, or learn more about upcoming workshops, please visit my website at

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/60 second F/11.0 ISO 100 100 mm

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