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Cascade Creek

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 8 May 2008 in Landscape & Rural.

During spring snowmelt, Yosemite's Cascade Creek turns into a torrent of cascading falls. This image was made looking up the creek from the bridge on Highway 120 (not to be confused with the actual falls which can be seen from highway 140). I used a telelphoto to compress the top half of the tree with the falls. I tried various shots of the falls (creek) by itself but decided it needed a foregorund element to give a sense of scale and to add some visual weight to the scene. A 1/13 shutter gave me the motion I was looking for. The falls were lit with indirect light allowing for the entire range of tones to record on my sensor. To see more of my landscape, sports, and celebrity images, view and electronic preview of my book On the Edge, or to learn more about upcoming workshops (including the newly added private lessons section), please visit my website at

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/13 second F/14.0 ISO 800 340 mm

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