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El Capitan and Clearing Storm

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 18 February 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

Winter storms in Yosemite National Park are a bit tricky to time and it behoves photographers to be in the Valley and wait until the storm begins to clear. Such was the case with this cold winter storm last week. My friend Mike Hall and I arrived in the Valley just as the storm was nearing the end. As we started up Southside Drive, we were treated to this awesome view of the 8,000 foot granite monolith, El Capitan, emerging from the clouds. Thanks to some very low temperatures, the snow stayed fresh for two days of incredible shooting.

This image took very little post processing. I did use Photoshop CS4's lens perspective filter to help correct some parallax distortion. In the original image, the tree on the left of the frame was leaning in due to my low angle and the resulting tilting up of the camera.

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/80 second F/16.0 ISO 200 30 mm

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