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Yosemite Falls and Merced River

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 24 February 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

I came across this scene a couple weeks ago while walking along the Merced River south of Cook's Meadow in Yosemite Valley. Color and light play such a large role in many of my images, and I liked how the sun was adding a warm glow to the granite alongside the upper falls.

The somewhat cluttered foreground would have been much more of a problem, but the fresh snow diminished its chaotic look and all the elements seemed fused together. I tried to position myself to allow the river to lead the eye to the falls.

Trying for fresh views of Yosemite is always a challenge as this park has been photographed by nearly every landscape photographer worth his or her salt. The best way to really see it is to park one's car and start walking!

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/40 second F/16.0 ISO 200 28 mm

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