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Winter Afternoon, Yosemite

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 27 January 2010 in Landscape & Rural.


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A partially frozen Merced River winds through a winter's paradise along the valley floor of Yosemite National Park.

Perhaps more than anything, it was the luminescent glow of the towering pines, lit by the late afternoon sun, that initially caught my eye, and I hoped my processing was able to render the light as I saw it. Once again, my favorite software, Nik Viveza and Nik Color Efex Pro to the rescue. Viveza allows for easy masking of the trees, and the foliage filter in Color Efex Pro allowed me to dial in just the right amount of luminance as I remembered seeing it.

The composition was fairly straight-forward. I used my 70-200mmL lens at f/16 to compress (just a bit) all the elements in the scene, but again, it was really all about the light (isn't that really the case for most images)?

I am off to assist Gary Hart in his Winter Death Valley workshop and will essentially be cutoff from the world while in the Valley. The hotel does have internet, but it is agonizingly slow (at least it was last year). Cell phones are useless, well, you get the picture. Please feel free to leave comments as I do read all of them, I just may not be able to respond - we'll see!

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/6 second F/16.0 ISO 200 70 mm

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