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Snowy Spring Day

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 23 April 2010 in Landscape & Rural.


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Visual metaphors (a comparison of two things) are everywhere in nature - some more obvious than others. For me, this image represents the transition of two seasons - winter to spring. I find that if the metaphor is too subtle the message will be lost. If it is too obvious (forced by the photographer) then the image can appear too gimmicky.

I had spent the day with some friends photographing redbud in the Merced River Canyon in a steady rain (yes, I put the rain gear on too late when I was already soaked). We then decided to drive into the Valley and shoot some winter images. It was getting colder (and so was I) and I realized that the waterfalls juxtaposed against the winter conditions could make for some nice images.

Fortunately the wet conditions kept the tourists in doors and we had the base of lower Yosemite Fall to ourselves. I first started working vertically from a bridge that spans the runoff, then I noticed how these pines were looking more winter-like with the snow sticking to their branches. I moved to the far left of the viewing area, switched to my 16 - 35mmL wide angle at 16mm, and composed this image.

What I was attempting to compare was the voracity of the fall (which one would not see in the dead of winter) to the lingering winter season. Hopefully this works. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/4 second F/16.0 ISO 400 38 mm

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