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Call of the Valley

Location: Valley View Vista Point, Yosemite National Park, California, Map

This is a very special image I have ever captured. I decided to name it Call of the Valley after a musical piece that I used to listen to back home in India. The classical instrumental piece portrayed life in the beautiful Kashmir valley in the Himalayas. This visit of mine to Yosemite made me feel that way. It was so silent at this spot that all I could hear was the gentle flow of the merced river. Usually this vista point is crowded with visitors, but since it had been snowing all day the valley was very quiet.

The image shows merced river, snow covered trees and fog shrouded El Capitan.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L @ 42mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 5sec at f/18 and ISO 50
Filters: LEE .6 (2-stop) soft edge graduated neutral density filter.

Yosemite is the arguably the most beautiful national park. It's grandeur and the time scale it took to evolve is very humbling. I learnt that the granite peaks started out as molten magma deep below the earth's surface about 100 million years ago. Merced river then carved it into a "V" shaped valley and finally glaciers shaped it into its present day "U" shape. The beauty of the valley has inspired many. It's lush forests, tall granite peaks, amazing monoliths and beautiful waterfalls are so pristine that a visit to the park often overwhelms the senses. A visit here at least once in lifetime is a must.

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From California: Yosemite National Park