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Lower Yosemite Falls

Location: Yosemite National Park, California, Map

An unusually high snow accumulation caused Yosemite falls to flow again at their peak during December, which is usually a dry time of the year. It was a fun photoshoot due to sub-zero temperatures and cold mist from the falls fogging the lens, and not to mention the roaring sound of the waterfall itself... wish I could capture all of that as well.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 17mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 1sec at f/16 and ISO 50
Filters: No filters
Post Processing: Warm tones in white balance, green-channel luminosity increase (trees were too dark as shot)

This is an ultra wide angle shot because I wanted to include the entire length of the waterfall, which is 320ft tall and also show the water motion in the foreground.

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