California: Yosemite National Park - California Naturescapes
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"Half Dome - Half Moon" Location: Yosemite National Park, California. The beauty and grandeur of Yosemite was best photographed by late Ansel Adams. This is tribute to his work. The Half Dome is the iconic rock of Yosemite and is a very popular hiking destination in the valley. Apparently half of it was sheared off by glaciers giving it its name. Tech Info and Tip: Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS at 100mm Camera: Canon EOS 30D Exposure: 1/125sec at f/5.0 and ISO 100 Filters: No filters Using red filter while converting to b&w can have interesting effects in the sky. A red filter typically darkens the sky which I like for images like this.

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.