California: Yosemite National Park - California Naturescapes
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"Bridalveil Falls in Winter"
Location: Yosemite National Park, California.

A bright day after a fresh dusting of snow in Yosemite is a wonderful condition to photograph Yosemite. This spot gets good light during summer when the sun hits directly on the cliff face at sunset. But a combination of clouds and ambient light during winter can be equally appealing. I felt the light on this cliff face was very pleasing on this day and decided to capture this moment.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L @ 46mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 0.3sec at f/16 and ISO 50
Filters: B+W Circular Polarizer

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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