California: Yosemite National Park - California Naturescapes
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"Giant Cathedral Rocks" Location: Yosemite National Park, California. One of the experiences of Yosemite National Park that I like to capture is how it feel to stand in awe of these giant granite peaks rising abruptly and almost vertically from the ground. These are giant cathedral rocks in the morning light after a light dusting of snow the previous night. Tech Info: Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 25mm Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II Exposure: 0.3sec at f/16 and ISO 50 Filters: LEE 0.9 (3-stop) soft edge graduated ND filter and LEE .75 hard edge upside down to control overexposure of the snow on the foreground. Post Processing: The most important step in this image was the lens distortion correction using PhotoShop CS4. Without this correction the peaks won't appear vertical enough.

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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