California: Yosemite National Park - California Naturescapes
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"Magic Hour at Valley View"
Location: Yosemite National Park, California.

The storm had passed but the fog lingered on El Capitan. As the sunset drew closer the valley was filled with warm glow reflecting off El Cap and merced river.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 40mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 2.5sec at f/18 and ISO 50
Filters: Singh Ray 3 stop rev. ND Grad, LEE .9 soft edge ND Grad and B+W Circular polarizer

Note: On a day like this make sure to be at this spot an hour or two before sunset. When I arrived here there was still room to find good composition and settle on a spot. Soom many other photographers arrived in frenzy and it was bit of a chaos seeing everyone trying to find a good spot to shoot the drama unfolding at sunset.

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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