California: Yosemite National Park - California Naturescapes
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"Bridalveil Falls in Spring"
Location: Valley View Visa Point, Yosemite National Park, California.

I guess it is great to be in Yosemite at any time of the year and I believe I have been here in each season at least once. But when I witness great lighting conditions in the valley the visit is just that much more memorable. Here is the view of the famous bridalveil falls when dense storm clouds were rolling in with pockets of opening in them. Through these openings late afternoon light momenterily illuminated the falls and created very appealing contasts in the scene.

Characteristic of the spring season the waterfall was near it's peak and there is still some snow on the higher elevations. The meadow is just beginning to thaw and will turn lush green in few weeks. However, the storm clouds will be all but gone by that time.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 31mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 1.3sec at f/14 and ISO 50
Filters: Hoya 8 stop solid ND filter to allow long exposure. LEE .6 (2-stop) soft edge graduated ND filter.

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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