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"Upper Yosemite Falls - Spring Flow"
Location: Upper Yosemite Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, California.

Spring in Yosemite is the best time to experience waterfalls. This year, in particular, the waterfalls are roaring and I did not want to miss an opportunity to capture some of the action.

This view of the upper Yosemite falls can only be seen halfway through the hike on the tail that goes all the way up to the top of the falls. Even though I liked this image very much I have to say that there is nothing like hiking on this trail in person and enjoying the thundering roar of the waterfall and getting sprayed on by the mist. Also needless to say the view of the falls from the ledge on the top offers a unique perspective on how tall these falls are.

After hiking all the way up I realized that the best unobstructed views of the falls were from a spot which was about halfway through the hike. The evening light offered interesting orange colors on the rock face and deep blues in the sky are typical for this time of the year. This is a long exposure image since I wanted to soften the flow of the water and highlight on the sheer vertical length of the falls.

I highly recommend hiking on this trail especially in spring and if you start your hike at noon you enjoy the sunset views on your way back.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 27mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 20sec at f/16 and ISO 50
Filters: Hoya 8 stop solid ND filter to cut light and allow long exposure. LEE 0.9 (3-stop) soft edge ND Grad filter stacked with another LEE 0.75 hard edge ND Grad filter to balance exposure of the sky with the rock.

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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