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Valley of Wonder

Location: Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California, Map

Here is a classic view of the Yosemite valley seen from Tunnel View vista point at sunset. I could not be happier about this image. It took me several trips to Yosemite and never before I saw all the elements lining up for this image. It was snow on the hills, fog in the valley, water in the Bridalveil falls, sunset clouds in the sky and the warm glow on the granite rocks which was rare to find together.

Winter months are typically the best for catching good lighting conditions in the valley. Over the years I have made several trips to the exact same spot and have always seen a different face of the valley. Out of several keeper shots from this location I like this one the most.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L @ 60mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 15 sec at f/14 and ISO 50
Filters: LEE ND Grad 0.9 soft edge and 0.75 hard edge stacked together

I posted a slightly different view of this image on Aperture Academy's webpage. Click here to view image, rating and comments

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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