We had a tough day today. The weather didn’t cooperate; only a bit of rain, but a lot of clouds that socked in some of the canyons all day.
Today’s word is “wonder”, which is what you feel all along a hike we did to the top of Waipo’o Falls, in Waimea Canyon. The canyon is up to 3000 feet deep in places.
This is an HDR (high dynamic range) image, created from three exposures with a one stop difference between each.
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Just wanted to post a couple of quick night shots. The Yosemite Lodge is a few hundred yards from Yosemite Falls, so it was easy for me to walk over about midnight and try a few things.
These were taken with a Nikon D700 at ISO 800, with a 17-35mm f/2.8 lens at f/5.6, for about 3 minutes. (Timed with my iPhone’s stopwatch.)
They look somewhat like daylight shots, except for the stars in the sky.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my time at Devil’s Postpile National Monument turned into a full day of hiking and about a hundred photos.
Today was July 4, so the park was crowded—probably a couple of thousand visitors—their busiest day of the year. They have a shuttle bus system to reduce the number of cars on the narrow, windy roads.
Among other things, the monument protects Rainbow Falls of the San Joaquin River. This photo shows how the falls got its name… (As always, click the images to enlarge them.)
The monument is named after a large, well, “pile” of columnar basalt. Normally perpendicular, there are some places where the columns seem to bend over. This image is infrared, which shows the green foliage as nearly white.
Here’s another infrared shot, of the dead trees left from the 1992 Rainbow Fire, which burned about 8000 acres of forest.
And here are a few other favorite images from my five-mile hike at about 7500 feet of elevation.
Tomorrow, it’s back to Yosemite.
I spent the day exploring more of Yosemite, hiking to Taft Point, driving to Washburn and Glacier Points, and then spending more time in Yosemite Valley.
The Valley has a lot of smoke in it from the Grouse Fire, which started from lightning about a month ago. It’s a little frustrating that the grand vistas are pretty hazy, but I appreciate the benefits that fire brings to the forest environment.
The image above is another infrared photo. It is the classic view from the “Tunnel View” overlook. El Capitan is on the left. Half Dome is just left of center in the far distance. Bridalveil Falls is in the lower right.
Tomorrow, I work my way back through the Yosemite high country, and will end up in Bishop, on the other side of the Sierras.
PS: My friend Nancy wanted a photo of me driving through one of those “tunnel trees”. The California Tunnel Tree in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias isn’t big enough for a car (and they don’t allow them there anyway). When the tunnel was cut in 1895, they didn’t foresee the size of today’s cars. No car, but here I am under the tree.
I drove down to Yosemite today—my first time visiting this park.
I like to get to know a place before I try to get serious with my photography. I spent some time at Tuolomne Meadows, and some time in Yosemite Valley. In the valley, I took some of the iconic shots that you’ve seen from other photographers. Of course, as I mentioned in my earlier post, if it’s in Yosemite Valley, somebody’s taken the photo before.
I am doing something a little different—I brought my Infrared Nikon D200, and trying a few infrared shots. The image above is an infrared shot of Upper Yosemite Falls in afternoon light, converted to black and white with Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro.
I also brought along my video camera. I’m not good at video yet, but I’m working on it.
Tomorrow is another day in Yosemite.