Fantastic shot, Jeff, nice HDR work !
Beautiful shot of Bridalveil in afternoon light. And the reflections; absolutely stunning. Great HDR, Jeff.
Thanks, I find HDR to be a great compliment to using graduated neutral density filters. The grad ND balances the light between the direct and reflected images, and the full dynamic range boost available through HDR is still available to capture shadow and cloud detail.
I live and learn. I haven't used filters, nor do I know much about how to use them. This shot inspires me to look into it. Last week (9/20), I stopped at V11 a couple of times and looked for the spot where you took this shot. I didn't find it. Looks like you were down in the dry river bed and a little to the west of the vista point. But after the rain, there was too much movement in the water to allow for such a mirror-like reflection.
This is truly a beautiful shot - it amazes me.
On the road leading out of the valley, this is from that long turnout opposite Bridalveil Falls. Over four million people visit Yosemite in a year, but few hike the extra 30 feet down to the water to get this shot. The water's usually moving too fast to geat a great reflection, but in late Summer and Fall you can get this view, and the lighting gets good like this in late afternoon. I'm writing a photography guide to the Bodie-Mono Lake area, and I'd like to write one on Yosemite as well.
Sorry, I should have called the site V10, not V11 (that's Valley View). The designations come from the roadside markers throughout the park, and are explained in the Yosemite Road Guide published by The Yosemite Association.
I ordered a .6 graduated ND filter and Kodak's "How To" book. It won't get here for another week, but I expect I'll be into it when it does.
Good luck on the Yosemite Photo Guide. It should do well.
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Photo taken in Mariposa County, CA, USA
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