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Rising Moon and Rising Pine | by Tyler Westcott
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Rising Moon and Rising Pine

Taken in Yosemite on Sentinel Dome, just after taking this and this shot. Those other shots are of a somewhat famous Jeffrey Pine growing on top of Sentinel Dome that sadly died and eventually collapsed only a few years ago.

 

Not far from that tree this young tree was also growing. Similarly it seems to be growing right out of the granite - there's no clear signs of soil that it's growing in which is pretty amazing (and also likely why the other one suffered from drought and died).

 

This was shot uphill with the deep deep drop of Yosemite Valley behind me - not terrifyingly close, but had I backed up another 10ft or so I wouldn't have been alive to post it.

 

As with my other posts from this spot I'm somewhat enamored with the rich red color coming from the smoky air at sunset. It was quite dark at this point, and clearly time to leave as this required a long 25 second exposure. The tree looks a bit out of focus if you zoom in on it, but for the most part that's due to the wind up there combined with the long exposure. You can really see the blur in the needles.

 

Oh yeah, I also kind of hate portrait-oriented shots for some reason, but I screwed up my landscape oriented shot here so, uhm, this is what's left to work with.

 

Nikon D40 | Nikon 18-200VR@40mm | f/9 | 25s | ISO200 | Tripod

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Taken on October 21, 2007