El Capitan continues to amaze me. Combine that with sunrise at Yosemite Valley, and you have some wonderful possibilities.
There is a well known picture by Galen Rowell, of El Capitan in the morning, which I tried very hard not to mimick. In his book Mountain Light, he describes in great detail the difficulty you face when taking a picture of El Capitan with trees in the foreground. You almost always run into problems with either tilted lines, or a not total view of El Capitan.
When I was at Yosemite in January, I went for a detail shot, just hinting at the massive size. When I was revisiting the park in early March, I had the luck (among quite some bad luck weather-wise) to get this special morning, and went for a total view.
It was snowing in the night, and remained for quite some time in the morning as well as mist moving around. So, I parked the car, and ran around, looking for a decent foreground. Took lots of shots, and ended up liking this one the most. The band of morning fog, from this viewpoint "behind" the trees and El Capitan, puts things into perspective, and allows me to take a total of the rock, showing its massive size. At the same time, the irregular shapes of the broadleaf trees as well as the play of light and shadow masks too obvious tilting of the conifers, letting me get away with a tilted camera.
My lens of choice was my Nikkor 16-85, at f11 and 16mm.