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Horsetail "firefall" 2016 | by Jaykhuang
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Horsetail "firefall" 2016

For a couple of weeks each February, Horsetail waterfall in California’s Yosemite National Park appears to be set ablaze by the setting sun, a fleeting evening spectacle known as the “firefall.”

 

I have no intention to shoot firefall initially since I had shot it from both traditional shooting spots in the past, even though the water-flow was not that promising. About several weeks ago, I came across the photo stream of my Flickr contact Tony Immoos who shot the firefall from a totally new perspective 8 years ago (flic.kr/p/5tNhse), and I started to explore the possibility to shoot it differently to avoid the crowds and avoid to have the similar composition as thousands' ones.

 

Tony Immoos were so nice to give me some suggestions and tips in the area. With the help of Google map and Google Earth, I discovered several spots were possible to shoot the firefall above the treeline. With the help of my friend's Qiao Wenjie's PlanIt app, I nailed down to the two GPS spots with the clear view to the Horsetail Fall.

 

We made a day trip to Yosemite park, and explore the first GPS spot in the east, the view is spectacular from the above treeline. Then we hiked to the west to the 2nd GPS spot where the famous Michael Frye just made the shot a couple days ago. The view is unbelievable gorgeous as well at the top. The hiking was so tough, and is much more challenging than my previous experience to hike down to the beach under the Bay Bridge. Thank you for Chun Li and Liping Yu to hike with me with this new explore!

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Taken on February 21, 2016