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Omega Red - Valley View, Yosemite National Park

This is a 1 shot photo from Yosemite National Park.


It took me some time to find the composition I want and I guess after 20 minutes of walking and fumbling on slippery rocks, I finally got it, I was lucky enough to get the reflection of El Capitan lighted in red in my frame, the light show was short and sweet, 1 minute and everything was gone.


Apparently there was a group of photographers from a photography workshop arrived at the location some 30 minutes after I was there, but I guess the best spot was taken! Time really matters, arriving 1 hour before Sunset is crucial so that you have time to setup and search for composition.


The only lament I have, is the volume of the fog has been too thick and high, it really affects the sharpness of the rock, and I guess I'll just have to come back some other day for a better condition.


The Setup:

Canon Rebel XSi (1.6x crop factor)

Tokina Wide Angle 12-24 @ 12mm

ISO 100

Exposure Time: 8s at F/22

Tiffen 77mm Circular Polarizer

Singh Ray 2-stops soft GND

Daryl Benson Singh Ray 3-stops Reversed GND (Reversed to become a normal 3-stops GND)

Dolica Precision Tripod with Ball Head

Opteka Remote Control


Post Processing:

Selective sharpening using CS5 Raw

Minor Vibrancy, Contrast and Clarity increase in Raw.


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Taken on December 11, 2010