Upper Young Lake, Peninsula with Trees
Upper Young Lake, Peninsula with Trees. Yosemite National Park, California. September 14, 2010. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.
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Sunset light illuminates trees on a rocky peninsula, reflected in the surface of alpine Upper Young Lake, Yosemite National Park, California.
This is one more and perhaps the last in the sequence of photographs made on a mid-September evening at Upper Young Lake. I mentioned in a previous post that I had walked up here from my campsite to photograph in the beautiful evening light, and after wandering about and making a few other photographs I finally decided to focus my efforts on this scene featuring tree-covered rocks at the end of a small, curving peninsula. I began shooting just as the "golden hour" time began, and continued until the light was quite dim... and I had to start heading back down what passes for a trail to my camp at a lower lake. This photograph was made at a point at which the light had really begun to warm up as the sun dropped toward the horizon, but before the very last (and very red) light.
A comment on why I have posted several photographs (four by now?) of more or less this same scene rather than selecting "the best" one... I've previously written about my reasons for posting daily photographs at the blog, which include practice and encouraging me to regularly take photographs all the way through at least an initial post-processing workflow. The latter gives me a better opportunity to get to know the different images, both as I work on them and I I consider them after posting. So, frankly, I don't necessarily have a clear favorite at this point.
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