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Clearing Storm at Valley View (Explore #7) | by mikeSF_
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Clearing Storm at Valley View (Explore #7)

It snowed. It kept snowing for almost the entire day, reducing our ambitious photography goals to little more than sitting in my truck, waiting for any break in the storm. My daughter(10) came along on this trip, and she was nevertheless thrilled that daddy put down the camera for a few hours and helped her build a snowman and a snow slide in front of Yosemite Lodge.


By late afternoon, it was looking as though the ceiling might be thinning, so we ran back to Cook's Meadow for the earlier posted Half Dome shot. Then off to Tunnel View. Before we could get there, some golden-hour colors were beginning to pop, so we opted to settle in at Valley View to ride out the evening. Without a moment to spare, the warm colors painted the icy blue air and danced over the rushing waters of the Merced River. A reasonable crowd of photographers added a chatter of shutter clicks to nature's scene.


A small blue hole began to open in the cloud layer, and as if to drop the final cherry on a delicious winter sundae, the "super snow moon" appeared as a final adornment. Perfection.


Lens is the DFA 25mm f/4 on the Pentax 645Z. 2-exposure bracketed manual blend at 0 and -1.3ev.

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Taken on February 17, 2019