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Dusk, Upper Young Lake, Yosemite National Park | by Tyler Westcott
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Dusk, Upper Young Lake, Yosemite National Park

I had the extraordinarily good fortune to make another trip to Yosemite this year for about a week. I've taken a break to rest from the trip and wait for my film to come back before I began posting any images (in part to determine what digital images I would post, and which film shots I would later scan).

 

One of the highlights of the trip was a two-night backpacking trip up to Young Lakes, about seven miles north of Tuolumne Meadows. Young Lakes has been a place I've wanted to finish since I first took note of it from a photograph by Charles Cramer I first saw while visiting Yosemite - it was a photo that largely inspired me to take up Large Format photography, that showed me the value of the final print over everything else, and drove me to make the trip out to Young Lakes.

 

During the beautiful sunset I was focused primarily on shooting Large Format, but as the light got lower (and focusing a large format camera becomes much more difficult) I turned my attention back to shooting digital.

 

The shoreline along the Upper Young lake is absolutely beautiful. White granite rocks breakup the shoreline, where still water meets green grass and wildflowers. The low light required a longer exposure, which creates beautiful reflections.

 

I could write volumes about Young Lakes, Yosemite, and my recent trip in general (and I probably will with subsequent posts), but for now I'll leave this as-is and I will plan to post several additional photos over the coming days and weeks.

 

Nikon D90 | Nikon 18-200VR@82mm | f/9 | 2s | ISO200 | Tripod | Composite

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Taken on July 22, 2010