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The Gates of the Valley

You can find this spot, also known as Valley View, along Northside Drive near the western end of the valley, as you approach the valley exits. There'll be a pullout on your left with a dozen or so parking spots. Like as not, there will also be a raven pair hanging around - I see one nearly every time I'm there. (Ravens, by the way, mate for life.)


Due to all the Ravens, I was limited with my composition. Not only that, but the crew I was with doesn't take photos for a living, and they were hungry for dinner after all the hiking.


Note to self.. Go alone next time! =)


El Capitan, the world's tallest granite monolith, on the left,(which you can find in my fisheye version sitting in the archives) and Bridalveil Falls on the right.


Anyways about the photo, it's not HDR!! I tried to save a horrible exposure with tons of dodging & burning. Hope you like it!~


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Taken on April 18, 2009