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Overtop Yosemite Falls

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Overtop Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls Overlook, Yosemite National Park, California


Nikon D70, Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G

DxO (wb, exp, blur, distorion, ca, vignette. noise, loughting) PTMac (rectangular, autopano, stitch, enblend) nik CEP (brilliance/warmth, polarization, gradient nd) Aperture (rotate, crop, highlights/shadows, sharpen

5 exposures (1/400 - 1/250sec) @ f/9, iso 200, 12mm (18mm)



I’m deathly afraid of heights so even getting to the overlook was a case of learned helplessness: “I’m here anyway so I might as well walk a few more steps.”


Because of this, I couldn’t get as much a view as I had Caitlin hold on to me as I took the 5 exposures that went into this shot to hopefully show you what the view was like at the top.


Besides the Merced River coursing into the top of Lower Yosemite Falls, you can see Yosemite Villiage and Yosemite Lodge far away. Looking at this stuff through a ultra-wide angle didn’t help my acrophobia any.


I couldn’t figure if there was a polarizer setting that would highlight the rainbow so I removed it for this series and upped it’s saturation using post processing. I liked the saturation so I applied half of it to the rest of the shot. The other digital filters were designed to remove the haze and up the contrast on the sky. There were some wonderful clouds that day.


I’ll probably fix the oversaturation on the sky and reupload later.


Click to see untouched the PTMac stitch used (If you cannot view this, add me to your contacts and I’ll add you to my friends. If you are already a contact of mine then just jet me a message and I'll fix your status.)

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Taken on June 4, 2005