Sometimes the more interesting photographs are the unintended ones. The ones where you have some time to kill while waiting for an event to occur, whether it be a sunrise or sunset, or in the case of Yosemite, moonbows and Horsetail Fall. On this particular early evening in April I was waiting for the moonbow show at Yosemite Falls to occur. I had already spent a good part of the day shooting and previewing possible locations for the moonbow. I had even purchased and finished dinner, if you could call breakfast bars, a bag of chips, and Gatorade dinner. There was nothing left to do except scope out a few more locations and wait. And wait. By the time I arrived at the meadows across Northside Drive from the trailhead to Lower Yosemite Fall, the sun had already set and the last remnants of daylight were slowly disappearing. It was only 7:30pm. The beginning of the moonbows were slated to start around 11:30pm. I had time.
Besides taking some “throwaway” shots of Upper Yosemite Fall, one of which turned out rather spectacular in terms of lighting but badly composed, I chatted with another photog and eventually turned away from the Falls to see this small meadow pond reflecting not only Cathedral Rock, but these little tufts of grass. I snapped a total of 6 photographs, of which emerged this Silver EFex 2 converted B&W result.
Yosemite posts from 2011: (I apologize for the small pictures and lesser quality of the exports from Adobe Lightroom.)
- Self Critique: Upper Yosemite Fall, Moonbow, Reflection
- Trees, Moonbow, Clouds
- Tunnel View, Sunset (HDR)
- El Capitan, Sunlit, Shadow (HDR)
- Tunnel, Sodium Lights
- Upper Yosemite Falls, Merced River, Reflection, HDR
- Sunrise Clouds, Tioga Lake, Cathedral Ridge
- Rapids, Tree Branch, Merced River
EXIF data: Nikon D50, patterned metering mode, 50mm, ISO 200, 3 sec, f/7.1
Surface Reflection, Grass, B&W. Across Northside Road from Lower Yosemite Fall Trailhead, Yosemite, CA. April 18, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.