Sometimes you capture a shot because it was planned out and everything worked to perfection. Most times, there is also an element of luck involved. This photograph falls into the latter category. Luck had everything to do with this photo.
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Never had I heard, read, or seen this light show between Mt. Dana and Mt. Gibb to the south of the Tioga Pass leading into Yosemite at sunset or I might have put this into the “must shoot” list while out in Lee Vining and Mono Lake. As luck would have it, I witnessed the beginning of a yellow light blazing across the front of Mt. Gibb 15 minutes prior. After a few shots and thinking there was nothing more, I wandered back into the deli/store to decide on if I wanted to buy dinner or eat what I had in the car. Upon exiting the deli, I noticed the light hitting Mt. Gibb had turned from yellow to this orange. I was not able to capture the composition I wanted initially as I was shooting across Tioga Road and a few large signs were in the way. The decision was made to go across the street and scale up a small embankment for a clean composition.
Also, remember to resist the urge to crop your photos all willie nillie. If you must crop, stick to standard ratios: 8×10, 16×9, etc. When it comes time to print these photographs, you’ll be thankful these cropped images will fit nicely on a standard photo lab print sizes.
The trip reports on the Fall Colors for the weekend of October 12-13 are linked here:
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 20mm, f/13, 1/10 sec
Lee Vining (CA), Sunset, Mt. Dana, Mt. Gibb, Snow. Lee Vining, Mono County, California. October 12, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.