Half Dome in Black and White
I've always wanted to visit Yosemite National Park, so Kate and I tacked on a side trip their from her parents house in Sacramento at the end of 2008. This was right before Christmas and we spent all of two days and two nights there mostly driving and doing short hikes around the valley. Hiking was pretty limited as there had been a recent snow storm that dropped about eight inches of snow on the ground. We stayed at Curry Village in one of their permanent canvas tents. It was fun by VERY cold.
On the last day we were packing up and were going to hit Lower Yosemite Falls on the way out, but on the way way there we stopped at the Sentinel Bridge parking area and I was able to make this shot, which has turned out to be the best image from the trip. The capturing of this image is actually pretty boring. I stood on the sidewalk of the bridge for about 20 minutes and waited for the clouds to clear. They move pretty quickly through the area which I have since learned. Then just shot this handheld with with 20D and the 70-200. The funny thing about when I got this, there was a tour bus stopped on the bridge behind me that was loaded with stereotypical tourists snapping the same scene as me through the windows...flash and all. I've wondered how theirs turned out.
Side note with this image, it has just been selected to be featured in the magazine Outdoor Photographer in their "Favorite Places" feature - August, 2012. I even got to write about 500 words about it. Pretty cool!
Canon 20D, 70-200 F/2.8L IS at 85mm, f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO100
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