In Cook’s Meadow

After an already great day in and out of Yosemite Valley we went to Cook’s meadow to try and get Half Dome lit up at sunset.

When I arrived down in the meadow after scaling a fallen tree, and crossing a little creek, and walking along the boggy grass to a nice spot with a great view of Half Dome it was covered in clouds. We all hoped the wind would shift and clear out the clouds before the sun set.

The top of the mountain was “hot” so I put on my 2 stop soft edge Singh-Ray Grad ND filter. It really didn’t help enough so I fooled around with different apertures-stopping it down and it was still too “hot’. So I took off the the 2 stop and put on my 3 Stop Hard Edge Grad ND filter. That did the trick! After awhile I was blessed with this shot.  It was a fantastic birthday!

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This is how Half Dome looked when I first got down in Cook’s Meadow.

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Yosemite National Park

California

Sierra Mountains

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 AF-S

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Sea Life

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

Mother of Pearl
Sea Shells
Pendant
Fish
Netting
Sand
Natural Light

A variation of the still life I did last year using a few added elements in the composition.
I used an 85mm f/1.8AF-D lens with a Kenko 20mm extension tube. No flash. I like this composition much better than the one I put together last year. I like the warmth and additional elements of the netting, sand, grass, and greenery.
Netting- saved from a turkey breast, and the greenery is from a package of California Rolls purchased “to go” from my favorite Japanese resto.

Exif: D300s/ 85mm f1.8AF-D with 20mm Kenko Ext. Tube/ f5  /  1/5sec / ISO 200/ Manual / No Flash/ Tripod used

PP- Vibrance, clarity, a bit of midtone contrast and resized